Hailing from Sao Paolo, Brazil, Rodrigo Alves shot to tabloid fame in 2014 after revealing he had undergone over 42 procedures in an attempt to look more like Barbie’s famous companion, Ken. The 33-year-old flight attendant, who now lives in London, has splashed out over £350,000 on cosmetic surgery procedures in the past 15 years. In his quest to achieve the perfect body, he has undergone hair transplants, chin, bum and ab implants, rhinoplasty, liposuction, fillers and botox.
His latest rhinoplasty procedure landed him in the hospital with necrosis, a condition where the skin begins to die and succumbs to infection because of a lack of blood supply. While this is uncommon with regular rhinoplasty procedures, this was Alves’ sixth procedure, which is likely the cause of the complications. Alves had to undergo an emergency 10-hour reconstructive procedure which cost over £40,000. After his sixth rhinoplasty procedure rejected, his has vowed his seventh would be his last. If left untreated, necrosis can lead to further loss of tissue, blood poisoning and gangrene.
Despite his decision to move away from cosmetic procedures in future, he is still planning to continue with non-invasive procedures such as fillers, botox and Coolsculpting, a non-invasive version of liposuction. He has since insured his body for £1 million in case he needs further emergency surgery, and has decided he will only undergo surgery if it is medically necessary.
Anyone undergoing rhinoplasty should be aware that complications of this nature are extremely rare, but it is not without risk. Complications from rhinoplasty surgery include bleeding, scarring, infection, deformity or septal perforation, where a tear appears in the lining of the septum. If you are concerned about a medical complication or want to make a cosmetic surgery negligence claim, get in touch with one of our specialist team today.