Gary Busey has admitted to getting a massive plastic surgery makeover following weeks of radiation to treat his brain tumor diagnosis, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned. In his new tell-all book Buseyisms, the 74-year-old actor revealed that he became deeply insecure when he looked in the mirror after six weeks and 20 sessions of radiation to his face in 1997. "I can't really explain when it happened, because I don't understand the timing of it myself, but sometime after the radiation, maybe four weeks later, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror," Busey recalled. "A sick feeling deep in the pit of my stomach struck me. I looked horrible. I didn't recognize myself." For more on the star's reconstructive surgery, click through Radar's gallery.
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"The man I was looking at was not the same I'd seen in the mirror for the past 53 years," Busey wrote. "The man in my reflection was a stranger with a crooked face. There was an abnormal pull on my face like a bad doll head. My eye was yanked down and open more than the right one, and the left side of my nose was jerked up. The radiation disfigured my face."
Busey said he knew after that day he needed to find a plastic surgeon that would be able to perform reconstructive surgery on his face. The former Celebrity Apprentice star was able to find a trusted Beverly Hills surgeon to do the job.
Busey was first diagnosed with brain cancer in May 1997. A little over a year later, on August 12, 1998, he went under the knife in hopes of a complete transformation.
"After the surgery, I had to wait two long days to find out what my fate would be when the time came. Dr. Ryan removed the bandages and said, 'You're swollen, but that's normal. Wanna see?'" he recalled.
"He handed me a mirror. I said a silent prayer, then looked at myself. I saw my familiar face looking back at me in the purity I was born with and had grown up with. Even through the swelling, I could tell my face was fixed. I looked like me again," he continued.
Though Busey said he's satisfied with his new face, he hardly looks the same as in his younger years before the brain tumor.
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