— Remember Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag? The villainous duo of MTV's "The Hills" who were so very famous, at least for a time, for simply being famous, recently gave an interview to The Daily Beast, in which they discuss their regrets. They have a few: Among them, Montag says she wishes she hadn't had so many cosmetic procedures.
“Obviously I wish I didn’t do it,” Montag tells the online magazine. If you'll recall: The now-25-year-old has had breast implants, rhinoplasty, liposuction, collagen injections in the lips, a chin reduction, a brow lift and a buttock augmentation, among other procedures.
We wondered: How often are regrettable cosmetic surgeries redone — or even "undone"?
"Redos are very, very common," explains Dr. Tony Youn, a Michigan-based, board-certified plastic surgeon and contributor to msnbc.com. In fact, Youn says up to 20 percent of the patients he sees are people seeking some kind of "redo" — usually, it's a correction or improvement to rhinoplasty or breast augmentation.
There aren't many statistics to come by in terms of cosmetic surgery "redos." But the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has this to offer: In 2010, there were 21,714 breast implant removals among augmentation patients. No figures exist that describe the number of "undos" — but that's likely because, in terms of cosmetic surgery, what is done usually can't be "undone."
With breast augmentations, in particular, "typically, the changes that happen to a breast, they are permanent. So if you take the implant out, the skin ends up being stretched out," Youn explains. "If Heidi ends up taking them out, her 700 CC implants — almost the biggest size that we make — if they take them out of her breasts, she's going to have two basically empty sacs."
Youn says the most common procedure his patients want redone are nose jobs. Judging from his own patients, he estimates that up to 25 percent of patients who have rhinoplasty surgeries eventually want something corrected — either they feel their nose has changed too much and they no longer look like themselves, or it hasn't changed quite enough.
Of course, things like Botox or Montag's collagen injections are temporary, lasting about four to six months, so her lips have likely depuffed by now. But it gets sketchier when we get into some of the other cosmetic surgeries Montag's had: If she regrets her chin reduction, for example, the only way to fix that would be to put an implant in. And the only way to "undo" a liposuction procedure is to gain weight — or have fat injected back in, Youn explains.
The lesson here: With plastic surgery, as with life, there really is no CTRL+Z.