Lisa Rinna would agree. The Melrose Place–turned–reality–TV star had silicone lip implants in 1986, inspired by the pillowy pucker of Beaches actress Barbara Hershey. But over the years scar tissue formed around the silicone, leading to a lumpy appearance and a hard, pebbly feel. After cortisone injections failed to minimize the fullness, Rinna visited Beverly Hills surgeon Garth Fisher; he removed some of the silicone and fibrous tissue and reshaped her upper lip in August of last year. The actress, who had to wait four months for post-op swelling to subside before seeing results, has spoken ruefully about her plasticized appearance, calling herself gullible and comparing her implants to a tattoo that one gets on impulse.
Day, still recovering in a Nashville hotel room when this article went to press, echoed Rinna’s sentiments. While she hopes that Maxwell’s revision spares her a lifetime of disquieting encounters with the bathroom mirror, she’s not holding out for perfection. Revisionists are not in the business of working miracles, after all. “What I want is to look normal,” Day says. “But if I could turn back the clock, I’d never have had surgery in the first place.”