Plastic surgery regrets

The pursuit of everlasting youth and beauty comes with its share of medical risk. These famous faces learned that the hard way.
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Plastic surgery is just one more product in Hollywood's beauty kit, right? But even celebrities have learned the hard way that surgery is a risky, invasive procedure that can have bad side effects — both medical and cosmetic. Everyone's body is different, even in the hands of the best doctors. And those little nips and tucks can come at a high and hurtful price, as these stars have experienced.

--By Anne Hurley for MSN Healthy Living

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Tamra Barney

The star of "Real Housewives of Orange County" has talked publicly about reversing her surgery since the start of the show. Barney, who owns a health club, told Us Weekly she likes her sleeker look: "I feel more confident when I wear a low-cut shirt."

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Jamie Lee Curtis

The refreshingly candid actress regrets having plastic surgery, especially this procedure. Curtis told The Express in England, "I had a horrible experience. I'll never do that again. Plastic surgery doesn't work. … And I think it was a big stimulator of my [prescription drug] abuse." The actress is in recovery, now drug- and surgery-free.

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Jennifer Grey

Grey redid this distinctive feature after "Dirty Dancing," only to realize that doing so robbed her face of character. The "Dancing With the Stars" alum told Us Weekly she's not planning more surgeries. "Aging is inevitable and the idea that we can be eternally youthful is the pitfall of our society."

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Kathy Griffin

The comedian underwent liposuction and other procedures after becoming a star on NBC's "Suddenly Susan." She spoke frankly of the hemorrhaging she suffered after her 1999 lipo, and realized "the fat comes back, you just have to commit to losing it the old-fashioned way." She also told Oprah that all the surgery "didn't make me happier, or even look particularly younger."

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Bruce Jenner

Once a dreamy all-American Olympian, Jenner has whittled his face and nose so repeatedly that he is nearly unrecognizable. He admitted to having two procedures after his Olympic win in the '70s, when surgery was far more invasive and less refined. The results made him the butt of public jokes, so he famously "redid" one prodecure on a 2009 episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." But some things you simply cannot undo.

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Heidi Montag

The star of "The Hills" caused gasps of disbelief when she underwent multiple plastic-surgery procedures in one day at the age of 23. Montag has been open about her regrets, mostly because of the months of pain and healing, as well as the psychological damage. She told "Access Hollywood," "I wasn't told really the repercussions and what would happen, emotionally and psychically, and the pain I would be in."

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Heather Morris

Even if the surgery goes well, the "after" version just may not feel or look right on your body type. "Glee" star Morris, also a dancer and choreographer, told Fitness magazine in 2011 that her results were "something I thought I wanted when I was younger, and now I don't." She said she quickly decided to have the surgery reversed.

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Sharon Osbourne

Osbourne, once proud of having done so much surgery, has made an abrupt about-face. A few months ago, she said on her talk show that she now regrets the procedure: "I have been looking at pictures of myself recently, and in a lot of shots … and at certain angles I was like, 'Oh, I should never have done that.' So I'm like, 'No more. No more abuse.'"

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Gwyneth Paltrow

It's shocking that Little Miss Healthy Lifestyle admits trying this procedure, but Paltrow has. The results? "I looked crazy. I looked like Joan Rivers!" the actress told Harper's Bazaar. Well, the procedure alone would never lead to someone's face looking like the wind-blown Rivers, but the comment has led to a delightfully snarky feud between the two.

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