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  • Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Kim Richards has had plenty of drama on the reality show and now it appears she is heading to rehab to battle some of the demons she has struggled with on the show.

    47-year old Kim Richards visited Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif on an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, shortly before announcing her intent to enter rehab. On that episode, Kim was seeking Botox and other anti-aging measures from Dr. Nassif, who expressed concern over her use of prescription drugs while treating her (See Make Me Heal’s story on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills plastic surgeries).

    While minor plastic surgery with injectables do not present a problem for patients with substance abuse issues, more major plastic surgery can have poor results if patients are unable to safely use pain killers prescribed for plastic surgery recovery.

    Dr. David Shafer, celebrity plastic surgeon in New York City says, “Patients with substance abuse issues should not undergo surgery for health reasons and, if under the influence, cannot give informed consent.  However, there would be no medical interaction between Botox, Fillers and any of the substances that they would be abusing.  So from a purely scientific perspective, there is no reason they could not have Botox or Fillers.”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “After cosmetic surgery most patients will be prescribed a pain killer to make their recovery more pleasant and comfortable.  If a patient with a history of substance abuse desires plastic surgery they must discuss this issue with their plastic surgeon to come up with a safe and effective plan for managing their recovery and any medications that they will be taking.”

    Kim has faced many accusations on the show about her battles with alcohol and drug use and Makemeheal.com is glad that she is seeking help for her issues.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Kim Richards on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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