Rodrigo Alves, better known as the "Human Ken Doll," recently underwent his 57th procedure — this time in pursuit of a Kim Kardashian-esque derriere.
Last we saw Alves, he had just completed his 51st procedure — a laser resurfacing facial treatment — and was considering weight-loss surgery. Since then, he's had six more procedures. And while the 33-year-old Brazilian may have withdrawn his application to the Guinness World Records for the most surgical procedures, his 57th still makes him a record holder of sorts: He's the first person to undergo the "Spider Web Butt Lift," according to the Daily Mail.
Performed by Bülent Cihantimur, MD, in Istanbul, Turkey, the "Spider Web" therapy is a lifting procedure usually limited to the face.
According to Dr. Cihantimur's website, the "Spider Web Technique" involves inserting "very thin needles" into the skin and injecting polydioxanone (PDO) threads (aka surgical sutures that the skin absorbs over the following weeks and months), which are then "knitted together" under the skin. The body has a reaction to the threads that boosts collagen production and creates a plumping effect in the threaded areas.
Alves' "Spider Web" procedure involved injecting 700 PDO threads in his backside and 500 PDO threads in his face. To further enhance the roundness of Alves' rear, Dr. Cihantimur also took fat from Alves' back and waist and injected it into his buttocks.
"I feel good," Alves told the Daily Mail. "My butt is very swollen and purple right now but it looks really good and ready for summer — it's really perfect, I'm very happy."
Alves said he underwent the procedure as part of his upcoming TV show with friend and co-star Pixee Fox (aka the "Human Barbie" and the "Living Cartoon").
Alves said the show is meant to be educational and share the latest cosmetic procedureswith viewers .
"I want to inform people of the pros and cons of surgery, and to help people make their own decisions about what they want to look like and live their lives visually," he said.
But the show isn't the only thing on Alves' mind: He plans on permanently changing his brown eyes to blue (he normally wears hand-painted contacts) next month, and wants to get another nose surgery. (He has had eight.)
Though his body previously rejected his new nose (and he subsequently developed necrosis, a "rotting" of the cells), and he has admitted he has difficulty breathing as a result of the surgeries, he doesn't find the procedures dangerous.
"Surgery is only done on healthy individuals," he said. "You have to go through tons of physical and psychological exams to undergo surgery. So I am very healthy and heal very well."
Alves was diagnosed in 2015 with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental illness in which a person obsesses over perceived "flaws" in his or her appearance and often goes to extreme measures to "fix" them.
[h/t Daily Mail]