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Women Seek Plastic Surgery to Get Kate Middleton’s Nose

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kate Middleton is an icon of style, grace and beauty, and women have been trying to emulate virtually everything about her.

Her hair, her wedding gown, her engagement dress -- they’ve all been copied by adoring admirers around the world.  But the obsession now goes way beyond fashion.

Some women want the Duchess of Cambridge’s nose.

Jessica Blaier wanted it so badly that right after Middleton’s wedding to Britain’s Prince William in 2011, Blaier carried a photo of the duchess’ face to Dr. Thomas Romo III, director of facial plastic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.  She paid the plastic surgeon $12,000 to have him change her nose to look like Middleton’s.

“Every time she smiled I was like ‘Wow!  I want my nose to be like that,’” the 21-year-old woman told ABC's Good Morning America in an interview that aired on the show Thursday.

Blaier said she’s always felt that her nose was too big for her face, and she hated the way the tip dropped when she smiled.  She said she’s “thrilled” with the results of her procedure.

“I try to get in every picture I can,” she said.  “Her nose is what I modeled with and that’s what I got.  It was definitely a process, but it was so worth it.”

Blaier's not alone in her admiration for Middleton’s nose.  One British cosmetic surgery company claims the duchess’ nose was the most requested procedure they came across last year.

What do women find so appealing about Middleton’s nose? Romo says it has a strong, defined tip, a gentle, feminine swoop on the bridge and a great front-to-back projection.  And it’s perfectly in proportion to her face.

“It’s strong.  It’s a woman’s nose.  It’s not infantile.  It’s not overdone,” Romo said.  “And I don’t think Kate has a nose job.  I think she was just blessed with good genes.”

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Extreme Cosmetic Surgery: Mom, Daughter Go Under Knife

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For most mothers and daughters, bonding time comes in the form of a trip to the nail salon or a day of shopping at the mall.

For 65-year-old Lynda Trentholme and her daughter, 38-year-old Stefanie Trentholme, bonding time involves a more lasting, and life-changing, type of activity: cosmetic surgery.

The duo is no stranger to adventures -- they’ve zip lined, snorkeled and helicoptered their way around the world from their home bases in Montreal, for Lynda, and Los Angeles, for Stefanie -- so they figured they would continue their tradition by coming together for a nip and tuck.

“I thought this would be a nice thing for us to do together because we could be a support system,” Stefanie, a pediatric speech language pathologist, told ABC News’ Cecilia Vega.  “We [could] have a good three or four days together to vegetate and relax.”

Lynda saw the mother-daughter time together as an opportunity to get rid of what she described as a nagging sag on her neck.

For her daughter, it would be a time to fix her chest and slim down her waist.

“Something I have noticed as I have been getting older is that my bust is hanging lower,” Stefanie said.

In late May, Lynda traveled to Stefanie’s home in Los Angeles so that both mother and daughter could be under the care of Dr. Peter Fodor, a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon who says the mother-daughter approach is great in his business.

“I love it,” Fodor said.  “The patients who start with a supportive relationship, they really help each other and I welcome that.”

Fodor performed a neck tuck and inserted cheek fillers on Lynda, while her daughter got a breast lift and a tummy tuck.

Nearly seven weeks post-surgery, in July, both mother and daughter said they were happy with the results of their extreme bonding adventure.

“I definitely notice a difference obviously with my stomach,” Stefanie said.  “I am really thrilled about my bust.”

“I feel really great about myself,” echoed her mom.  “I am able to wear chokers and things I never wanted to before that would address my neck.”

“Now, bring it on,” she said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Butt-Injection Death Highlights Underground Plastic Surgery Growth

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Illegal plastic surgery made headlines again this week when Morris “Tracey Lynn” Garner was charged with depraved-heart murder in Mississippi after he allegedly injected a woman’s buttocks with so much of a silicone-like substance that she later died of complications, including blood clots in her lungs.

The alleged incident horrifies plastic surgeons, but doesn’t surprise them because, they say, underground and barely legal procedures are on the rise.

“You don’t even have words to speak about what a horrible thing it is when somebody who is trying to improve their appearance and self-confidence only ends up, not only potentially unhappy, but dead,” said Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Arlington Heights, Ill.  “We’re hearing more and more about deaths when non-physicians are doing injections, and patients just aren’t informed.”

Roth said he has treated patients who have come to him to correct plastic surgeries gone wrong, and he has seen more and more of them over the years.  Since he became president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons a year ago, Roth said he has talked to plastic surgeons from around the world, and they’re seeing the same trend.

The number of illegal surgeries is hard to track because they aren’t reported.

“It’s hard to know because there’s no real reporting mechanism,” Roth said, adding that state laws require physicians to report patient deaths.  “But if it’s not a physician, who’s reporting?”

Many times, the patient is looking for a bargain, especially given the economic turmoil of the past three to five years, Roth said.  But often the added cost of corrective surgeries exceeds that of the underground surgery.  Sometimes, the physical damage is irreversible.

For instance, most legitimate plastic surgeons don’t administer liquid silicone injections at all because it’s impossible to keep the material in one place, he said.

Unlike standard encased breast implants, liquid silicone injections to the breast can go so wrong that the patient will need an invasive mastectomy that goes beyond typical cancer treatment, and includes removing skin on the stomach, neck and back -- even muscle tissue -- to get rid of the foreign substance.  They can never get it all.

Although standard encased implants can leak, they’re often encapsulated in scar tissue, which contains the leak.  Food and Drug Administration-approved silicone is also considerably safer than the silicone-like materials underground practitioners use, which has even included flat-tire glue in the past.

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Back-to-School Plastic Surgery Added to College Must-Haves

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Among the latest must-have accessories for students across the country heading back to college is one that might surprise you.

It’s not books or bedding. It’s breasts or, namely, plastic surgery to achieve a different look.

“I’m turning into this woman,” Kaelyn O’Rourke, 24, told ABC's Good Morning America.  “I feel older. I just want to look older.”

O’Rourke is a nursing student at Bakersfield College in California.  As a teenager, her chest was the smallest of her friends.  As a young adult, she viewed the top half of her body as being out of sync with her bottom half.

“I totally thought my boobs were going to grow and they never did,” said the community college student, whose pre-surgery chest was a size 34B.  “I just want a fuller chest because I’m a girl with hips.”

O’Rourke turned to Dr. Tenley Lawton, an Orange County, Calif., plastic surgeon, for a pre-college surgery solution.

“It’d be nice if we could all be confident with, just the way that we look, but that’s not the reality,” Lawton said.

Also seeking help from Dr. Lawton was Jamie Ruddocks, a college junior from California who, at the other end of the spectrum, was interested in a breast reduction.

“Having large breasts is a burden on me physically,” said Ruddocks, 20, adding that she was teased mercilessly in high school for her size 34DDD chest.  “It’s heavy and, after awhile, it starts to hurt.  It starts to cause some wear and tear, not only on your back but your shoulders and your neck.”

Dr. Lawton estimated she would need to remove nearly a pound and a quarter of fat from each of Ruddocks’ breasts to reduce them to a size 34D.

“It’s not that we all have to fit into some perfect picture,” Lawton said.  “If that small change can give them that self confidence, especially going to college, I think it can be important.”

Three weeks after being treated by Lawton, both O’Rourke and Ruddocks say they are happy with the changes to their bodies.

“I just feel better about myself,” O’Rourke said, noting that with her new C-cup size, she believes her top half is now as curvy as her bottom half.  “I felt like I had more confidence walking in [to school].”

Ruddocks says the pains in her shoulders and back are gone now that her breasts are a regular D-size instead of triple Ds, and she feels better about herself.

“I just feel more confident,” she said. “I just feel like I can step into a room and let myself go.  I feel like all the things that were making me self conscious are gone. …It’s the best thing I’ve done in my life.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Oregon Doctor Charged in Patient's Death from Botched Tummy Tuck

Multnomah County Sheriffs Office(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- An Oregon doctor has pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a manslaughter charge in the death of her friend on whom she'd performed a tummy tuck. The friend experienced "seizure-like activity" hours after the surgery at the doctor's clinic, according to the Oregon Medical Board, and died four days later.

Dr. Soraya Abbassian, 44, also faces a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge that stems from a tummy tuck she'd performed on another friend to which she also pleaded not guilty.

A grand jury indicted Abbassian Monday on one manslaughter charge and one misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment.

The Oregon Medical Board ruled that Abbassian, who practiced internal medicine and was not a surgeon, did not have adequate backup -- including support staff, equipment to monitor vitals or a crash cart, which would have had resuscitative drugs, oxygen and a defibrillator -- in the event her patient suffered distress during the procedure.

"This case illustrates just what can happen without adequate personnel or supplies," Kathleen Haley, executive director of the Oregon Medical Board, told ABC News.

On Dec. 15, 2010, Abbassian performed a tummy tuck on Judith Desmarets, 59, who was her friend and employee, according to a complaint filed by the Oregon Medical Board in Multnomah County District Court.

Shortly after Abbassian administered anesthetic, Desmarets complained of chest pains and shortness of breath, Haley said.

"[Dr. Abbassian] ended up having to leave the room and call 911. In that call she was very distraught," Haley said.

By the time paramedics arrived, Desmarets was not breathing and did not have a pulse, according to the court complaint.

Desmarets never regained consciousness and died four days later at Portland Adventist Medical Center.

The medical examiner ruled Desmarets died of inadequate oxygen supply to her brain tissue.

Abbassian's license was suspended on Dec. 23, 2010, Haley said.

Haley said this was the first case in her 18 years at the Oregon Medical Board that she could remember a doctor facing criminal charges relating to medical care.

"The essence was she was really trying to help people, and do it as a friend, but obviously, one has to have professional judgment and training for this sort of thing," Haley said.

Dr. Stephen Greenberg, director of New York's Premier Center for Plastic Surgery and author of the book A Little Nip, A Little Tuck, said he uses a board-certified anesthesiologist and does not administer the drugs himself. Abbassian administered the anesthetic on the patient herself, according to court documents.

Tummy tucks can be done in an accredited office environment but only with proper patient selection and proper training, Greenberg said.

"You want to make sure your cosmetic surgeon is a boar- certified plastic surgeon," he said. "Unfortunately in this country, a lot of people call themselves cosmetic surgeons who are not necessarily trained in plastic surgery."

Messages left for Abbassian and her attorney were not immediately returned.

She was released from the Multnomah County jail Tuesday, after posting $50,000 bail.

Abbassian's next court appearance is set for Oct. 18.

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Girl Mauled by Raccoon Undergoes Surgery to Repair Nose

WXYZ(DETROIT) -- A 10-year-old girl is recovering from the first of three major surgeries doctors hope will repair her face nearly 10 years after a raccoon attack nearly destroyed it.

A pet raccoon mutilated Charlotte Ponce when she was 3 months old, and she has so far undergone seven reconstructive surgeries to repair the damage.

“The pet raccoon somehow got into the house,” Charlotte’s adoptive mother, Sharon Ponce, told ABC News Detroit affiliate WXYZ. “And they assume the raccoon was probably after her bottle.”

The raccoon tore off Charlotte’s ear, upper lip and nose, WXYZ reported. Her parents lost custody of her and her older brother, Marshall, following the attack.

Her most-recent surgery, to create a lining for her nose, took a little more than eight hours. Doctors called the operation a success, and Charlotte is recovering in the children’s ICU. Wednesday’s surgery was expected to be the longest and riskiest, WXYZ reported, and followed a previous unsuccessful attempt at mounting ear and nose prosthetics.

Charlotte still has more surgeries ahead of her, but the attack she endured as an infant hasn’t diminished her love of animals.

A day before her surgery, Charlotte and her family visited the Detroit Zoo, the Royal Oak Patch reported.

“It’s a funny thing for someone who was attacked by an animal to love animals so much,” Charlotte’s adoptive father told the Royal Oak Patch.

Charlotte has a long road ahead of her but doctors expressed optimism about her recovery.

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Face-Lift With Only Local Anesthetic?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Identical twins Miki Keller and Donna Keller are inseparable. The 49-year-old sisters from Los Angeles live near each other, vacation together and even feel each other’s pain.

“When she broke her back in Spain, I felt it,” Donna told Good Morning America.

Now the twins are taking their closeness to another level, getting face-lifts together.

“I’ve noticed in the last couple of years everything was sagging, like the neck,” Miki said.  “I would see pictures of myself and go like, ‘Oh my god.’”

“I care about how I look.  I want to be attractive,” said Donna.  “I want to feel younger.  I want to match my attitude, so to speak.”

The twin sisters decided to not just go under the knife together but to undertake a kind of twin experiment.  Donna chose to have a traditional surgical face-lift under full anesthesia, a five-hour procedure, while Miki elected to try an experimental face-lift using only local anesthetic, meaning she would be wide awake during the hour-long operation.

Dr. Payman Simoni, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Calif., has been performing anesthesia-free face-lifts for the past six years and said that patients can heal faster with the new technique.  He also said the face-lift results  appear more natural because the work is done while a patient is sitting up as opposed to lying down.

“Within an hour after they get their face-lift, they get up and walk on their own,” he said of his technique.

While Miki received a face-lift, eye lift, skin resurfacing and Botox at the hands of Simoni, her sister, Donna, turned to another board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, for the traditional face-lift surgery.

Ghavami, founder of an eponymous plastic surgery clinic in Beverly Hills, performed a face-lift, eye lift, skin resurfacing and Botox on Donna, and also injected fat cells.

Eight weeks later, both sisters could see results and both had opinions of their respective procedures.

Donna, who underwent the five-hour procedure, said her recovery was initially “brutal,” but is happy with the results.

Miki, on the other hand, said the anesthesia-free route is “the only way to do it.”

“I would do it again.  I wish I would have done it sooner,” she said.  “We get compliments from our friends.  They say we haven’t changed the way we look, we just look better.”

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Bullied 14-Year-Old Girl Gets Plastic Surgery to Fix Ears, Nose, Chin

Courtesy the Iles Family(NEW YORK) -- At first glance, Nadia Iles, 14, exudes an air of confidence that many other girls her age lack.  But that confidence was hard won.

Teased about her big ears since she was 7 years old, Iles found school a nightmare.  Her classmates tormented her, and she couldn’t bear to look at herself in the mirror.

“I felt horrible.  I felt like I was like dirt,” she said, in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America.  “They said that I have the biggest ears that they’ve ever seen.  They called me ‘Dumbo,’ ‘elephant ears.’”

The teasing and bullying escalated, and Iles, of Cummings, Ga., started to believe the negativity.

“I kind of got into this shell and I actually skipped school a lot,” she said.  “I made excuses.  I would say my stomach hurt, say that I was sick even though I wasn’t.”

Iles would cry a lot on the way home from the bus stop and at night before she went to sleep.  It got so bad that she even contemplated suicide.

“I actually did think about suicide but I wasn’t pushed, I didn’t really want to.  I didn’t think that was the solution,” she said.

Iles’ troubles came as a shock to her mother.  Because Lynda Iles had recently been laid off, and had a 9-year-old son, Joshua, who was battling cerebral palsy, Nadia didn’t want to bother her mother with her problems.

“I’m heartbroken about it,” Lynda Iles said, speaking of her daughter’s torment, including her thoughts of suicide.  “I didn’t realize that it was that bad.  She would mostly say that she has migraines.”

Eventually, Nadia told her mother everything and begged for surgery to pin her ears back.  Lynda Iles couldn’t afford it, so she turned to the Little Baby Face Foundation, a Manhattan-based organization that provides free surgery for children with facial deformities who have a financial need.

Dr. Thomas Romo, the president of the organization, found Nadia’s story compelling.  He performed surgery on her in June, pinning her ears back, and also operating on her nose and chin.  Romo performed $40,000 worth of work for free.

Asked if they were concerned that operating on Nadia conveyed the message that other bullied children needed to have plastic surgery, Romo replied: “She wasn’t picked to have her surgery because she was bullied.  She was picked for her surgery because of her deformities.”

“It was just something that we chose to do.  It’s no different than somebody having teeth that require braces,” Lynda Iles added.

Nadia no longer has a problem looking at herself in the mirror.

“I see a new me, a beautiful girl,” she said.

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How Social Media Is Spurring Plastic Surgery

Courtesy Dr. Richard Ellenbogen(LOS ANGELES) -- Triana Lavey was about to undergo a radical transformation. And she was doing it for a radical reason. She wanted to look better online.

With the help of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, she was changing her chin, her nose and the shape of her face.

Lavey is a 37-year-old television producer in Los Angeles. For work and socially, she spends a lot of time on Skype, Facebook and other sites. She said she didn't like the face staring back at her from her computer screen.

"I have been self-conscious about my chin, and it's all stemming from these Facebook photos," she told ABC News correspondent Cecilia Vega.

The more she saw herself online, the more she said she wanted to change.

"I think that social media has really changed so much about how we look at ourselves and judge ourselves," Lavey said. "Ten years ago, I don't think I even noticed that I had a weak chin."

Lavey tried to change the camera angle. She even untagged herself in photos she didn't like. But none of it was enough.

"Here is a weak-chin photo that I didn't untag myself in ... because I was working out really hard that summer, and I am pleased with everything else in the photo," Lavey said. "But it's my darn chin that bugs the living daylights out of me in this photo. ... You keep looking and looking, and now it's the first thing I look for in a photo. It all started with Facebook."

Surgery was the only way to fix it. Simply cutting down her social media use wasn't an option.

"That can't happen. ... Where my career is headed and the industry is headed, I have to be on social media," Lavey said.

Lavey is not alone. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, chin augmentations have increased 71 percent in the last year. Doctors confirm that more and more patients are asking for the Facebook facelift -- plastic surgery for the iPhone generation.

At Lavey's consultation, Ellenbogen showed her what her new online-ready face would look like.

Ellenbogen explained that augmenting the chin should be balanced by adjustments to the rest of the face with procedures like fat grafting -- adding a bit of fat to the face -- and rhinoplasty (a nose job).

Given that social media are supposed to make life easier, did Lavey feel she was doing something extreme?

"Plastic surgery should be a last-ditch effort," she said. "It should be after you work out, after you diet."

"I am blessed; I can afford it," she said. "I feel really lucky. I have worked my butt off, and I feel like if I can afford it, if it's something I can do to feel good and feel confident, why not? It's 2012."

The surgery Lavey got costs between $12,000 and $15,000, Ellenbogen said. Lavey is a friend, so she got a discount.

Is our eager embrace of social media creating a culture of Internet narcissism? And can't we just move the webcam to improve the angle from which it shoots us?

"It definitely is, and most people should do that," Ellenbogen said, "but there are people who have tried to do that, to make themselves more attractive, and they just need a little bit of a boost."

More than a month after her surgery, Lavey was ready to show her 692 Facebook friends her new face.

She said she felt more confident.

"It extends all the way from Skyping with people [to] having people tag me in a Facebook photo," she said. "If the camera comes out at a party ... I am fine with it. I am excited to see them. Before, I used to want to hold my chin, but now I want to show my face."

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Heavy Use of Mobile Devices May Lead to 'Smartphone Face'

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- According to some plastic surgeons, checking email, watching movies and doing other tasks on mobile devices is taking a toll on our faces.

Coining the affliction "smartphone face," Dr. Mervyn Patterson tells the London Evening Standard, "If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a drooping jawline."

Sagging jowls -- possibly caused by stooping over mobile gear -- are leading more and more people to get chin implants, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  In 2011, "chinplants" were performed more than breast augmentation, Botox and liposuction combined, the ASPS claims.

Patterson says technology is prompting these changes in another way: more people are seeing their own sagging faces in front of them on video chat, and they're increasingly not liking what they're seeing.

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