A Brazilian man spent more than $250,000 on 42 cosmetic procedures to look like a Ken doll, but ended up with a life-threatening condition after one of the surgeries caused complications.
Rodrigo Alves, who lives in London, went to extreme lengths to look like a Ken doll, spending more than $250,000 for several surgeries including nose reconstruction. Following the nose reconstruction, a hole began appearing in a nostril and his new septum started to come loose.
The hole grew larger and he began having trouble breathing — ultimately being diagnosed necrosis, a condition that occurs when flesh begins to die.
“I had nose reconstruction three months ago and it appears the new cartilage has been rejected by my body,” he told the Daily Mail from a hospital in Malaga, Spain.
“It is very frightening and I'm trying to get back to London as soon as possible for help. My breathing has been getting worse for the last three days and now my nose is completely blocked. 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. It's very hot and dusty here and I wonder whether this might have set the infection off.”
Alves said he’s not sure whether or not doctors will have to remove his nose to save him. Necrosis can sometimes trigger serious complications that include blood poisoning and gangrene.
“I'm very upset and very worried. I'm very hot and feverish and doctors are giving me conflicting advice,” Alves said.
“I first got sent to an ears, eyes and nose specialist but then I got transferred to an infections specialist. It appears the skin inside my nose has died and I may need a complete reconstruction. I've been feeling unwell for several days but everything in Spain happens so slowly. I really want to get home and get expert treatment but I need another session on these drips.”
In a similar incident, a Brazilian woman was referred to as a “human Barbie” due to her doll-like appearance, but claimed that she accomplished the look without surgery.
“People don't believe me when I say I have never had any plastic surgery and they think I starve myself because I'm so thin. They call me a liar,” she told The Sun.
“For as long as I remember I have always looked like a doll. I hardly wear any heavy makeup on a daily basis, I don't diet and I walk my dogs for exercise.”