In today's day and age, it's pretty easy to alter and tweak your appearance.
Because of their easy accessibility, cosmetic procedures are booming and, of course, there are always those who take their love for plastic surgery a little too far.
Rodrigo Alves, known more commonly as "The Human Ken Doll," has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars redesigning his entire face and body using cosmetic surgery. The Brazillian native was always unhappy and uncomfortable in his own skin and is convinced that he was born in the wrong body.
And now, Rodrigo has opened up about his youth and has shared photos of what he looked like before he ever went under the knife... and he is simply unrecognizable.
Keep scrolling to see the photos and to hear the heartbreaking reasoning behind his extreme makeover.
Rodrigo Alves - The Human Ken doll.
Disney initially inspired Rodrigo's look.explained, "I have always been a very creative person, I grew up watching Disney movies and I wanted to look like a prince when I was a child." And from this vision, the Human Ken Doll was born.
This unique look has given him international fame.
He has appeared on a variety of reality TV shows...
Yet, despite his outlandish behavior...
He was only seventeen when he underwent his first cosmetic procedure.The Sun, he said: "My first plastic surgery was at the age of 17 when I was diagnosed with gynecomastia, the growth of male breast and chest tissue."
Tissue from his breasts was removed.
However, his cosmetic journey didn't get off to the best start...university, he received a couple of botched jobs. "While I was a student, I had my first few surgeries but with poor results. I was very young and I would just find surgeons online and go to the most expensive ones in Harley Street."
He went under the knife several more times to perfect his look.And he learned how to source professional and effective cosmetic surgeons. "This taught me that expensive doesn't mean good quality," he explained, "And that what makes a good surgeon is the practice." Rodrigo has since had a total of ten procedures... on his nose alone.
And once he had started, he couldn't stop.
He even had artificial abs implanted.
Rodrigo got his dream body virtually overnight.Though he is the first to admit that his muscles are somewhat deceiving. Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said, "People say to me that I look so fit, but darling, my abs are fake. I have silicone implants. My arms are fake and full of filler."
However, this glamorous image holds a dark secret.
Rodrigo has suffered from insecurities about his appearance since he was a child.He was picked on tirelessly by his peers, who mocked his “boobs" and pelted him with jibes about his weight and figure. On top of all of that, he was targeted for his “big nose" and was subsequently nicknamed “potato nose" and “jelly belly."
He recently opened up about his childhood traumas.
via: Youtube“I do not like to focus on the past because it makes me upset," he said, speaking on the British TV show, Loose Women, last August. He also claimed that he had been “pushed down the stairs and had my face pushed against the wall." “Growing up I felt alone as nobody wanted to be friends with me. Because of my body image and the fact that I was shy, I avoided social situations."