April 9, 2010
Posted: 07:00 PM ET
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Reality TV star had a procedure even she couldn’t explain
Heidi Montag is a celebrity who's perhaps better known for the work she's had done than any work she's actually done. Earlier this week, the 23-year-old star of MTV's "The Hills" went on Ryan Seacrest's radio show to talk about her body of work: a nose job, cheekbone and chin jobs, an eyebrow lift, breast augmentation, back scooping — wait. What?
"I had my back scooped," Montag said on "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" on Monday. When asked what, exactly, that means, she said, "I actually didn't know. I might be the first one to try it. It carves out your back a little bit."
And the Internet was all, Back scooping? Is that a real thing?! LOL. Commenters on blogs and celebrity gossip sites pondered together: What is this mysterious procedure?
First of all, the procedure isn't really called that, said Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon in Troy, Mich., who runs the blog Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery.
"'Back scooping' is probably a term that Heidi made up for the liposuction of the love-handle, back-of-hips area," says Youn, an msnbc.com contributor.
The procedure essentially does create a scoop-like, concave appearance to the patient's back, handy for backless summer dresses. But Montag is definitely not the first one to try this — it's a fairly common surgery, and it's becoming an increasingly popular weapon in the war on the muffin top.
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