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Plastic surgery as a fashion accessory

Published 04/07/2010 12:00 AM

Not everyone was born looking like they just stepped off the pages of Vogue.

Some of us have wide noses, dimpled thighs, flabby triceps and fleshy bellies. And usually we learn to deal with it, by learning how to apply foundation to make the bridge narrower or slapping on some good 'ole Lycra before we pull on those favorite jeans.

But it seems that Hollywood stars, especially the younger generation, have yet to grasp the concept of "Making it work!" With tons of money and access to top-notch medical professionals, they really have no incentive to try to look their best the old fashioned way.

Case in point: Heidi Montag.

Her claim to fame was a stint on a couple of reality shows; now she's trying to get her singing career off the ground. So what does this ninny do? She has 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day.

She didn't like her thighs. Hello, try some squats.

She didn't have enough cleavage. Victoria's Secret makes very good push-up bras.

She didn't like her chin. Now she has the jawline of a dude.

There's very little left about Montag that's truly feminine. She looks like a Barbie Doll - plastic and fake.

The chick is 23-years-old, and says she definitely sees more surgery in her future. And she wonders why her mother looked at her like she was crazy when she went home for a visit?

Hmm, methinks because you look nothing like the human she gave birth to.

Montag may be an extreme, but as a culture we're lured to the quick and easy fix of cosmetic procedures.

There was, for instance, "The Swan," which premiered in 2004. For the two seasons of this series, not-so-pretty people (all women) were given extreme makeovers. Some walked away with new noses, boobs, eyes and chins, and through personal chefs and trainers, they lost weight and learned better eating habits.

The show was cancelled in 2005, right around the time that "Nip/Tuck," a cable drama about the lives of Hollywood plastic surgeons, became popular.

Each episode of "Nip/Tuck" featured the cosmetic procedures of one or more patients of plastic surgeons in Los Angeles. The last show of the seventh and final season aired March 3.

You can even go online and see what kind of cosmetic procedures one local woman is undergoing. Last summer the woman, who doesn't disclose her last name, began blogging on www.FollowErica.com about the different steps she planned to take to improve her appearance, both inside and out.

Along with daily walks and eating more vegetables, Erica chronicles her experiences undergoing such procedures as teeth whitening, botox injections, liposuction, chemical peels, dermabrasions and laser hair removal.

One video shows her days after her second chemical peel, and she looked ... terrible. She knew it and admitted it.

She was red all over and had numerous sections of her face where large pieces of skin were literally hanging off. Yuck!

I stopped watching after that.