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'Human Ken Doll' Rodrigo Alves Gets ‘Sinking’ Nose, Other Cosmetic Surgery Problems

"The human Ken doll" Rodrigo Alves already underwent 72 procedures to be like Barbie's beau and he wants more changes. But doctors are starting to warn that the series of cosmetic surgeries have been slowly damaging his body. 

The warning comes after Alves announced that he is at risk of losing his nose. Past surgeries caused infections and tissue damage. 

He said his nose started "sinking" and soon it may fully disappear, leaving a hole in his face. 

"I am scared, to be honest," Alves told the Daily Mail. He added doctors already told him to avoid additional cosmetic procedures since it may worsen his condition. 

"Ideally, you want to do the least amount of surgery that will make a patient happy," Alan Matarasso, a former president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, told Insider. "Plastic surgery is safe. It's effective. It's ubiquitous. But it's not a haircut. All of these procedures have risks."

But Alves needed new procedures to fix other complications caused by previous surgeries. 

"It used to be a want. Now it is a need," he said. 

Bad Side Of Surgical Addiction

People can develop a psychological obsession with surgical procedures for aesthetic reasons, according to Dirk Kramer, a plastic surgeon in London. The first surgery may open a "Pandora's box" because of the initial satisfaction, which may lead to unrealistic ambitions. 

There is a link between low self-esteem and surgical addiction. People may seek more surgeries to change parts of their body because cosmetic procedures only have short-term effects on positive body images and well-being, according to psychologist Charlotte Markey. 

Matarasso suggested that plastic surgeons work with psychiatrists to check the patient before surgery. He added surgeons should tell patients when to stop a series of changes in their bodies. 

Alves spent more than $750,000 for dozens of surgeries to achieve his plastic-like appearance. He may not be the only one who went under the knife for significant changes. 

Estimates show that there are nearly 23 million cosmetic surgeries conducted every year around the world. Health experts said the procedure is safe as long as properly managed. 

Rodrigo Alves human ken Rodrigo Alves walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Vox Lux' screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2018 in Venice, Italy. Maria Moratti/Contigo/Getty Images