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Plastic Surgery Delusions

You know how anorexics have a skewed view of their bodies? There must be some disorder for folks who have had so much plastic surgery they look like mannequins, yet don't see the side show image the rest of us see.

I went to a screening of "The Women" starring an all-female cast including Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Bette Midler, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Candice Bergen, Cloris Leachmen, Eva Mendes and more. The movie, due out in October of this year, was hee-sterical - mostly (for me) because Debra Messing plays a crunchy, pregnant nursing mom of 4. So many stereotypes (some right on!) played out on the screen... the lesbian beauty (Jada), the betrayed (Meg), the strong businesswoman (Annette)... really quite amusing.

The best line: Annette walking through Saks Fifth Avenue (which has a prominent role in the movie) and a salesgirl offers her a jar, saying, "Face lift in a jar?" Annette, goddess bless the writers, says, "It's my face. Get used to it."

However, it was disconcerting to see Meg Ryan in every single scene she was in because her lips were like watching a car accident. You didn't want to see what you were seeing, but you kept staring to verify they were really what you were seeing. Since she was THE star of the movie, staring at her lips really detracted from watching the movie. I wasn't alone; I heard several others make the same comment. Blessedly, we got to write comments to the movie studio people so they can make changes. I wonder if they can do the movie version of Photoshop throughout the movie?

I just saw an interview with Priscilla Presley who's going to be on "Dancing With the Stars" (that I've never seen). Watching her talk was surreal. She "admits" to seeing "Dermatologists" - I laughed out loud at that! Does she know what she looks like?

Does Olivia Newton-John? Does Kenny Rogers? Carol Burnett? Melanie Griffith? Joan Rivers? (Oh, she DOES know... she makes fun of herself... good going, Joan!) Poor Cher?

If someone knows the name of this disorder, I'd love to know.

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Kenny Rogers may not know what he looks like, but everyone who watched American Idol last year sure does! God, how totally ridiculous. Maybe it's called "celebridismorphic disorder." I'll keep my lips, thanks.

March 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrandiedoula

Body dysmorphic disorder might be the term you are looking for.

March 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Oh, Kenny Rogers knows. There was a big thing after his surgery about how it didn't turn out how he wanted it to and if he'd known he was going to look so radically different he wouldn't have done it.

March 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kenny Rogers has said that he regrets having his eyes done.

I'm not against a little "freshening up" by any means, but some of those celebrities should be cut off before they all look like Michael Jackson!

March 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Can we add Lisa Rinna to the list? On some television interview I saw of her recently, she said she had not had lip injections! Who is she kidding? Why is this stuff so fascinating to some women (me,for instance)...when you mentioned Carol Burnette, I thought to myself, "She had plastic surgery? Why didn't she do anything about her neck?"

BTW...I love your blog...a friend introduced me to it. You flat out ROCK!

P.S. The new puppy is adorable

March 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRedRN

I always think about this kind of stuff!
My theory is that they live in L.A. and they just get used to it. They get so used to men looking like Silly Putty and women looking like demonic robot porn stars and it just starts to look ok to them. They probably think looking normal means you arent cool, or are poor, or are-gulp- midwestern! Anyways, thats my theory--that they are just completely accustomed to that horrible look they all have now.

March 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHousefairy


March 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I noticed Priscilla a while ago on a talk show and I was shocked!!! She was such a pretty woman before all that plastic surgery. It is unfortunate.

My husband and I talk a lot about plastic surgery. I watch the extreme makeover shows sometimes which provokes the talk about it. He thinks, and I totally agree, that our culture is so dependent on beauty and that shows like extreme makeover only exaggerate the "need" to get plastic surgery. Why can't we just accept people for who they are and not have to make people outwardly pretty! But, when I see some of those shows I feel sorry for some people who have really been treated poorly and have an opportunity to have a whole new kind of life because their looks are more socially acceptable. I feel compassion for those people. If our culture wasn't the way it is in the first place it wouldn't matter.

March 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramelia

Uck, we just watched the Law and Order with Laura Flynn Boyle and it was SO hard to watch her and take her seriously! She looked like she had silly putty all over her face, like she'd just been stung by a horde of bees. It was dreadful to hear her voice coming out of that face! I'm sure she got it done before her big guest spot and horrified the director when she showed up for work the first day. I think she worked so hard to have any expression in her big "fall apart and cry" scene... icky icky icky.

March 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

I haven't seen the movie yet but I watched the trailer and looked at the production photos. I think Meg Ryan looks fabulous! I'm so thrilled to see her returning to the big screen.

I'd seen some photos of her lips before but could not see the effect in the trailer or production photos. Meg, if you're reading this--don't do anything to your face. You've lovely as you are.

August 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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