[Nip and Tuck] An Eden (Weber County) woman who underwent breast augmentation and a tummy tuck, with full knowledge that Fox-13 News was producing a story about her procedure, is now crying foul. She says the TV station showed too much skin in its report and invaded her privacy, according to KSL radio.
Conni Judge is suing her plastic surgeon, Dr. Renato Saltz* of Park City, and Fox-13, claiming they went way too far. Saltz, by providing her "before" and "after" nude photos, and Fox by running the pictures with its story last year. Judge says she never gave her permission to disseminate the photos--only her consent to be interviewed about her experiences undergoing a "mommy makeover."
"Mommy makeover" translation: Popular plastic surgery procedure among thousands of Utah women who get married at 20, then churn out a brood of younguns' by age 30. Sagging breasts and drooping ass ensue. Their husbands start pressuring them for the body they had at age 18. Plastic surgery ensues.
**I interviewed Saltz in 2002 for a Salt Lake Tribune column about the hordes of 30-something Utah women who feel the need to rebuild themselves via saline and surgical defiance of gravity. He was a great interview, but also a serious publicity hound. It's not terribly surprising he played along with Fox-13, nor that he could have--allegedly--passed Judge's photos to the news crew. Guess the case will turn on whether the plaintiff gave her permission.
In a statement, Fox-13 General Manager Tim Ermish tells KSL the station acted "professionally" and "appropriately" and disputes Judge's allegations.
Finally, Judge, who works in corporate communications, says the airing of the story resulted in a loss of up to 75 percent of her clients. Which begs the question: Just how good was that boob job, anyway? (Holly Mullen)