When Plastic Surgery Becomes an Addiction

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Young, beautiful and obsessed with plastic surgery. Late last year, 23-year old reality star-turned singer Heidi Montag had ten procedures in one day. It's something some North Texas women say isn't pretty at all. Dallas resident Cynthia Minchillo says, "I think it's a bad example for young women. They think that when they hit 20 and they go get a breast augmentation, and then they have to revise is at 23, it's a bad example."

Heidi Montag's surgeries were well-documented in the media. People magazine listed her ten procedures as including nose job and breast augmentation revisions and liposuction on her waist, hips and thighs. But despite the list, Dallas cosmetic physician Doctor Bill J. Johnson says, in this case, it was far from dangerous. Dr. Johnson says, "When you really refer to it as ten procedures, you're really looking at it from a billing perspective. When you look at it from a true medical aspect, she really had about three things done. They were very safe to perform and she was at minimal risk."

Doctor Johnson says hundreds of thousands, if not millions of patients will go through the same procedures as Montag at once without a significant complication. Some North Texans told they wish our society didn't deem physical appearance so important. Dallas resident Anne Allbright says, "It's sad because I look at the "Before" pictures. Stunning. And to feel she needed to do that for whatever reason, it's really kind of a tragedy, I think."

We also showed the pictures to some men, who surprised me by calling the "Before" photo more appealing. Dallas resident Layne Fletcher says, "I don't like the fake look after plastic surgery. It looks bloated, the face, the lips. It just doesn't look natural."

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