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  • Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has been in the public eye for decades and has managed to maintain an active career and win numerous awards. Although Annie clearly stays busy and takes care of herself, one thing she isn’t spending time on is plastic surgery.

    New! Magazine has reported that The Eurythmics star has taken to her blog to write not a song, but a message urging women to stay away from plastic surgery. According to the magazine, Annie posted a message on Facebook calling Botox and other injectables “obvious” and “unappealing” and telling women to stop and think before rushing into procedures such as facelifts.

    She then goes on to generically describe the appearance who overdo facelifts and injectables as frozen and swollen-looking, saying, “I really think people need to think very carefully before heading for the needle or the knife. If it were subtle and it just made you look a bit better it would be fine. But that’s not what happens. It’s very obvious, and looks like the person’s wearing a static mask. You just lose all semblance of authenticity. I don’t know why so many women seem to flock towards having their lips swollen and their foreheads stiffened like cardboard. It doesn’t make women look younger. It just makes them look disturbing… Plastic surgery looks very obvious and truly unappealing.”

    Annie looks great for a 58-year old woman and she clearly hasn’t had any work. The fine lines and wrinkles of her face make her look interesting and happy, but she doesn’t have a lot of the sagging around her jowls that tend to make women her age seek out cosmetic surgery. Most likely Annie indulges in good skincare habits, using sunscreens on a daily basis as well as skincare products designed to prevent signs of aging. Many women don’t take good care of their skin, or have bad genes and so plastic surgery becomes a more viable treatment option than just preventive care.

    It may interest Annie to learn that while the women she describes are victims of either too much plastic surgery or poorly performed procedures, when done right, plastic surgery can actually look so natural that no one suspects that it has even occurred. A more natural look can be done by using fewer injectable fillers or Botox at each session, to allow some natural movement in the face. Also, having only one or two procedures at a time over the course of time can also improve the results. Many women report having better self-esteem after plastic surgery, as they become more confident in their appearance.

    While Annie doesn’t approve of plastic surgery for vanity, she isn’t against cosmetic surgery in all forms. In her post, she goes on to praise the work of reconstructive plastic surgeons that work miracles after a scarring injury.

    “I’m totally in awe of the amazing ability to restructure a person’s face after they’ve been injured… That’s absolutely brilliant. It’s just the ubiquitous cosmetic procedures that seem to be fairly ‘normalised’ that I’m putting into question, where people attempt to look decades younger and it clearly doesn’t work.”