Heidi Montag of MTV’s ‘The Hills: New Beginnings’ Talks About Having Multiple Plastic Surgeries at 23 Years Old

The Hills: New Beginnings‘ Heidi Montag recently opened up about undergoing 10 surgical procedures in just one day, according to Today. She and her husband, Spencer Pratt, discussed what Montag had to go through to recover.

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Striving to be perfect

According to People, the MTV reality star had already gone under the knife for a breast augmentation and nose job in 2007.  “For the past three years I’ve thought about what to have done,” Montag told People in 2010. “I am absolutely beyond obsessed.”

So obsessed that she underwent 10 procedures in one day in 2010 including a mini brow lift, botox, nose job revision, fat injections, chin reduction, neck liposuction, ear pinning, breast augmentation revision, liposuction on lower body, and buttock augmentation.

Afterwards, Montag told People she was pleased with the results, yet was already planning her next surgery. “Think about the industry I’m trying to go into. My ultimate dream is to be a pop star,” she said at the time. “I’m competing against the Britney Spearses of the world – and when she was in her prime, it was her sex appeal that sold. Obviously, looks matter; it’s a superficial industry… Nobody ages perfectly, so I plan to keep using surgery to make me as perfect as I can be.”

A change of perspective

In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Montag talked about the repercussions of putting her body through such trauma at a young age. “I was way too young to make such a life-changing decision and was under so much pressure because it was the beginning of comment sections and negativity and hate on the internet,” she said. “I was just really self-involved at the time—like so many young people—but I was also on TV where every perceived flaw is amplified. I think I looked in the mirror a little too much. I wish I had waited and not made a decision so young because I have long-term health complications.”

When asked about her recovery process, Montag replied, “They don’t show you how devastating the recovery is. I don’t regret a lot of my enhancement, but plastic surgery isn’t something that should be glorified. Take it seriously.”

Montag had given a descriptive account to People in 2010 on what her recovery entailed. “The pain was everywhere – my head felt like it had a jackhammer on it. I couldn’t talk because of my jaw and chin. When I saw Spencer, I started crying hard, and I was like, ‘I feel like I wanna die right now. I’m in so much pain. I don’t know what to do,’” she recalled. “The first day being back (home) was really hard. I asked Spencer to cover all the mirrors in the house because I didn’t want to fixate on what I looked like then. And I felt bad that he had to even look at me. I looked like I had been hit by a bus. I was a purple, swollen mush – I didn’t look human! It was so scary. I could hardly move. Couldn’t even walk. And my back was black and blue and purple. It was more traumatizing just seeing it than even feeling it really. When I had a nurse come over so I could bathe, the first time the water touched me, I freaked out. I just felt so fragile.”

Her husband’s view

Pratt also spoke with Cosmopolitan on what it was like seeing his wife endure so much pain. “I was there for every second, so I know all about that journey,” he said in the interview. “Let me just tell any ladies and gentlemen and gender nonconforming folks out there — just everyone: The phrase ‘minor surgical procedure’ does not exist. That’s the hard lesson we learned. There’s no such thing as one minor surgical procedure. And there’s certainly no such thing as 10 minor surgical procedures.”

The procedures took such a toll on Montag’s body that her heart had stopped at one point after the surgeries. “Spencer thought he lost me,” she told Paper in 2018. “I died for a minute. With that much surgery, I had to have 24-hour nurse care and Spencer didn’t want to leave my side. I was at a recovery center and had Demerol to deal with the pain because it was so extreme. My security guards called Spencer and told him, ‘Heidi’s heart stopped. She’s not going to make it.’ And I easily could’ve. Cutting yourself up isn’t something I’d recommend, and Demerol isn’t anything to play around with.”

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Pratt expressed his frustration on how accessible plastic surgery has become for people. “It’s upsetting that you can go to a doctor and say ‘Here’s what I hate about myself,’ and he’ll say ‘I can fix that. For free,’” he told Cosmopolitan.

Today, Montag chooses to focus on her relationship with God, her husband, and her son, Gunner. “I just want him to enjoy his life, and not live in his parents’ mistakes or shadows,” she said of her son.