Bodyshockers: My Piercing Hell

Katie Piper and EmilyThe second part of the Bodyshocker’s documentary series was based upon body piercings and plastic surgery elements, Emily shown above as you can see is a piercing fan, with numerous piercings such as snakebites, smiley and a stretched septum you could say its an addiction however this former metal fan wants times reversed after a night out found her ear lob was snapped by a random passer-by.

Ear stretching has became popular in recent years and isn’t uncommon amongst teenagers, however there are dangers to over-stretching your ears like Emily found, her stretched lobes were referred to as the size of ‘coke cans’. Ear elasticity can go back to it’s natural size if you stretch it to around size 12 or below, again it depends on the individuals elasticity.  In Emily’s case she had to have her ear lobes sewn back up, surprisingly though the results were really well, I was surprised at how normal her ears actually looked after the surgery, she also had laser surgery on unwanted tattoos.

My Piercing Hell JodieBeautician Jodie is also a piercing addict, with numerous piercings across her face and body she has no plans on stopping, she tells us that it’s the attention she craves when sporting a new piercing. Attention is not the right reason to get a piercing or a tattoo as you can regret it which a lot of the people on this programme has done. Jodie is on the programme because she wants a ‘Dermal Punch’ piercing, for those of you that don’t know of this procedure then its basically having a hole punched in your ear and fitted with a tunnel like ones you can get for ear stretchers, the piercers who do Jodie’s piercings actually describe the tool as a ‘apple corer but on a smaller scale’  now doesn’t that just sound delightful?

Dermal Punch ToolDermal Punches can be made in different sizes as shown with the image above, however it cannot be reversed so if you ever think of getting one then take careful consideration instead of getting it on a whim. If you see the programme then it will most likely put you off because it wasn’t the easiest thing to watch.

Dimple Surgery CherelleThe final shock I will leave you with is Cherelle who had ‘Dimpleplasty’ surgery which created rather large dimples in her face which was made with flesh which was cut away, she told Katie she is a huge fan of dimples especially on stars such as Cheryl Cole, the procedure took a total of 20 minutes and cost £3000. In a crazy bid to look beautiful has it really came to having flesh cut from your face in order to feel confident? Yes dimples can look cute but if you aren’t born with them naturally would you really pay £3000 to have holes put in your face?

Again the series is available on 4OD and is well worth a watch.

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Niccole Sisters: Walking Advertisements For Dad’s Surgery

Brittani and Charm Niccole adopted daughters of plastic surgeon Dr Michael Niccole have both had procedures done by their dad, the girls in their twenty’s have both had boob jobs and regular have Botox jabs and chemical peels in order to keep their skin looking youthful. At such a young age would they really need all these skin smoothing procedures? or is it just a case of using a short cut because their dad will happily operate on them? 

Charm’s first surgery came at a shocking age of 10, her belly button was re-shaped from an outie to an innie, at age 10 should it really matter what your belly button looks like? Personally I wasn’t aware that such a procedure existed but does 10 sound like a safe age to have it done? I personally don’t think so.  She also has Botox jabs to stop her sweating, this is fair enough if she has a condition that causes excess sweating but it cant be determined if this is the case.

Sister Brittani had her boob job at the legal age of 18 and claims it was the best day of her life, at 21 she also had a nose job, shouldn’t her parents have told her when she was growing up to be comfortable in her own skin? Penny her mother has always been against the procedures but has always backed down after constant begging.

It’s understandable that in the USA  body image seems a top priority but more should have been done to prevent the girls from wanting so much surgery, plastic surgery addiction isn’t uncommon and with all their ‘youthful’ treatments it seems they aren’t far off addiction.  When questioned about his work on the girls he simply defines it as ‘maintenance’ it hardly seems surprising then that he is happy enough to continue working on them.

Are the girls just a walking advertisement for their fathers work? In some ways yes, yes they are but it’s a choice they’ve made and if they decide one day to stop having surgery then I hope their dad will be fine with it rather than potentially using them as a way to showcase his work and gain more clients.  

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Beauty Perception: Global Cosmetic Trends

Beauty on a whole cannot be avoided, different cultures and countries have an idealistic vision of what is deemed as beautiful and perfect. Some countries are offering surgery which is taking body image to a whole new level, what would be the extent of your beauty regime?

Bizarre Beauty

Believe it or not in China a sign of success can be shown by your height, the average height of females is 5ft, 2ins but what does that have to do with beauty? Well locals are putting their selves through surgery to lengthen their height, a painful measure to be perceived as successful.

Leg surgeryThe process involves the individuals legs being broken and then stretched on a rack, it involves pins being screwed into the flesh and being held into place until the desired length is achieved. Is something that sounds so painful and looks it really worth the trouble, what would happen if a trend was put into place where being small was beautiful?

If you thought that was bad in South Korea a procedure can be undertook for your jaw to be reshaped, again this involves the bones being broken and in some cases the bone can be shaven, a dangerous trend that is populating around South Korea so women can have more petite and feminine looking faces.  

In Japan nose implants in the form of dermal fillers are being placed in those that want to achieve a larger looking nose, now I’ve heard of nose reductions but making them larger seems strange to me, the dermal fillers can also be placed in the chin.

skin-whitening-cream-2In Thailand if you have light skin then you are considered to be rich as you haven’t been working in the sun all day, because of this status an increase of skin lightening cream has increased in sales. “A survey carried out by the British Skin Foundation found that 16% of
dermatologists believe lightening creams are ‘completely unsafe’ and 80% feel
they are only safe when prescribed by a dermatologist”

buttock_implant_placementsThe Large Bum Trend

Bum Implants aren’t out of the ordinary, curvier women are considered sexier in some cultures, famously known as ‘The Brazilian Butt lift’ it is becoming more popular in the UK, another dangerous surgery as reported it can kill you if not done correctly, previous stories have included the implants leaking which has gotten into the bloodstream and caused heart failure.

Stranger methods are in order in Jamaica, in a society where having a curvy body and larger bum is essential women are being driven to achieve the look by consuming “chicken” pills, this is usually something a farmer gives to their chickens in order for them to gain weight, should it really be for human consumption? However in India women are taking steroid pills in order to get larger, surely steroids is a bad idea and are harmful to the body and not worth the risk.

Overview

Whilst cosmetic surgery isn’t out of the ordinary anymore and is increasingly becoming more common, there are in fact 27,730 plastic surgeons are operating around the world, the perception of beauty isn’t reliable and can change quicker than expected so is putting your health at risk to fit the norm really worth it? Cosmetic surgery may seem like a quick fix but can hazard all sorts of risks especially if a reputable surgeon hasn’t done the procedure. People all over the world should enjoy their bodies and embrace what they have, why should it matter if you aren’t as tall as you want to be? So what if you don’t have a large bum it shouldn’t matter what we look like so long as we are confident in our own skin.

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