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Plastic Surgery Could Have Killed The Human Ken Doll

Monday - 18/04/2016 18:27
Given the huge strides made by the body positivity movement and the mental healthcare communities, it's hard to believe we live in a world whe-re multiple people would spend hundreds...
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Given the huge strides made by the body positivity movement and the mental healthcare communities, it's hard to believe we live in a world whe-re multiple people would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars (not to mention the weeks of pain and healing) to try and make themselves look like unrealistically proportioned children's toys. And yet the internet has been abuzz once again this week with news that the so-called Human Ken Doll was released f-rom the hospital following a life-threatening complication f-rom plastic surgery. Life in plastic, it's... maybe less fantastic than Aqua led us to believe.

32-year old Brazilian native Rodrigo Alves, known by many as the Human Ken Doll, was rushed to the hospital last week after part of his nose began deteriorating as a result of skin necrosis related to a nasal reconstruction surgery he had in February. The flight attendant, who has reportedly had forty-two surgeries and spent over 300,000 English pounds in his quest for his dream look, told The Daily Mail on Thursday, "A horrible hole has appeared in my nostril and the infection is eating my nose and I've been warned if it is not stopped, it could eat into my face."

Following a round of IV antibiotic treatment, Alves appears to be out of immediate danger, though the damage f-rom the necrosis is irreversible. This will likely mean a new set of surgeries, with the hope that new reconstructed tissue will not reject like the last.

While Alves, like most of his fellow Barbie-devotees, has not been diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder aka BDD (a mental disorder in which sufferers fixate on perceived flaws in their appearance) many sources speculate that this level of conviction indicates something more serious than a simple desire to look good. Whatever the case may be, Alves has remained upbeat on Instagram throughout the ordeal, writing in a post on Friday, "Your life is at your hands to be anything that you want to be."

Get the full story at Refinery 29.

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Author: Allure

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