With advancements in technology and techniques, more and more men and women are undergoing plastic surgery procedures to meet their cosmetic goals. While most seek solutions to improve their looks and self esteem, some people are going under the knife to look like their favorite celebrity or someone they admire. It doesn’t even matter if the object of admiration is inanimate! According to recent reports, a Brazilian man has spent as much as $170,000 on plastic surgery procedures to transform himself into a human Ken doll lookalike. Described as a plastic surgery addict, Rodrigo Alves underwent about 20 cosmetic procedures to achieve his weird dream. The procedures included three nose jobs, jaw liposuction, calf shaping, abs sculpting and much more.
Earlier this year, a 30-year old woman spent $25,000 dollars on cosmetic surgery to look like Jennifer Lawrence. The procedures she had included liposuction of the body and face, rhinoplasty, fat grafts to the cheeks, breast augmentation and a butt lift.
Justin Jedlica made a sensation last year when he underwent a series of 128 plastic surgeries to correct the so-called flaws of his appearance. He even said the plastic surgery procedures are more socially accepted for women and he faced extra barriers to achieving his desired look as a male. However, this seems to be an exception more than the rule. The number of men seeking aesthetic procedures has soared in recent years.
Earlier, plastic surgery was more or less confined to correcting the flaws in the bodily appearance which might occur due to injuries, heredity or other factors. However, with technological advancements enhancing safety and efficiency, celebrities, models and just about anyone who had the inclination to improve their looks, are opting to go under the knife.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that 15.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2013, up by 3% from 2012. Total cosmetic procedures include 1.6 million surgical procedures and 13.4 million minimally-invasive procedures. Factors such as ease and simplicity in carrying out these procedures, improved safety, short duration and fast and quick recovery time have contributed to plastic surgery decisions.