Though Melissa Gilbert is no stranger to plastic surgery, the actress has interestingly vowed to not go under the knife again in the future. "I went down the road that everyone else does — nose job, boob job, fillers, and Botox, but no more! I had my breast implants removed and I’m no longer doing fillers or Botox because I’m a 53-year-old woman and I’m trying to embrace this process of aging," Melissa told First For Women in a new interview.
"There’s this mentality in Hollywood of not allowing women to age or gain weight or to simply be themselves," she said of feeling Hollywood's pressures to look a certain way. Today, the Little House on the Prairie star is simply happy to be growing older. "I’m grateful to my body for holding up through some major health issues and serious surgeries," she shared.
"Right now I’m physically pain-free and relatively healthy and strong. I have the joy of being able to work on these incredible projects and live a life of fun and freedom with a man I adore and who cherishes and adores me back. By and large, the body image thing doesn’t come into play anymore," Melissa — who has previously battled drug and alcohol addiction and suffered serious head, back, and neck injuries — said.
After years in the spotlight, Melissa decided to leave Hollywood in 2013 after she tied the knot with fellow actor Timothy Busfield. The two — who have five children between them — now reside in Michigan. "Five years in Michigan gave me a chance to gather up my strength and courage. I finally feel as if I have a true partnership in life, someone who believes in me and encourages me to stretch myself in so many different ways. My life is insanely full," Melissa gushed. We're so happy she's healthy and happy!