Cosmetic surgery advice that is sought out is not likely to include a woman who wants to look like Barbie. The story in the news today alerted the world that another woman has become a victim of cosmetic surgery “obsession”. one of the many articles (and it will be on GMA too) shows an image that appears more like Photoshop than cosmetic surgery. The article covers a woman’s deliberate conversion to what is described as a living doll. there are- her self- promoting websites, Facebook pages, and other social media outlets with plenty of photos helping her to garner over 1 million views and ultimately a spot on national television.
The question I have is what does this have to do with cosmetic surgery? these stories, and this is not the first one , often refer to regular people who want to transform themselves into either a celebrity or in this case in an inanimate object. this is not cosmetic surgery… this is a person with a mental illness. When the people who oppose plastic surgery; make the allegation that women are forced to transform their appearance, and how unhealthy it is, they often refer to these types of stories. The reality is, with almost 18 years in the business, having worked across the country with patients in plastic surgery practices; I can say firsthand that it is extremely rare that anyone desires to look like a Barbie doll. this is not a trend, nor does it mean that young girls will aspire to look like this person.
Cosmetic Surgery is not the Problem
She may have had a breast augmentation that was disproportionate to her body, excessive injections of fillers, but she does not represent cosmetic surgery for the overwhelming majority of women who choose to have procedures performed. Sadly, at 21 years old all we can hope for is that she has not altered her face and body to the extent that corrective surgery will be rendered impossible; when and if she comes to her senses in about 20 years.