Comedienne Joan Rivers dismisses having regular plastic surgery as just like simple car maintenance.

The fast-talking star even had a cosmetic operation during her hysterectomy - but believes she was just ahead of her time, according to the PAGE SIX website.

Joan says, "Every two years, I go to (DR) STEVE HOEFFLIN. You Simonize (polish) your car, so why not your face?"

And about her hysterectomy, she adds, "They were going to close me up, so I said, 'Let's get Steve in here to give me a tummy tuck.' I had a big argument with CEDARS-SINAI (hospital).

"Finally they let me do it. Now a lot of women are doing it. Once again, I was ahead of my time."

10/11/2003 18:26