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In the past six months, Mackenzie Phillips has been making a very public effort to exorcise her demons -- confessing her sexual relationship with her late father on Oprah, releasing her full story in the memoir High on Arrival, working through her lifelong drug addiction on VH1's Celebrity Rehab. Now, the former child star is ready to start over, and celebrate her transformation with a $50,000 makeover.
Phillips, 50, went public with her new look on Wednesday's Good Morning America. Although she didn't have plastic surgery, her doctor used two "injectables" on her face: Botox, which paralyzes wrinkle-causing muscles, and Restylane, which makes skin appear smoother. Phillips also received rejuvenating laser treatments to her face, along with 36 hours of dental work -- and, to top it all off, hair extensions. GMA's "after" photo shows the actress with noticeably fuller lips, wider eyes, thicker hair and fewer facial wrinkles.
The one-time sitcom star (One Day at a Time) claims that she's not trying to erase the old Mac by getting a new face -- rather, she just "wanted my outsides to match my insides." But in her Good Morning America interview, it's clear that she'd like to leave the past behind: when asked to explain a drug reference from her appearance on Celebrity Rehab, Phillips refused to answer, saying, "It's very difficult for me to reconcile the woman I was with the woman I am."
Cosmetic surgeries and treatments are often a taboo topic among celebs, but Phillips is the second star this year to make her "work" public. Back in January, 23-year-old Heidi Montag showed off multiple cosmetic procedures, claiming (like Phillips) that the outer changes were an expression of her inner self. While we think that Phillips and Montag, like anyone, deserve happiness, we have to wonder: Isn't there a way to start over without injecting botulism into your own face?
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