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Plastic Disasters

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  • Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G1R4UM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Plastic surgery had a rather humble beginning in the early 1900's for what was the right reasons back then. After World War I, many soldiers had facial disfigurements from projectiles hitting them as a result of trench warfare. These surgeries were performed to make repairs, save the soldiers from embarrassment and shame, and to help them continue on with normal lives.

Fast forward to the late 1970's and beyond. Following the introduction of breast implants, plastic surgery became big business with a way to make big money. Gone were the days where most procedures were done for purely health reasons such as correcting serious defects. Nowadays it is performed largely for reasons of vanity. With this in mind, it begs the questions whether it is safe or not and is it really that important?

This program examines 3 people who have had cosmetic surgery procedures that have all ended up causing unhealthy, dangerous, and disfiguring results. The first is Lucille who had collagen injections followed by a face lift and rhinoplasty (nose reshaping). One year after these procedures, her appearance left her looking 20 years older and she had problems breathing and swallowing. She had a second facelift to correct this which exacerbated her problems. Next is Mona who had a liposuction procedure where her doctor punctured her intestine and caused a massive infection in her abdomen. She was bedridden for so long after this that she suffered from bedsores and collapsed veins in her legs which ultimately led to her having both of her legs amputated. And the last is Tony. He had an unsuccessful rhinoplasty procedure followed by revision surgery. This didn't work so he had a third surgery where a doctor incorrectly placed a silicon implant into his nose.
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I did a persuasive speech against plastic surgery for school and this video really helped show my classmates what real imacts plastic surgery has on a persons life and gave them a different view on it.
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I actually watched this documentary on HBO where there is no way to write a review so I decided to post this on Amazon because I was so outraged with it's lack of facts and overwhelming subjective data. First off I will say that it is unfortunate what has happened to these individuals. I do not wish pain or suffering on anyone. That being said I would also say that this film was unbelievably lacking in actual documented cases of malpractice in dealing with elective plastic surgery. First I would like to discuss Lucille. No factual data, interviews, documentation, ECT concerning her case were discussed. On the contrary when she was seen by the otolaryngologist and had a thorough exam including a fiber optic scope of her nasal and oral pharynx, he stated she had no obvious signs of swallowing or breathing problems. The excess skin appeared normal for someone her age and body type. If it were truly an emergency dealing with an airway problem it would be addressed or she would not be alive. Second I would like to discuss Mona. If you weren't paying close attention you many not have noticed she stated she was diabetic. One of the main complications with diabetes is PVD. (Peripheral Vascular Disease-google it) I know Mona would have had a primary care physician who was managing her diabetes. And if that primary care physician would have known Mona's intension to have liposuction he/she would have strongly advised against the procedure. Did Mona discuss her plastic surgery with her primary care physician? I know that abdominal wall perforation is a possible complication from abdominal liposuction so this is not exactly unheard of. Finally I would like to discuss Troy, who at the end of this film summed up the way I feel about this film.Read more ›
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I found this documentary to be very lazily and unintelligently constructed. There were plenty of visually disturbing images to entertain viewers satisfied with mere shock value, but there were very few details provided for each case study. Who were the doctors responsible, were they board certified, and similar such basic questions are largely omitted altogether. Finally, Lucille's story relies mostly on disturbing video and images without any real scientific or medical explanation beyond that which she herself struggles to provide in her own personal videos. Shameful, unprofessional, and embarrassing HBO production.
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