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DWTS Contestant Melissa Gilbert Visited Her Plastic Surgeon Before Hitting The Dance Floor, Says Expert

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Mar. 20 2012, Published 7:00 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

The contestants on Dancing With The Stars always lose weight through the grueling training on the show, and many of them also pay a visit to their plastic surgeon for a little refresher before their time back in the spotlight.

It looks like Melissa Gilbert is no different, as some viewers watching the season premiere of the ABC ballroom competition on Monday night may have been surprised at how fresh-faced and youthful the 47-year-old actress looked, and has exclusive insight into her special pre-performance preparation.

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Not only has the former Little House On The Prairie star been spending long hours rehearsing with dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she’s also fitted in time to see her plastic surgeon, thinks celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn, who has not treated the actress.

“Her face is surprisingly wrinkle-free for a woman her age. I suspect that she's had some Botox to her forehead and crows feet, effectively smoothing them out,” he exclusively told


“She may also have had some filler injections like Restylane to the deep creases of her lower face as well. Overall her face looks longer than before, a likely combination of aging and some plastic surgery.”

Having divorced from husband Bruce Boxleitner last August after 16 years of marriage, it is understandable that Melissa would want a nip, tuck and needle-prick to feel young again now that she’s back on the market, but Dr. Youn warns that the injectables are only a temporary fix.



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