“How can you watch this stuff? Ewwww!” My husband’s reaction every time he walks through the living room and I’m watching “Botched” on E! with Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif digging into breast tissue or crawling up nasal cavities.
He’s right. The horrors that people with botched cosmetic surgery and procedures face can be not only life-threatening but socially and mentally debilitating. The anguish alone can be nauseating. After watching the first and second (in progress) seasons, a few patterns emerged that taught me three valuable life lessons.
“My Face & Body Are Worth More Than The Lowest Bidder.”
This is Rajee Narinesingh, a 44 year-old transgender. She wanted to look more feminine like Angelina Jolie or Halle Berry. Yet, she couldn’t afford typical licensed plastic surgeon fees. Rajee went to an underground pumping party instead, where Oneal Ron Morris (the “Toxic Tush Doctor,” now in jail on manslaughter charges) injected Rajee’s face, breasts and buttocks with cement and tire sealant for $100 per session. While reputable doctors have done their best to minimize the damage through the years, Rajee will always live with the disfiguring effects of this decision. She’s written a book Beyond Face Value to help others coping with being an outcast.
Rajee isn’t alone. Many Botched patients went to other countries or inexperienced doctors for cheap procedures that nearly killed them or permanently damaged their faces/bodies. YOU & I ARE WORTH MORE THAN THAT.
“Don’t Risk Your Health for Others’ Amusement”
Meet Farrah Abraham from MTV’s Teen Moms fame (and a few adult movies). You probably don’t recognize her, since these photos were taken after she had an allergic reaction to a numbing agent during a lip implant procedure. By age 23, she’s had numerous procedures (two breast augmentations, cheek fillers, a chin implant, a rhinoplasty, and several lip injections, according to USMagazine.com). Farrah wound up in the ER on this one and is fortunate to have survived the ordeal undamaged. Here is a recent photo.
She’s still willing to have lip injections since “practicing can make it perfect” as she told Botched resident surgeons Dr. Dubrow and Dr. Nassif, who both grimaced at the notion she might do anything at all to her lips.
Many Botched cases are women who turned to surgery so they could be more attractive to TV cameras, or strip club patrons, or boyfriends. Their “before” pictures show beautiful women who for one reason or another were convinced that what Mother Nature gave them wasn’t good enough for a particular audience. Heidi Montag had 10 procedures in one day to help her career in 2011 at age 23, as she discusses in the ABCNews report. She has since had a breast reduction after suffering implant repercussions and continues to work in reality tv.
Before jumping to risky situations, try turning your unique attributes into strengths. Think Cindy Crawford’s mole, Barbara Streisand’s profile, Alek Wek’s skin tone, Rebel Wilson’s curves. Use wardrobe, hair and makeup to create a look that you can rock like nobody else.
Joan Rivers (RIP) said it best: “I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.”
“Know The Signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).”
Rodrigo Alves is “The Human Ken Doll.” He’s spent over $265,000 on cosmetic procedures/surgeries. The Botched doctors declined to assist him in getting back implants; he declined getting a nose job that he requested because it would require a piece from his rib that would leave a small scar. After seeing his daily routine, his continued search for the “perfect” body, and reading the classic symptoms of BDD, you’d probably agree that he’s a prime candidate. Rodrigo will always find something that needs to change but will never be fully happy with the results. See this interview:
Michael Jackson probably suffered from BDD, having at least 10-12 surgeries as reported in People Magazine. What’s interesting is that men are affected just like women are as told in this ABCNews report that interviews young BDD sufferers. There are treatments, including medication and therapy. Admitting it or pointing it out to someone could be lifesaving.Thea Wood Austin’s Signature Stylist “Because You’re Going Places”