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Ken Doll 60th Plastic Surgery: Too Much?

December 8th, 2017

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In an article posted by the UK edition of The Sun on Tuesday Dec 5th, the headline blared the sensational title, “Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves reveals he’s going ahead with his 60th plastic surgery operation even if it KILLS him.” I believe that physicians have an ethical duty to screen patients for unhealthy requests for repeated elective cosmetic plastic surgery. It is discomforting that the colleague  mentioned in the article is performing this surgery and is willing to do this 60th procedure. I hear alarm bells for a patient that most probably has issues with his appearance and an insatiable quest for fame at all costs. More troubling is the fact that multiple surgeons, including his latest surgeon, Dr. Michael K Obeng, even admits that Rodrigo is “not normal” but will nonetheless take the money and garner publicity for doing this rib removal procedure. At what point should we all be guided by our ethics? Certainly in medicine we should be held to higher standards. Is Mr. Alves a victim, well maybe? However, some patients seek out anybody willing to take their money when other surgeons advise against a certain surgery and turn them away. As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it is particularly bothersome when board certified plastic surgeons perhaps sidestep ethics to indulge patients that might be better served by suggesting a psychiatric consultation.

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Millennial Men Seeking Cosmetic Surgery Trend

June 26th, 2017

Man Bun and millennial cosmetic surgery trendMillennial men are increasingly turning to cosmetic surgery procedures, according to a new trend survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. About 1/3 of the responders aged 18-34 said the main reasons for considering cosmetic procedures was to look younger and feel better about themselves, followed by wanting to look more rested and less stressed. However, older millennials aged 25-35 indicated that it was to maintain a more youthful competitive edge in their careers.

Why is this a trend? There may be several factors at work here. We have seen the phenomena of social media and the surge of “Selfie” culture influence both men and women on a grand scale. While millennial men are late to the party, people of all ages have become more critical of their appearance on social media and it easily translates to considering cosmetic procedures. First stop on that train are fillers, autologous fat transfer and Botox®, followed by facial rejuvenation surgery. While I have seen a slight uptick in consultation requests from men, they mention numerous reason for considering surgery. I suggest that this social media trend will continue, but as with all trends, it will likely subside as Facebook and others become less popular with millennials when the business and complexities of their lives may eventually leave less time for social media indulgences, while finally banishing the “man bun.”



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