During a recent appearance on British talk show This Morning, Rodrigo Alves — aka the "Human Ken Doll" — opened up about the complications of his many plastic surgeries. After having eight nose jobs, he said, he's starting to have trouble breathing.
"July of last year I had my nose reconstructed with a piece of cartilage from my ribs," he told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. "That helped, but I still can't breathe 100 percent."
In total, Alves has undergone more than 50 reconstructive procedures, ranging from a fake six-pack implant to stem cell injections in his face and hair. The surgeries have cost him nearly $500,000 (he says he's able to pay for them thanks to an inheritance he received from his grandparents) — and now, his ability to breathe easily.
But even if he wanted to, Alves said he couldn't just quit going under the knife. When asked why he continues to get more work done even when his health is suffering for it, he said his surgeries have had a sort of "domino effect."
"Now I can't breathe, so I have to do another surgery to repair my breathing," he explained. "It's just like when you start dyeing your hair."
In 2015, Alves was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with the perceived "flaws" in his or her appearance. Alves is currently receiving treatment for body dysmorphia, but he hasn't stopped undergoing procedures since his diagnosis. Attempting to "correct" physical flaws with plastic surgery is considered a symptom of the disorder, according to the Mayo Clinic.
This is particularly problematic given the results of a February 2017 survey published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which found that plastic surgeons may be underdiagnosing BDD despite being aware of and understanding signs of the disorder.
Alves' breathing troubles come less than a year after he was rushed to the hospital for another plastic surgery-related complication. In April 2016, one of Alves' nose jobs resulted in necrosis, a condition in which body tissue dies because of a lack of blood supply.
[h/t New York Daily News]