Heidi Montag: 'I Don't Want My Face to Fall Off Like Michael Jackson'

The reality-TV star says she often wears surgical tape on her nose.

ByABC News
January 18, 2010, 6:47 PM

Sept. 3, 2010— -- In the middle of pursuing a split with estranged husband Spencer Pratt, juggling sex tape allegations and continuing to mourn the death of her plastic surgeon, Heidi Montag is facing another grim challenge.

"I don't want my face to fall off like Michael Jackson," the reality-TV star, who has been seen wearing surgical tape on her nose, told Life & Style magazine.

"The last time I didn't wear tape after surgery and my nose changed shape. The tape is supposed to keep the swelling down and hold my nose in place the way Dr. [Frank] Ryan sculpted it. ... I'm not taking any chances now that he's gone."

Ryan, the surgeon who performed extensive plastic surgery early this year on Montag, 23, died in August in a one-car accident in Los Angeles, according to reports.

Ryan was 50.

The surgeon was thrust into the spotlight in January when a radically reconfigured Montag announced that she had undergone 10 different plastic surgery procedures in one marathon session.

People magazine reported at the time that Montag's mother was "horrified" by her surgeries.

The magazine quoted an anonymous source "close to the [Montag] family" as saying that Montag's mother, Darlene Egelhoff, "is horrified and having a total breakdown. She can't wait to confront Heidi when she goes home."

But Montag told "Nightline" in a January interview that her mother knew she was going to have plastic surgery. Montag went on to say that she was even planning to schedule a "mommy makeover" with her plastic surgeon for her mom.

"Actually, she was excited for me and she's asking me ... for her surgery next," Montag said. "So, for Mother's Day, I have to ask Dr. Frank Ryan if he'll do the mommy makeover. But I think that she understands.

"And I think the first surgery was a little more weary for her, and a little more foreign to her, and she was a little more concerned."

Montag had breast implants, a brow lift, botox in her forehead, a nose job revision, fat injections in her cheeks, a chin reduction, neck liposuction and had her ears pinned back.

Edelhoff declined to comment publicly.