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January 12, 2009 | Valerie Ulene
To say I disliked my nose as a teenager would be an understatement. Both its size (too big) and its shape (hooked) made me feel as if I stood out. Though I sometimes fantasized about getting it "done," a nose job wasn't something I ever considered seriously. At the time, the plastic surgery boom was just beginning to gain steam and, for the most part, adolescents weren't on-board. Times have certainly changed.
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OPINION
March 16, 2014
Re "More bad motherly advice," Opinion, March 13 So Susan Patton is again telling young women to marry young, preferably Princeton, and to possess the best faces and bodies early plastic surgery can provide. Instead of hearing more about Patton, I'd like to hear about the women who married Ivy Leaguers while they were still fresh and beautiful but found their husbands and their elite degrees to be lacking in both substance and respect. I'd like to hear about the women who suffered mightily at the hands of such pedigreed men. But I'd rather not hear anymore about Patton and her book.
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IMAGE
April 15, 2012 | By John Glionna, Los Angeles Times
For years, I walked untouched among the ranks of the surgically enhanced - all those nips and tucks, wondrously wider eyes, graceful noses and chiseled cheekbones. But all that changed when I moved to a cosmetic surgeon's dreamscape: South Korea. In that high-pressure society, where improved looks provide the edge in the elbows-out race for jobs, education and spouses, plastic surgery procedures are as common as haircuts. One reason is affordability. Doctors there charge a fraction of the rate of their American counterparts.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Katy Perry has expertly navigated a career that has shaped her into a sex symbol for males in addition to a figure of female empowerment for young girls - at least that's what her latest GQ profile aims to argue. The 29-year-old Grammy nominee poses in a skimpy striped one-piece for GQ's February cover  and opened up to reporter Amy Wallace about, well, just about everything. Perry goes glam in several of the mag's pin-up-inspired photos, smoldering in the suggestive come-hither spread.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2009 | Don Lee
In this crummy job market, Stephanie Yang figures any little advantage will help. Even double eyelids. So on a cold January morning, the 21-year-old college senior walked into one of dozens of plastic surgery clinics here and plopped down $730, the equivalent of one year's tuition. An hour later she came out with two big bandages over her eyes. When she removed the dressing the next day, Yang was aghast at her red, puffy eyelids.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
Americans love to look good, but insurers are often reluctant to pay the bills to help us look better. Last year we spent nearly $11 billion on cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Of the more than 10 million procedures performed, the most requested was breast augmentation. But Cameo Wichinsky, a 42-year-old investment fund manager living in Santa Monica, wants to take her figure in the opposite direction. Having long lived with the discomfort of breasts large enough to cause shoulder and neck pain and to limit her level of physical activity, she's ready to go under the knife to reduce her breast size and, she hopes, improve her quality of life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1999 | JERRY HICKS
I've always thought of plastic surgery as a nip here and a tuck there, touch-ups for those who need a boost in self-esteem. What a shocker recently to follow the Discovery Channel's cameras in the operating room during a face-lift, in which a woman's face was lifted right off her body. Plastic surgery is serious--and delicate--business.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
You didn't think you were going to get rid of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt that easily, did you? After a few years of relative obscurity, the spotlight-loving couple, a.k.a. "Speidi," from MTV's reality soap "The Hills" are coming back for a one-hour special E! special, "After Shock: Heidi & Spencer," slated for Dec. 9. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times According to the network, Montag will spill about her penchant for plastic surgery, which transformed her from an attractive girl-next-door type into something closer to a cartoon fantasy babe from a video game.
NEWS
June 30, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Obese patients who undergo plastic surgery are 12 times as likely to develop complications as those of normal weight, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reported Thursday. Such complications are bad for the patient, but they may also reflect poorly on the surgeons performing the procedures and the hospitals where they are carried out if rating agencies do not take patient weight into consideration, the researchers reported in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
How much would you pay for the perfect profile picture? In India, young Facebook users are reportedly paying thousands of dollars for plastic surgeries solely for the purpose of improving the way they look on Facebook and other social networks. A report by Vocativ, a news media start-up, says that India, the country that invented the nose job thousands of years ago, is now also pioneering a new trend called "Facebook facelifts. " "We are very much accepting of looking good through so-called artificial means," said Anip Dhir, a plastic surgeon, in the video above.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
When you're spending a reported $51 billion to host the most costly Olympics ever, what's another $50 million added to the pile? With six weeks to go before competition begins at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Russian Cabinet has allocated $50 million in extra subsidies for organizers. That brings the total amount of subsidies to $420 million, according to the RIA Novosti news service . Lawmakers gave no reason for approving the 1.6 billion rubles, but said the money will go toward the cost of hosting the Games, as opposed to the far greater amount that is being spent on infrastructure as organizers scramble to finish constructing venues, accommodations, roads and railways.
SPORTS
December 25, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
All J.J. Watt, the star Houston Texans defensive end, wants for Christmas is plastic surgery for his busted nose. OK, the NFL's reigning defensive player of the year probably wants more than that. The nose job, which he likely needs to clean up scarring from a gash that reopened during games after the initial injury, will come after the season. “Once it gets time to heal up and rest, it goes back to pretty normal,” Watt told the Associated Press in reference to his nose.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
You didn't think you were going to get rid of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt that easily, did you? After a few years of relative obscurity, the spotlight-loving couple, a.k.a. "Speidi," from MTV's reality soap "The Hills" are coming back for a one-hour special E! special, "After Shock: Heidi & Spencer," slated for Dec. 9. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times According to the network, Montag will spill about her penchant for plastic surgery, which transformed her from an attractive girl-next-door type into something closer to a cartoon fantasy babe from a video game.
SCIENCE
September 26, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Images of an expertly sculpted nose on a Chinese man's forehead may be shocking to many, but plastic surgeons say the use of forehead tissue for nasal reconstructive surgery dates back thousands of years. The practice of using flaps of tissue from both the forehead and cheek to reconstruct a severed nose was begun in ancient India, where facial disfigurement served as a form of punishment, according to Dr. Robert X. Murphy, president elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons . "They were very far advanced in using the forehead skin to refashion a semblance of a nose," Murphy said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Julie Chen of "The Talk" shared a big secret Wednesday on the show: She had plastic surgery done on her eyes in the hope of advancing her career. The reason? She'd been told she'd never make the anchor desk in Dayton, Ohio, because she was Chinese. Then a top-notch agent in no uncertain terms told her basically the same thing - she needed to Westernize her look. "He said, 'I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.' ... and I did it," Chen revealed during what has been a week of the show's hosts each unveiling a major secret from her past.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Amanda Bynes ' involuntary mental health hospitalization was extended Friday by a judge. The actress is being held at a Ventura psychiatric facility following her detention last month by Ventura County sheriff's deputies after she set a fire in a Thousand Oaks driveway. Bynes' parents have been attempting to win a conservatorship for their daughter so they can control her affairs and medical treatment. On Friday, a judge in Ventura County extended Bynes' mental health hold by 30 days and gave her mother some temporary conservatorship powers, according to People.
WORLD
July 12, 2009 | Caesar Ahmed, Ahmed is in The Times' Baghdad Bureau. Times staff writer Liz Sly contributed to this report.
There was a time when Baghdad's reconstructive surgeons were rushed off their feet trying to repair the terrible disfigurements caused by war. These days, they're just as likely to find themselves giving Botox injections or performing nose jobs, as Iraqis take advantage of the calmer conditions to enhance their looks.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
Americans love to look good, but insurers are often reluctant to pay the bills to help us look better. Last year we spent nearly $11 billion on cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Of the more than 10 million procedures performed, the most requested was breast augmentation. But Cameo Wichinsky, a 42-year-old investment fund manager living in Santa Monica, wants to take her figure in the opposite direction. Having long lived with the discomfort of breasts large enough to cause shoulder and neck pain and to limit her level of physical activity, she's ready to go under the knife to reduce her breast size and, she hopes, improve her quality of life.
SCIENCE
August 1, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
Before you spring for that face-lift, take another look in the mirror - the face looking back will only look about three years younger and be no more attractive than it was before surgery, according to a new study. While there's a longstanding assumption that facial plastic surgery adds beauty and strips years, the idea had never been objectively tested by scientists. A team led by Dr. A. Joshua Zimm of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City assembled a set of 49 patients who received “facial rejuvenation” from 2006 to 2010; they served as test subjects for the study , which was published Thursday in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
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