Plastic surgery nightmares: a cautionary tale or shameless hunt for ratings

Beauty in Seattle on 5 Dec 2005 at 2:11pm

E Network is responsible for bringing awful plastic surgery to our television.What's up with True Hollywood Story Investigates: Plastic Surgery Nightmares

If you haven't heard, E! network followed five women who had bad plastic surgery experiences. Samantha Harris is the host of this two-hour program.

Why is our culture so obsessed with celebrity plastic surgery stories-- specially when these stories enter the bizare, fringe cases?

Ask someone what they think about a celebrity who's undergone plastic surgery and is over the age of 40, and be prepared for a stream of mean comments like "she looks pulled back", "her lips are crazy big", "his eyes look like cat eyes".

Personally, I'm turned off by these attacks. But I'll give programs like Nightmares one credit: They do offer advice from doctors on making the right plastic surgery choices.

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I am so sorry for you all. You have been through such horrible experiences. Thank you for sharing your stories.
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I too had a nightmare with my birthday present to myself at 42. I thought having my eyes "refreshed" with a little tuck would make me happy and looking well rested. I should have left the office the day of my surgery after seeing lots of dust in the waiting room, receiving a robe with a betadine stain on it and a seeing a trash can that was already filled to the top at 8 am! I was given a cream (that I paid for)for my eyes that had exactly what I'm allergic to in it. My allergy was told to both the Dr. and the nurse. My eyes were burning so badly from this cream, it was finally figured out. When I have gone back to the office, the nurse and Doctor state that my results are just like some other patient that wasn't happy with her results either. I am a nurse, this is never done! My two week recovery took almost two years. A nerve was hit on my right eye that will never resolve. I missed every party or function, spent a lot of time crying. My eyes look terrible. This Doctor was a grad of U of P, very well credentialed. I would never recommend this MD, or any of his staff. This was an expensive, awful experience that I hope never happens to anyone else. His office is located in Blue Bell Pennsylvania. I have sought out a very well known eye surgeon to correct what can be corrected. Thankfully, my friends are not only nurses and Doctors, but extremely understanding and very supportive.
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PLASTIC SURGERY HAS PRACTICALLY RUINED MY LIFE! I WAS A DECENT HEALTHY WOMAN OF 50 WHEN I "BOUGHT INTO" THIS NIGHTMARE. I SPENT MOST OF MY GRANNY'S INHERITANCE ON A FULL FACE LIFT THINKING IT WOULD BRING ME TRUE LOVE AND HAPPINESS. IT BROUGHT ME MANY SCARS, HEALED AND UNHEALED AND A SICKNESS FROM HAVING SO MUCH OPENED FOR BACTERIAS TO FORM AND ENTER. I HAVE NEVER WORKED A DAY SINCE MY SURGERY. I HAVE NEVER HAD A PAIN FREE DAY SINCE MY SURGERY. I HAVE NEVER HAD A GOD NIGHT'S SLEEP SINCE AND HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. MY SURGERY WAS 8 HOURS LONG AND DONE N A MAJOR HOSPITAL BY A VERY GOOD DOCTOR. WHAT IT DID TO ME WAS ANOTHER STORY ENTIRELY! I DID NOT HEAL RIGHT, I HAVE ALOT OF NERVE DAMAGE AND SCARS. I LIVE ON ANTIBIOTICS AND ARBS TRYING TO FIGHT THE AUTOIMMUNE DYSFUCNTION THAT STEMS FROM THE ASSUALT ON MY BODY FROM SUCH A NEEDLESS SURGERY!! I HAVE ALOT OF HAIRLOSS FROM THE FOREHEAD LIFT AND CUTTINGS IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD. I HAVE UNEVEN SKIN TONES AND A TON OF BROKEN CAPILLAIRES. I NEVER WORE MAKE-UP BEFORE AND HAVE ALWAYS HAD TO SINCE. I WAS A CUTE WHOLE HEALTHY WOMAN AND I AM DISFGURED AND BROKEN IN SPIRIT AND BODY. WHAT AN ON GOING NIGHTMARE. I HAVE LUNG DAMAGE FROM PROBABLY BEING UNDER SEDATION TOO LONG. I CANNOT EXERCISE NOW. I HAVE COPD AND HAVE NEVER SMOKED BEFORE. I WILL ENEVER FORGIVE MYSELF FOR DOING THIS TO MYSELF AND BUYING INTO SUCH A NEEDLESS STUPID ACT! SINCERLY, LEE
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Dear Lee, I am sorry you are going through so much pain. I had a similar experience with a facelift procedure but seem to moving on somewhat. I look rather bad and the emotional scars it has left me with are immense. I lost my business as a result of the surgery and am working on a new career where i make very little contact with the general public. I have family support and my son who is in college understands my situation. My surgeon wasnt transparent with me about his experience doing mini facelifts. He and his office staff were not honest about his experience with something as sensitive as a "face" lift procedure. I try to forgive myself everyday for having it done but I cant forgive this plastic surgeon for the pain he has caused in my life.
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I hope you have been able to get back to your life again. Please don't dispare - I hope you life and outlook are improved. I'll say a prayer for God to ease your anxiety and help you to go forward with hope.
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So there is quite a much health risk involved in Plastic Surgery but as you said, its the obsession with celebrity plastic surgery stories

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