In a career stretching from Miss America to Ugly Betty, the multitalented Vanessa Williams has been an icon for nearly 35 years. And she’s refreshingly honest about staying beautiful for so long. “The doctor that I go to for my Botox does it gently so I can act…and be expressive,” Vanessa, 54, shares. And experts approve of that subtle approach.

“Vanessa has shown us how to age gracefully with expert enhancements,” says beauty advisor and skincare guru Coleen Janeway, who, like the others quoted in this article, hasn’t worked with the star. Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn calls the actress a “quintessential beauty,” and is especially impressed by her skin. “It’s smooth and youthful, possibly due to a series of Fractora treatments,” he tells Life & Style. The “Save the Best for Last” singer is certainly doing what she can to make sure her best years are ahead of her. “She’s really maintained her appearance,” says cosmetic surgeon Dr. Josef Hadeed. “She’s aging well. I would not do anything differently on her!” Scroll down for a closer look at her transformation.

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Vanessa in 1983 (left) vs. 2017. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


“Her forehead and area between her brows is smooth,” says dermatologist Dr. Tabasum Mir. Vanessa admits to using Botox, which typically costs about $1K per session.


While Dr. Youn says “her upper eyelids appear lifted” (a procedure that costs about $6K), Dr. Hadeed suspects lower eyelid surgery (which runs between $4.2K and $5.6K). “There’s less excess skin.”


Plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Neinstein says Vanessa’s smooth skin suggests “she likely has had PRP injections with microneedling.” Cost: $1K.


“Her lips are sexy, defined, youthful, and plump,” says Janeway, who thinks the star is using a filler like Juvéderm XC to achieve that look. Price tag: About $600 per syringe.