Undo-plasty: Haven't come across that procedure in medical school

Undo-plasty: Haven't come across that procedure in medical school.It's the latest plastic surgery craze, and it's becoming more popular than nose jobs, boob jobs, liposuction and tummy tucks.

I'll have one then - will it make me look great?

It will certainly improve your appearance, particularly if you suffer from trout-pout, needle-nose or balloon boobs. Many people who've paid thousands for "surgical enhancements" are now finding they prefer the way they looked before the operation, and so are getting the procedure reversed in the hope of restoring their original appearance.

Going back to nature?


Rock star Courtney Love, who has had a few things done over the years, is one celebrity who's going for the natural look. "I just want the mouth God gave me," she said (what comes out of her mouth is another matter). Glamour model Jordan wants to shed the trappings of celebrity, particularly her two most famous trappings, and wants to be known by her given name of Katie Price.

Sounds drastic - have they thought this thing through?

According to one Hollywood plastic surgeon, "revision plastic surgery" accounts for nearly 50 per cent of their current business. People who got enhancements done on a whim are now finding them more of a burden than a blessing.

Celebrities, huh! There's no pleasing them.

It's not just celebrities who are going for these reverse procedures. Ordinary people unsatisfied with their cosmetic surgery are regretting letting some quack loose on their body parts. A major complaint is that surgeons simply do what they like, regardless of what the patient wants. The result is that people end up with noses that don't suit the rest of their faces, or facelifts that go all the way to the back of their heads.

Must be a hard job trying to put the genie back in the bottle.

Undo-plasties are not easy. With nose jobs in particular, the cartilage needs to be rebuilt, a long and complex procedure.

Too late for Michael Jackson then?

The only way would be to melt him down and start again. And with Joan Rivers, you'd have to bring her to the garage and have her bashed back into shape.

Try at home:

"I spent hours getting my boobs shrunk and he didn't even notice."

Try at work:

"Nurse, tell Pat Kenny we're sorry, but we can't reverse his charisma bypass."

Kevin Courtney

Kevin Courtney

Kevin Courtney is an Irish Times journalist