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Heidi Montag and Obsession with Plastic Surgery


“Hills” star Heidi Montag has admitted in an interview with People magazine that she is addicted to plastic surgery, going so far as to say she had ten surgeries in one day in November 2009. Her obsession with plastic surgery places her in danger of serious health complications, including death, as plastic surgery procedures have been known to cause both.

In the People magazine article, it was revealed that Heidi Montag’s plastic surgeries have included a nose job revision; chin reduction; botox injections in her forehead; neck liposuction; ear pinning; a mini brow lift; fat injections in her cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lips; liposuction on her waist, hips, and inner and outer thighs; buttock augmentation; and breast augmentation revision.

One woman who is truly obsessed with plastic surgery is Sarah Burge, who was named the most plastic lady by “Guinness Book of World Records.” At age 49, she had had more than 100 cosmetic surgeries and had spent $850,000. She claimed to be the “Real Life Barbie.” Among the procedures she underwent were butt lift, breast implants, tummy tuck, eyelid lift, chin implant, rhinoplasty, fat injections in her hands, facial fillers, Botox injections, and liposuction of her face, hips, thighs, and jaw line.

Not all plastic surgeries go well, and complications, poor results, and deaths associated with plastic surgery typically reach the headlines when they involve a celebrity. Solange Magnano, former Miss Argentina of 1994, died in November 2009 from complications associated with a gluteoplasty. The death of rapper Kayne West’s mother, Donda West, was connected to the tummy tuck and breast reduction that she had done in 2007. Tamika Foster, wife of Usher, suffered serious complications following her plastic surgery. And then there is Michael Jackson.

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According to a 2004 study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, serious complications from tummy tucks, breast augmentation or reduction, liposuction, and other cosmetic alterations are rare. The investigators found serious complications occurred in 1 in 299 cases and included bruising, infections, internal bleeding, respiratory problems, and heart complications, among others. Death occurred in 1 in 58,810 procedures.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 10 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were done in the United States in 2008. Since 1997, there has been more than a 162 percent increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures, and the number of surgical procedures have increased by nearly 80 percent; nonsurgical procedures increased by more than 233 percent.

The top five surgical plastic surgery procedures in 2008 were breast augmentation (355,671 procedures), liposuction (341,144), eyelid surgery (195,104), rhinoplasty (152,434), and abdominoplasty (147,392). Nonsurgical procedures that topped the list included Botox injections, laser hair removal, hyaluronic acid, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing. Americans spent nearly $11.8 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2008.

According to People, Heidi Montag did not even tell her family about her plans to undergo so many plastic surgery procedures to become her “best me.” If she is truly obsessed with plastic surgery as she appears to be and has admitted to, one can only wonder what other procedures she will seek and hope that she will remain safe in the process.

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
FoxNews.com, Jan. 13, 2010