You may have heard of Justin Jedlica who has been in the news this week. The 34-year-old model is a self-proclaimed plastic surgery addict and has just been through a life-threatening procedure to get one step closer to his ultimate goal – to become a human Ken doll.
Justin went under the knife for the first time at the age of 17 and, since then, he has undergone approximately 190 cosmetic procedures at a cost of more than $200,000. Among the list of procedures are rhinoplasty, chest implants, shoulder implants, bicep implants, tricep implants, brow shaving and lifts, cheek augmentations, subpectoral implants, thigh implants, gluteoplasty, lip augmentations and calf implants.
He is also the first person to have a special kind of back implant that gives the impression that he has ‘wings’. But Justin’ most recent procedure – the removal of the veins on his forehead – was by far the most dangerous.
He said: “It was a high-risk procedure because there was a possibility I could go blind as they needed to go in through the inside of my eyelids in order to burn the veins off.” While radical transformations such as Justin’s are very rare, it is still worrying that more and more people in the UK are taking drastic measures in order to improve their body image.
Similar to Justin – who had his first procedure at 17 – it is the younger generation that seems to be behind this recent increase. In light of this, we should be concerned about the potential psychological impact that surgery may have on younger people and also whether these surgeries have any lasting consequences. Younger patients may be vulnerable and will often have self-esteem issues that cannot be solved with a simple ‘nose or boob job’.
It is also common for people to have unrealistic expectations when going under the knife, meaning that those who are unhappy with the results of surgery will usually go for repeat procedures or experience depression and anxiety. Those who have excessive procedures like Justin may even be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Sufferers of BDD repeatedly change or examine different parts of their body to the point that the obsession starts to interfere with other aspects of their life.
Around 10% of plastic surgery patients are thought to suffer with BDD and, since the surgery does not alleviate any of their symptoms, it often leads to more and more cosmetic procedures. This seems to be the case for Justin, who is already thinking about having more surgery. He said: “I still have a long way to go before I can say I’m 100% plastic, but I’m so determined to be plastic that nothing will stop me from reaching my goal.” At FORZA, we try to offer a health & fitness approach to losing weight and getting in shape; we do not believe that anybody should be trying to achieve the ‘100% plastic’ look. The most important thing is to feel confident in your own skin, embrace your differences, and celebrate who you are.