Simone Anderson has been documenting her health and weight-loss journey on social media for years, and now — in light of her commitment to transparency — she is revealing that she had fillers put in her face.
“I don’t think anything’s wrong with wanting to enhance our looks,” the makeup artist, 25, tells PEOPLE. “I know friends that have had it done but don’t talk about it because they’re ashamed. I think the more openly we talk about that sort of thing, the more it’s not going to be a big deal.”
Anderson says part of the reason she opted for facial fillers is because she was left with loose skin after losing 194 lbs. in 2015. She underwent skin removal surgery last year, but the procedure is not safe for facial skin.
“There’s certain parts of your body you can get it removed from, but there are other parts, like your face, where you can’t easily get it removed,” she explains. “I started looking into options of what I can do to rejuvenate the face, and that’s when I discovered fillers. It’s a really non-invasive procedure, and I thought ‘Why not?’ ”
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Rey says facial fillers — which can cost between $600 and $1,000 — are commonly used for patients who have lost a lot of weight.
“Hyaluronic acids such as Juvederm and Restylane can fill out sagging facial skin and areas of facial weight loss such as the temples and under the eyes,” Rey tells PEOPLE. “Fillers will plump up these areas and give the face a much more youthful appearance. The great thing, too, is that they are reversible and carry very little risk.”
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And the Auckland, Australia-based social media star is more than happy with her results.
“It’s been incredible,” Anderson says. “I was doing everything in my power to disguise [the lines on my face], but now I don’t have to worry about it because they have disappeared. I look youthful, as I should at 25 years old. It instantly improved my self-confidence. I really like looking at myself in the mirror.”
Psychologist Dr. Judy Rosenberg of the Psychological Healing Center explains that feeling better about our external appearance can also improve how we feel about ourselves internally.
“When we look in the mirror, we see a reflection of ourselves and that reflection can begin to activate some core beliefs we hold about ourselves,” she tells PEOPLE. “We live in a world where outer beauty matters, and we now have easy-enough, although costly, ways of enhancing our looks. It is no surprise that reflecting back that outer beauty can boost self-esteem.”