Cosmetic surgery has been around for decades and even with a recession, plastic surgery has remained a very strong industry with $11 billion in revenues in 2012 alone. This statistic has surprised many industry experts and observers but it remains apparent that plastic surgery can be considered by some people as a necessity. Most people can admit they have pondered at one time about having some type of cosmetic procedure done.
Plastic surgery is more popular now than ever before. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were a total of 10 million procedures done in 2012, 17% of which were surgical. As more non-invasive procedures are developed, it is expected that the number of surgical procedures performed per year will continue to decrease.
For some people, cosmetic surgery has become an addiction. You’ll be now hard pressed to find someone who’s only had one surgery and has no plans of having more work done on their faces or bodies in the future. Reasons for having plastic surgery done are as vast and complex as the personalities of the people who go under the knife – some want to look like their celebrity idols while others do it to address insecurities with their physical appearances.
Despite the risks that cosmetic surgery poses, thousands of men and women all over the world believe that the benefits outweigh these risks and go for the surgeries anyway. Thankfully, there are now higher standards for cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery is safer now more than ever before. It’s still advisable for people thinking about getting a procedure done to only use reputable, licensed doctors.
Even as more non-invasive procedures and techniques are being developed, there are still those who would rather go under the knife to get more lasting results. Unfortunately, addiction to cosmetic surgery is a very real problem and this list features the 10 people from all over the world who has spent tons of money and have stories that you may be very interested to learn.
11 Myla Sinanaj: Spent $30,000 to look like Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world, which makes it no surprise that women of all ages want to look like her. Most girls will try to mimic outfits and hairstyles, unlike Myla Sinanaj who takes her admiration a step further by undergoing multiple cosmetic procedures to copy the reality star’s body.
Myla had breast augmentation, liposuction and lip injections to look more like Kim, though whether she has achieved her goal is still up for debate. The similarities don’t end with the physical. Myla dated Kim’s ex-husband and also released a sex tape titled “The Anti-Kim Kardashian”. She has plans of entering show business though she would rather be a TV host than a reality star.
10 Lisa Connell: Spent $64,000 to look like Demi Moore after being diagnosed with cancer
Lisa Connell was diagnosed in 2006 with terminal cancer after doctors discovered a malignant brain tumor. Instead of spending her life savings crossing out as many bucket list items as she could, she chose to spend it on a number of cosmetic surgery procedures to look like her idol, Demi Moore.
When Demi Moore got wind of Lisa’s intentions, she personally pleaded for her to not undergo the procedures. Nevertheless, Lisa was determined to “die beautiful” and went through the surgery anyways. Now 2013 Connell is a fundraiser and spokesperson for Brain Cancer Awareness and a non-profit group she founded called B Inspired Beauty. Despite opinions on her choice to have surgery, Connell has managed to raise a large sum of money and awareness for her cause. Her story is unique and very powerful, inspirational to say the least.
9 Jenny Lee: Spent $80,000 to satisfy her plastic surgery addiction
Jenny Lee gained infamy when she appeared on Oprah in 2004 to discuss her addiction to cosmetic surgery. By then, Jenny already had over 25 procedures done and she confessed to having self-esteem issues that led her to undergo extreme physical modifications.
After her appearance on Oprah, Jenny underwent 33 more surgeries including a circumferential body lift and her fourth rhinoplasty. According to a follow-up interview she did with Oprah, she had to stop with pursuing cosmetic surgery after she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia which can cause weight gain as a side effect.
She has since learned to appreciate her body more without having to make any more surgical changes to her appearances though she admits that she’s still unhappy with what she sees when she looks into a mirror. Her fibromyalgia causes her to be in constant pain and her condition might put her off plastic surgery for a while.
8 Toby Sheldon: Spent $100,000 to look like Justin Bieber
Toby Sheldon is 33 years old and he is proof that Justin Bieber’s appeal has no age limit. He takes his fanaticism beyond buying Justin’s albums or watching his concerts; Toby has spent close to $100,000 to look just like his idol.
A self-described songwriter living in Los Angeles, Toby admits to being scared of aging and it’s this fear that has pushed towards cosmetic procedures. He had considerable work done on his eyelids, noting that he was unable to open his eyes for a week after that procedure. He has had hair transplants and he recently underwent a “smile procedure” which involved having a “lift” on his upper lip and his lower lip plumped.
The smile procedure cost him $15,000 but he says its money well worth it. Toby loves his youthful look and claims that he gets hundreds of compliments from friends, and to his inner circle, he’s known as Toby Bieber.
7 Allanah Starr: Spent $100,000 to become a woman
Allanah Starr is the only person on this list who includes sex reassignment surgery to her list of procedures done. Allanah is a professional adult film star, escort, actress, model and performance artist. She has undergone over 300 surgeries and non-invasive procedures in her quest to look more like a female.
She’s had six nose jobs, four breast implants, silicon injections in multiple body parts, a chin implant, liposuction in multiple body parts, a brow lift, a face lift, chin and jaw reductions, Adams apple filling and some eyelid work to name a few.
Her surgeries may have worked to her favor though as she has won numerous awards as a transsexual adult film artist and a party promoter. She has starred in over 20 adult films.
6 Justin Jedlica: Spent over $100,000 to become a living Ken doll
If women have Barbie as their standard of beauty, then men may very well use her partner Ken as their yardstick.
That’s exactly what Justin Jedlica did. Raised in a low-income, strict Catholic family, he rebuffed gender stereotypes that were expected of boys growing up in that type of household. Instead of being into cars and sports, Justin was more enamored with luxury, aesthetics and the celebrity life.
Justin had his first cosmetic procedure (as nose job) when he was 18. Since then, he’s had over 120 surgeries which include pectoral and bicep implants, four more nose jobs and lip, cheeks, chin and butt augmentation. He considers plastic surgery as his creative outlet with him being both the artist and the work of art.
He is now 32 years old and works as a consultant who gives clients first-hand information about cosmetic surgery procedures and refers them to the best doctors.
5 Vanilla Chamu: Spent $100,000 (and counting) to look like a French doll
Cosmetic surgery is rising in popularity in East Asia, especially in countries like South Korea, China and Japan. It comes as no surprise that there will be at least one Asian in this list.
Vanilla Chamu is a Japanese model who wants to look like a French doll. To achieve her goal, Vanilla has undergone over 30 surgeries and she has no plans of stopping there. She has done several popular procedures among young Asian women like double eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty in order to look more Western. Aside from those, she’s also had liposuction, breast enlargement, eyelash implants and dimple creation.
You can find videos of her undergoing some procedures in YouTube but be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart. She plans on getting another breast implant and height lengthening surgery in the near future.
4 Nileen Namita: Spent $322,000 to look like Queen Nefertiti
Most people on this list went under the knife to look like their favorite celebrity or their favorite plastic glam girl Barbie. Nileen Namita on the other hand, endured 51 cosmetic surgery procedures to look like Queen Nefertiti, one of the ancient world’s most stunning and powerful women.
Nileen has spent over $300,000 to achieve Queen Nefertiti’s looks based on surviving busts and artists’ renditions of her appearance. Nileen has had eight nose jobs, five eye surgeries, three face lifts, six mini facelifts, an eyebrow lift, three chin implants and 20 more minor fixes.
According to Nileen, she found out that she was Queen Nefertiti in her past life when she was 23. Her first procedure was done when she was 27 years old and at 53, she has no plans of stopping in transforming herself into the “Beauty of the Nile”.
3 Valeria Lukyanova: Spent over $800,000 to look like Barbie
Plastic fantastic Barbie is considered by many as the ultimate standard in beauty; it is no surprise then that thousands of women all over the world want to look and live like her. If there’s one woman in the world who gets the most votes for looking the most like Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova would definitely be the top nominee.
Not only does Valeria dress like Barbie, she also had numerous cosmetic procedures done to look exactly like her plastic idol. She even comes close to Barbie’s human proportions. With ivory skin, a high-bridged nose, round doe eyes and near flawless porcelain skin, Valeria shows off her best Barbie renditions on her website and YouTube videos.
The Ukrainian knockout is now 28 years old and though she only admits to undergoing a breast enlargement procedure, a side by side photo of her before she gained notoriety as being the “human Barbie” shows that she’s had work done on her lips, cheeks, eyelids, chin and nose. Cosmetic surgery experts estimate the total cost of her procedures to reach up to $800,000.
2 Sarah Burge: Spent over $850,000 on surgeries
Sarah Burge was a former Playboy bunny and like millions of little girls and women in the world, she wants to look like Barbie.
Burge has made headlines for many reasons over the years, back in the mid 2000’s she was convicted of fraud when she made false statements in order to receive government support. She had illegally claimed around $4,000 under housing tax benefits when she in fact used the amount for buttock surgery to have her bottom resemble that of singer Kylie Minogue.
She has gone under the knife for a long list of cosmetic procedures that include rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, liposuction, butt lifts, an eyelid lift, tummy tuck, and breast enhancement.
Now 53 years old, she made headlines in 2011 when news broke that she gave her then seven year old daughter a $9,700 voucher for a breast augmentation procedure for her birthday and a $11,300 voucher for liposuction for Christmas. Thankfully, her daughter Poppy will only be allowed to redeem the vouchers when she turns 18! Without a doubt she deserves the rank high on our list.
1 Jocelyn Wildenstein: Spent over $4 million to look younger
The name may not be familiar with you but if you spend a lot of time surfing the web, there’s a 90% chance that you’re familiar with her face. Jocelyn Wildenstein aka Catwoman is a New York socialite formerly married to a prominent art dealer from the Wildenstein family.
After discovering that her husband has been cheating on her with a young Russian in their own home, Jocelyn set out to improve her appearance to appear more cat-like because her husband loves big cats. Her husband, Alec Wildenstein eventually divorced her despite the gesture.
Jocelyn has had over a hundred procedures done to her face and the $4 million that she spent for cosmetic surgery mostly came from alimony payments from her ex-husband. During the divorce proceedings, the judge actually had to stipulate that alimony payments can no longer be used to pay for her cosmetic procedures.
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