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15 Hidden Risks Of Plastic Surgery

June 12th, 2015 - By Julia Austin
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When you really, really want something, it’s tempting to overlook the risks. You do it with your dating life (you know a guy isn’t good for you, but he is so hot), you do it with your jobs (you know your boss is a nut, but the pay is satisfying) and you might even do it with something as life changing as plastic surgery. But you can’t overlook the risks of this ever-growing trend. If you are considering altering something about yourself, here are 15 hidden risks of plastic surgery you need to know beforehand.

Is Cosmetic Surgery On The Rise Among Black Women?

June 3rd, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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We’ve all heard the horrific “pumping party” tales of women looking to get a little plump in the rump.  They’re often led by unlicensed non-professionals who inject silicone, Krazy Glue, and even cement into bodies that are forever altered.  Some women lose limbs as a result of this deplorable and illegal practice. Others, their lives. Just this week we told you about the Maryland woman who died after getting an illegal butt lift procedure done in a basement in Queens.

This is an extreme example, but it helps to exemplify the stigma long associated with cosmetic surgery in the Black community.  Not only is it perceived as dangerous (even in the hands of reputable doctors, no cosmetic surgery is 100% safe), but it is also seen as something a lot of Black women and women of color in general just don’t do.  That could explain, in small part, the underground pumping party phenomenon.

Whether it be rhinoplasty, breast implants or face-lifts, cosmetic surgery has been thought to be an impossible quest for perfection. A desire to reverse the aging process, and a quick fix confidence booster to remedy a perceived flaw.  Depending on the kind of procedure, there’s also the assumption that if you’re a Black woman going under the knife, you’re trying to erase the physical signs of your race and are therefore adhering to Eurocentric standards of beauty. These standards ignore or condemn our features, but laud them on white skin.  A little nip here and a little tuck there, especially on the face, is thought to result in an unnatural, stiff look that renders people unrecognizable. Botox and skin bleaching form separate categories of hate and shade altogether, and that’s no pun intended.

In an attempt to demystify all of these assumptions and taboos, Dr. Nia Banks, an African-American board certified plastic surgeon and owner of Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery in Lanham, Maryland, spoke to Roland Martin in a 2014 NewsOne Now interview.  According to Dr. Banks, “Most people get plastic surgery because they’re trying to get back something they already had.  They’re not trying to look like somebody else, they’re not trying to never age.”  The most common surgeries her office performs are liposuctions, tummy tucks, and breast lifts.  These are often done to repair dramatic changes incurred during pregnancy.  So while we’re used to seeing surgeries that have gone too far, the healthy way to use plastic surgery, Dr. Banks asserts, is as a means to enhance, not to be completely transformed.

“Most women don’t want a radical change,” Dr. Banks continues.  “That’s a red flag…Most women who get plastic surgery actually have a very strong self-esteem, looking to change something very specific.  If someone comes in and says, ‘I want to look like so and so,’ that’s usually a red flag, because that’s not achievable.”

But red flags don’t keep all doctors from operating on people who have had one too many procedures done. Like the late Michael Jackson, who was clearly addicted to cosmetic surgery, or Lil Kim, who could very well suffer from body dysmorphic disorder.  It’s that willingness to operate on patients, no matter the psychological cost, which helps to keep the plastic surgery taboo alive.

But it seems that things are starting to change. In fact, many celebrities have spoken openly about the work they’ve had done, including NeNe Leakes, Porsha Williams, Wendy Williams, and Kelly Rowland.  And the numbers prove it as well. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, cosmetic surgery is up six-fold since 1997. The biggest spike in plastic surgery in 2014 was butt augmentation, up a whopping 86% from the year before.  Even labiaplasty – Yep, they do that too – rose by 49%.  Here are some more staggering statistics: 15.1 million Americans had cosmetic procedures done in 2013 alone.  From 2005 to 2013, cosmetic surgeries done on African Americans increased by 56%.  And with the popularity of reality shows like Botched, Dr. 90210, and The Swan over the years, it’s easy to see why cosmetic surgery has become more commonplace, less secretive, and less taboo, both in the U.S. as a whole and particularly in the Black community.

So while the stigma is waning, the pressures that women face in our youth-driven, beauty-obsessed society are still very real. Some businesses even offer “mommy makeover” packages that promise to lift and tuck women in all the right places.

Ultimately, there are a myriad reasons why women choose to get cosmetic surgery.  Should you decide to undergo a procedure, do your research and make sure that you approach it from a sound and mentally stable place. And seek out a doctor who has worked with Black skin, as ours is more prone to keloids and scarring.  While there are more questions than answers when it comes to the psychological effects of cosmetic surgery, one thing is certain: there are no easy fixes.

Tiffany “New York” Pollard To Appear On “Botched”

April 14th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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When I think about Tiffany “New York” Pollard, I always think remember the thin, stringy-weaved, cut out, blue dress wearing reality show contestant who mooned Flavor Flav when he sent her home after bringing her back on the show for the second time.

“You brought me back here to open up the same muthf**kin wound Flav?”

But when Tiffany came back for her own show, “I Love New York,” she looked a little bit different. She had fuller hair, she’d put on a bit of weight and her boobs were bigger, a lot bigger. If you were like me, you were so distracted by her words and actions, you might not have noticed the breasts.

But in a new episode of E!’s “Botched,” she explains that they’ve caused her quite a few problems. In a teaser for the show, New York explains why she had the girls done and why she wants them fixed now.

Why she wanted them: 

I grew up in upstate New York, being the granddaughter of a minister. Life was very sheltered for me. Just pretty much church, school and home. I just never felt like I fully fit in. So I found my escape watching television and saying ‘Bitch, one day you will be somebody.

One day I was watching Geraldo Rivera and I saw Dolly Parton walk out on stage. And when I saw that White chick come out on the screen with her blonde hair, her tiny waist and her big tits, I said that’s going to be me one day.”

Why she needs them fixed now

My breasts are jacked up. The sagging, the extra skin. My breasts are unhappy…It’s like one tit is in Africa and the other one is in Europe.

From the looks of things, she’s in desperate need. Which is why plastic surgeons Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif will not only work to correct New York’s breasts, they’ll also be working to fix her deviated septum.

Watch New York explain the extent of her problems in the video below.

New York’s episode of “Botched” will air tonight at 9/8c on E!

Did You Know? Celebrity Men Who Admit To Having Plastic Surgery

March 5th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Women aren’t the only ones who get a nip and a tuck. These celebrity men who admit to having plastic surgery say they’re not ashamed to say they’ve had some work done.

“I’m Just Aiming To Be The Best”: Man Spends $250K To Look Like A Ken Doll

February 4th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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If you thought that Justin Jedlica, a man who spent $100k and endured 100 surgeries to look like Barbie’s boy toy, was just a unique case — you’re wrong! There’s a new man in town to steal his spotlight: Meet Rodrigo Alves.

Alves, a Brazilian-born Londoner, spent a whopping $250k to rearrange his face to match Ken’s good looks, The Huffington Post reports. The 31-year-old flight attendant flew to Colombia to get the six-in-one surgery, which included eye enlargement and a procedure to snip his mouth to make his smile bigger. Though he admits that it was a lengthy process, this won’t be his last under-the-knife experience:

“It is long-term maintenance. Once you start, it is difficult to stop. Naturally, I’m a perfectionist. It’s like a snowball effect and I’m not going to stop. It doesn’t define the man that I am – I’m much more than silicone and cosmetic surgery – but once you get started it’s difficult to stop,” he told the Daily Mail.

Alves said that he understands that he’s far from being flawless, but he aims to be close to it:

“I’m pretty aware that I’m far from perfection,” he said. “I’m not deluded, and I know that I’m not the most good-looking guy. I’m just aiming to be the best that I can possibly be.” Adding: “I really believe that everything that I’ve done to myself is an investment … It is who I am.”

The air steward appeared on the UK Channel 4 series Bodyshockers, where he sought therapy to treat his with plastic surgery:

“I haven’t yet found an answer to my addiction. It’s just so difficult to control. The fact I nearly died has made me think twice, but on the third time I always think: ‘Just go for it,” he said, according to SWNS.

Last January he traveled to Brazil where a doctor injected a gel into his arms to make them look buff. The injection, however, left him paralyzed. Doctors even suggested amputating his limbs if the bacteria had spread into his heart. If that had happened, he would have been dead. Luckily for him, he recovered.

Diagnosed with body dysmorphia, Alves added:  “I can’t say I won’t have any more surgery, because I probably will.”

Alves has been going under the knife since 2004.

Bruh: Man Spends $150,000 On Cosmetic Procedures To Look Like Kim Kardashian…

December 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Of all the things to spend $150,000 on, a 23-year-old British make-up artist has gone to great lengths to look just like Kim Kardashian. Jordan James Parke has gone through a long list of cosmetic procedures in order to look like the reality star, whom he said he came to admire after watching “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” He told the Sun that she is perfection:

“I love everything about Kim. She’s the most gorgeous woman ever. Her skin is perfect, her hair, everything about her.”

He has had just about everything done, including 50 cosmetic procedures ranging from Botox, lip and cheek fillers, laser hair removal and as you can probably tell, some intense eyebrow tattoos.

And when you make decisions like this in an attempt to look like someone else, you’re going to get a great deal of detractors. But the makeup artist says he’s not worried about it.

“I laugh when people try to insult me by telling me I look plastic or fake. Do they think I’m going for the natural look? If I was, I’d ask for my money back.”

And on his Instagram page, in between the pictures of his designer bags and clothing and the pictures of Kardashian, he often uses the hashtag #plasticpositive to remind folks that he doesn’t care.

Hey, people are free to spend their money how they like, but I’m stuck on the amount of filler in these lips, Lord have mercy…


Does he look any closer to Kim?

“Same People Saying This ‘She Was Prettier Before’ Crap Are The People That Said I Was A Tranny”: Dawn Richard Addresses Plastic Surgery Rumors

December 12th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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For more than a year now, people have been saying that something looks a bit different about former Danity Kane member, Dawn Richard. Even we’ve said it before. And while she looks amazing, it has become clear as time has passed and her Instagram pictures have multiplied that either she has the best makeup artist ever, or Richard’s had some work done. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly she changed (some people say she did something to her nose, but there is something else different about her that we can’t put our finger on…), but it’s something her fans have repeatedly questioned her about on her own social media page after seeing pics like this:

A photo posted by DAWN / NEON (@dawnrichard) on

A photo posted by DAWN / NEON (@dawnrichard) on

A photo posted by DAWN / NEON (@dawnrichard) on

“Does anyone actually know what dawn really looks like? I’m confused as hell.”   “Wtf she do to herself??!?” Smh”   “Smh. This is a dope image, but this is not you.”   “Literally looks different in every picture.” Despite what people have said or noticed, Richard didn’t respond or share anything about her changing look. But after more than a year of people wondering and going on every picture she posts to give her grief about her appearance, Richard decided to finally say something. She didn’t confirm that she had anything done, nor did she deny it. She just said this:  


I personally thought that she looked good before, and she looks good now. But I will say that it’s interesting when people in the public eye change their look and then act like nobody is supposed to notice. Just saying! But at the end of the day, she looks great, and musically, she’s killing it. The singer’s new album, Blackheart, is dropping on January 15.

Selfies Create Boost In U.S. Plastic Surgery & New Emerging Economy

December 3rd, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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As America goes selfie crazy, people are taking a second — and third — look at themselves and deciding they need more than a little Photoshopping. There has been an increase in plastic surgery as people look to improve their image in selfies. Others are hiring specialized make-up artists for selfie makeovers. All of this personal appearance approval is creating a selfie economy.

“Plastic surgeons in United States have seen a surge in demand for procedures ranging from eye-lid lifts to rhinoplasty, popularly known as a nose job, from patients seeking to improve their image in selfies and on social media,” reports The Chicago Tribune.

According to a poll by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) of 2,700 of its members, one in three had seen a boost in requests for procedures due to patients being more aware of their image in social media. There has been a 10 percent rise in rhinoplasty in 2013 over 2012, a seven percent increase in hair transplants and six percent jump in eyelid surgery.

“There has been a 25 percent increase over the past year and a half to two years. That is very significant,” Dr. Sam Rizk, a plastic surgeon, said about his Manhattan practice.

“They come in with their iPhones and show me pictures,” Rizk added. “Selfies are just getting to be so crazy.”

10 Popular Cosmetic Procedures & Their Costs

November 11th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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How far would you be willing to go to have the perfect body–or one that is as close to perfection as possible? In 2013 alone, Americans spent over $12 billion on surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

The new Moguldom Studios documentary Knifed Up takes a look at our society’s endless desire to have the perfect appearance and shape. Some of us are willing to risk our lives by getting procedures done on the black market just to save some money. When and where do we draw the line–or do we just leave that up to the surgeon? Here’s a look at popular cosmetic procedures and their costs.

Light And Free: Woman Undergoes Surgery To Reduce 36NNN Breasts

November 7th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: ABC 13

Most of us love boobs. They’re soft, a source of nourishment for the babies and sexual pleasure for us and the mens. They’re pretty awesome. But you know too much of a good thing is not always so great.

Enter Kerisha Mark who suffered from a medical condition that caused her breasts to naturally grow to a 36NNN bust size. And along with those breasts, came issues of physical pain, hardships and embarrassment when strangers would ask to touch them to see if they were real.

After much prayer, the 40-year-old wife and mother decided that it was time for her to make a change. That led her to Houston’s most renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose who said Kerisha’s case was the worst he’s seen in 30 years.

Kerisha celebrated her birthday with the operation.

“I was like happy birthday to me.”

Kerisha sees the reduction as an opportunity for her to start a new life. She finally wants to be known as the woman she is, wife, mother and school social worker and not her chest which have attracted stares and whispers since she was in high school.

“My first time at boot camp, I did a jumping jack and my bra snapped,” Kerisha told Houston’s ABC affiliate.

And the troubles didn’t end there. As she got older the inconveniences grew along with her bust. “I started to have really bad headaches.”

Kerisha suffers from a medical condition called Gigantomastia, where girls as young as 14 can experience overgrowth.

Dr. Rose thinks Kerisha made the right decision by deciding to have the reduction, naturally.

“Nobody could support this additional weight. She would have ended up almost a hunchback given 30 more years.”

After three hours of surgery, Dr. Rose removed 15 pounds of breast tissue.

Kerisha said, “The first time my best friend saw me, she cried. When I stood up for the first time I felt so light.”

But it wasn’t exactly all smooth sailing from there.

“After I got home, I did cry. It was like I mourned the death of them, it was like a divorce.”

And just like a woman having come through a bad relationship, Kerisha felt like a new woman. After the reduction, she was able to shop for a new wardrobe and wear a swimsuit for the first time.

She said the first thing on her agenda was to “purchase a beautiful bra and second is to buy a strapless dress.”

But most importantly, she looks forward to the improved quality of life and plans to live her life “to the fullest without restrictions.”

You can watch Kerisha’s story in the video below.