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I'm a Michigan-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has been featured on Dr. 90210. The info here is my opinion alone and should not be taken as fact or as medical advice. I've not treated any of the celebrities presented here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tara Reid's Surgeon - Dr. Steve Svehlak

Tara Reid and her plastic surgery "nightmare" is the cover story of the latest US magazine. She goes in detail about the various problems with her first plastic surgery, with the following quotes from

On why she had plastic surgery in the first place:
“I got my breasts done for the first time because my breasts were uneven. I was a 34-B, but the right one was always bigger than the left. I weigh 110 pounds now, but I always used to fluctuate by 10 pounds, so my skin was kind of saggy. I figured, I’m in Hollywood, I’m getting older, I’m going to fix them.”

On what went wrong:
“First of all, I asked for big Bs, and he did not give me big Bs. He gave me Cs, and I didn’t want them. At all. Right after the surgery, I had some bumps along the edges of my nipples, but the doctor said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s going to be better.’ But after six months of ‘it’s going to get better,’ it started to get worse and worse.”

On being intimate:
"Guys I was dating would be like, ‘What’s wrong with them? They look really bad. You know, you should really get them fixed.’ So embarrassing. I mean, you definitely need to turn off the lights, that’s for sure.”

On getting lipo:
"I got lipo because even though I was skinny, I wanted – I’m not going to lie – a six-pack. I had body contouring, but it all went wrong. My stomach became the most ripply, bulgy thing.”

A very good friend of mine (and former associate during my time in Beverly Hills), Dr. Steve Svehlak was identified as the surgeon who fixed her previous unsatisfactory work. She states that he helped "get her confidence back."
Liposuction which is performed overly aggressively or in the wrong tissue plane can create unsightly bulges and depressions. It is most often seen in the tummy and outer thigh areas. I have corrected many of these myself, usually coming from local cosmetic surgeons who are not board-certified plastic surgeons. I believe that the attempt to create a "six pack" using liposuction (called "etching" makes no sense at all. Some surgeons will try this to make the fat look like muscle. Unfortunately, fat is not muscle and will sag with time. No one wants to have a saggy, fat-filled six pack. Eventually that six pack of Heineken bottles will turn into a six pack of Milwaukee's Best in a can. It is bound for ultimate failure.
Anyone on the West Coast who is interested in a world-class plastic surgeon, visit Dr. Svehlak's website at He's a great guy and outstanding surgeon. Let him know I sent you. OK...enough of the plug.


Kris in Hawaii said...

Love your site and your perspective! Please keep it up--I've linked you. :)

Dr. Rob Oliver said...


I agree with your philosophy re. abdominal etching. It's short-sighted to assume whatever you permanently "etch" is going to remain a fixed point of reference indefinately. With weight gain/loss and aging it seems likely that etched channels in the subcutaneous fat are going to leave plenty of dents, dings, and deformities over the coming years.

Anonymous said...

Sheesh. It didn't take many years for her "etching" to go south. I hope she's more careful about choosing plastic surgeons in the future.

Anonymous said...

wow, can't believe it all went that bad. just shows you that plastic surgery can do more harm than good.

dennis said...

One thing I'm wondering about is that with all the talented cosmetic surgeons in Beverly Hills, she had to walk right into a plastic surgery "nightmare". Too bad she didn't get to meet Dr. Svehlak first.

Dr. Tony Youn said...

Yeah... or ME! :)

Ms. Mckinney said...

It seems to me that Dr. Svehlak trained under Dr. Richard Ellenbogen. He happens to be my doctor and I was shocked and dismayed at Dr.Svehlak and Yamani's sudden disappearing act..I don't know what happened, but it seemed suspect to me....