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Is it Normal to Get Mother-Daughter Plastic Surgery?

Wed, December 16, 2009 10:30pm EDT by Add first Comment


Real Housewives of the O.C. star Lynne Curtin and daughter Raquel bonded by getting a few nip-tucks together, but do you think that’s cool or just plain crazy?

We certainly did a few double takes when we heard Real Housewives of the O.C. star Lynne Curtin and her 19-year-old daughter Raquel bonded by getting some mother-daughter plastic surgery. One eyelift and one nose job later, the family members seem more bonded than ever, but surely there are easier ways to say “I love you” than by going under the knife?

“I’m concerned that, because Lynne is on a reality show, it’s encouraging her daughter to put a lot of emphasis and priority on her looks. She’s going to the extreme of having surgery and not accepting herself for who she is,” Rhonda Shindling, relationship expert and host of Contact Radio’s Help Me Rhonda, tells “She comes from a family where beauty is encouraged. This may be only the beginning.”

Shindling adds that there ARE other ways for Lynne and Raquel to be closer. “There are other ways to bond than having surgery and recovering together! Why don’t they just go shopping together?”

But aside from her worries, our expert grudgingly admits that, “Getting surgery together is OK. It shows they have a good relationship.”

From a plastic surgeon’s standpoint, a mother-daughter experience is normal. “People do this all the time,” Dr. Christine Petti, a plastic surgeon at the Aesthetic Accents Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center in Torrance, Calif. tells “I haven’t had anyone come in saying it was going to be a bonding thing, but it’s common for a mother to have facial plastic surgery and then a daughter come in afterward for a nose job.”

Agrees Beverly Hills-based surgeon Frank H. Ryan, “This type of mother-daughter bonding experience is far more common in the world of reality TV where the producers are always in search of an interesting angle and story arc! In reality, it happens occasionally, but it is far from the norm.”

So you see, ladies, don’t believe everything you see on television! Lynne and Raquel are the exception, not the rule.

Do you think there are FAR better ways to bond than by going under the knife? Let us know below!

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