Nose job infection eats away Brazilian model's nose
BRAZILIAN model Rodrigo Alves, an endeavouring "Human Ken" wannabe, was hospitalised earlier this month for skin necrosis after going under the knife for a nose job.
The condition causes new tissue flesh to die, causing blood clots and disrupting blood circulation.
The 32-year-old contracted necrosis after his latest cosmetic procedure to sculpt and trim his nose. He has had 42 surgical procedures since 2004.
"A horrible hole has appeared in my nostril and the infection is eating my nose and I've been warned if it is not stopped, it could eat into my face," Alves told English tabloid The Daily Mail two weeks ago.
Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, he currently lives in London but was warded while in Malaga, Spain.
Alves blamed the humid and misty weather in Spain for the infection. "It's very hot and dusty here (in Spain) and I wonder whether this might have set the infection off," he said.
The Brazilian model is no stranger to perilous surgery, such as abdominal implants and pectoral implants, to turn himself into a real-life doll.
He paid for the procedures with his grandparents' inheritance, his airline job and rental income, splurging nearly £305,000 (S$599,000) on his 42 "life-threatening" operations.
Alves is not the only person obsessed with the perfect features of the popular Mattel male doll. Another "Human Ken", American Justin Jedlica, has splashed out more than US$150,000 (S$202,000) on plastic surgery.
THE PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK