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2010 Plastic Surgery: Freaky, Frightening, Fantastic

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Just like every year in recent times, 2010 was chock full of plastic surgery news. And, like every year, there was an incredible mix of freaky, frightening and fantastic happenings. Here are just a few to reflect on as the industry heads in to a new year.

The most prevalent plastic surgery news is always on the “freaky” side. The media is ever at the ready to make the most of people going to extremes—especially when celebrities and wannabes are involved. Witness the feeding frenzy in 2010 over reality television star Heidi Montag and her record-setting 10 procedures in one day.

Then there’s Sheyla Hershey, the self-styled “singer, dancer, actress and model,” with a career headed for “majestic proportions.” What ended up enormous were her KKK-sized breasts, and the health threatening staph infection she contracted in 2010 when she decided to have her implants removed. This occasion gave electronic and broadcast media yet another opportunity to showcase Hershey’s majestic proportions.

(Note that the physical and psychological problems people like these almost inevitably face are apparently not as worthy of news coverage as the drama of their actual surgeries.)

But it’s not just celebrities and their cosmetic surgery antics that cause many to shake their heads. Cosmetic procedures on offer across the country seem to be pushing the edges of “freaky” ever further out there. For instance, cosmetic foot surgery strolled onto the scene in a big way last year. Whether doctors who offer it call it a “foot facelift” or “foot-tuck” or some other cute name, with a menu of toe shortening, bunion shaving and fat injections in hand they suggest that patients will be happier with the look of their feet and with their ability to wear sky high heels.

There’s plenty to talk about in the “frightening” category of 2010 plastic surgery too. Perhaps most disturbing is continued news of patients suffering disfigurement and even death at the hands of insufficiently trained cosmetic surgeons. Men and women continue to be enticed by a dizzying array of branded mini-facelifts, with their promise of lower cost and shorter recovery time.

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