Debating Plastic Surgery with “The Human Ken Doll”

Justin Jedlica, perhaps better known as “The Human Ken Doll,” has a reputation for pushing the limits of plastic surgery. Over a 16-year span, the 34-year-old New York native has undergone nearly 200 cosmetic procedures and 23 surgeries costing more than $220,000.

Several days after his 18th birthday, Justin went under the knife for the first time to reshape his nose, which he says always bothered him growing up. He has since received four additional rhinoplasties, a cranial brow bone shave, augmentations to his cheeks, lips, chin and buttocks, and many other surgical and nonsurgical body enhancements. Most recently, he had a high-risk surgery performed to remove three veins on his forehead that were becoming increasingly prominent.

“It’s an extension of me being creative,” Justin said during his first appearance on The Doctors in December 2012, shortly after he was featured in a 20/20 exposé on extreme plastic surgery. “I don’t see a reason for stopping,” he added. “It’s like asking Picasso not to paint. It’s like redecorating your home. Your home changes with you, right? This is my analogy.”

In his ongoing mission to perfect his body, Justin has designed custom implants for his shoulders, back, biceps and chest, and he hopes to handcraft more implants for his abs, quadriceps and calves.

Justin says he views himself as both an artist and a pioneer of male body modification. Moreover, he considers himself to be an expert in the areas of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, even though he has no formal medical training.

While Justin certainly can speak from firsthand experience, The Doctors strongly suggest that his plastic surgery knowledge is overshadowed by his willingness to repeatedly risk his life for extraneous, aesthetic reasons. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Ordon takes particular offense with the doctors who continue to operate on Justin, as he deems the excessive procedures to be immoral and unethical.

“Our job is to look out for your well-being,” Dr. Ordon says. “This many implants and fillers in your body — each one of those, and the list is over a hundred — has the potential to be seated with bacteria [and] get infected.”

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork adds, “You’re an artist, but when you start to make yourself the canvas, every single art project could kill you.”

Although Justin says he is well aware of the risks, he places great trust in his doctors. “My surgeons very much know who I am,” he says. “I’ve had years of relationships with these doctors, and these are top-notch doctors — the best of the best. The end result is one that I’m particularly happy with, and it’s something that gives me a lot of fulfillment in life.”

Justin acknowledges that he enjoys the attention his unique appearance draws; however, he adamantly denies the notion that his fixation with altering his body stems from narcissistic personality disorder or any other psychological condition. “This is a passion. This is not an addiction,” he says.

When asked if or when his obsession with plastic surgery will end, Justin says, “I think when I stop being a creative individual then I’ll want to stop creating, and this is the way that I create.”

 

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