updated 09/08/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/08/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
She’s Tweeted about massaging her breast implants to keep them soft, worried about her nose falling off and complained of jaw pain recently – but Heidi Montag doesn’t want to be a cautionary tale against plastic surgery.
After her jaw-dropping (or is that tightening) 10 plastic surgeries in one day last November, the former Hills star told PEOPLE she was on a journey to become “the best me.”
On her recent trip to Costa Rica, Montag, 23, has been flaunting her body, posing in a bikini in the water while still sporting a bandage on her nose. Why? “To keep the swelling down and hold my nose in place the way [my plastic surgeon] Dr. Ryan sculpted it,” she has said.