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F is for Frog Fan + Face-Fixing: A Kermit Moment + How to Be Smarter Than Celebs About Cosmetic Work

So many celebrities feed gossip by looking like they've had major cosmetic work -- don't make the same mistakes. Here's how to be smarter than celebrities about how you look.
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Jason Segel was on BT Toronto this week, to talk up The Muppets. I was on set waiting to do the interview below; I so wanted to run up to take a buddy photo (after his segment, in which he confessed Kermit was his muppet fave, Segel posed for photos with pretty much the entire BT crew). But I'd chosen to wear heels. I can barely walk in heels, let alone run. And taking them off so I could sidle up camera in hand seemed... creepy. *shrug*

Anyway, later that same show, on behalf of The Kit I sat with Dina for a chat about being smarter than celebs when it comes to cosmetic enhancement.

A recap + a few more tips -- and apparently I'm mistaken for Jason Segel, too:

1) Take a baby-steps approach. That's what Dr. Diane Wong of Glow Medispa says. Don't do like Heidi Montag and buy 10 major surgeries in one day. (Yes, I said "big-ass" on national television.)

2) Rather than go for a big tweak once a year, it's better to go for smaller tweaks twice per year, Wong advises. That way you'll need less obvious changes, more like maintenance than a makeover.

3) Be smart about scheduling upkeep. Don't do anything less than a month before your red-carpet moments. "A week just isn't enough for everything to settle in," says Wong. Your face needs time to own the work, especially if you're into to a less natural look (some people actually request skating-rink foreheads and very plump lips). Judging from the photos I've seen, that's a rule Demi Moore and Michelle Pfeiffer abide by -- photos of them looking recently injected do exist, but are very, very rare.

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4) Stick to non-invasive procedures you can have done on your lunch hour. If you can go back to the office without anyone noticing a difference, you're on the right has-she-or-hasn't-she track. It takes longer to do things, but you'll have less tissue trauma and a more natural results. Dr. Wong's example: think four sessions of no-downtime VariLight laser treatments to erase sun damage instead of one major Fraxel treatment that leaves your skin looking raw and puts you on house arrest for a week.

5) Do your research. Find out whether your doc has updated or upgraded his or her treatment technology. Newer tech can mean more comfortable treatments that reduce downtime and tell-tale signs of having had work done.

6) Even if your doc takes careful before-and-after photos at each appointment, keep your own set of candid photos so you can track your work.

Here's our How to Have Work Done story and slideshow in The Kit.