"The Human Ken Doll
How far is too far when it comes to correcting a body part you don’t like? Meet Justin Jedlica, a 32-year-old man who has undergone 90 cosmetic procedures, totaling approximately $100,000.
“I’ve always been into plastic surgery, just because it’s an extension of me being creative,” Justin says.
“I don’t think I’d ever be done. I don’t see a reason for stopping,” he continues. “It’s like asking Picasso not to paint.”
Justin joins The Doctors to discuss his outlook on body image and reveals what attracted him to cosmetic surgery.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon fears that if Justin continues to undergo cosmetic procedures, he runs the risk of starting to look unnatural, or be left with severe deformities that will be difficult or impossible to fix.
“I’m not done,” Justin states. “I will continue to change myself. It’s like redecorating your home. Your house changes with you, right? This is my analogy,” he says. “My ideal of beauty has changed from when I was 18 versus now, when I’m 32.”
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Lipo Leg Makeover
Jill, 45, is a single mother who has always been self-conscious about her legs. She despises their dimpled, lumpy appearance and shapeless form to the point where pool parties trigger panic attacks. Besides avoiding swimwear altogether, Jill is extra cautious with all of her wardrobe selections.
“The clothes that I generally wear are long skirts, long dresses,” she says. “I will never wear a short skirt; the skirt has to hit below my knee.”
With her son’s Bar Mitzvah approaching, Jill wants to look her best for the event, and visits Dr. Ordon for a solution. Watch as Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra perform an ultrasonic technique called vaser tumescent liposuction to melt and remove excess fat and contour Jill’s legs.
Jill joins the show to show off her newly-sculpted legs and Dr. Ordon addresses her post-operative questions.
“As long as you maintain a stable weight, those fat cells are gone,” Dr. Ordon explains.
Deena, 29, is generally happy with every part of her body, with the exception of her armpits. When she was a teenager, she developed multiple epidermal bumps and darkened pigmentation under her arms. These razor bumps, medically referred to as pseudo folliculitis barbae, tend to occur after shaving, when hair follicles curl back on themselves and grow into the skin. After coping with the unsightly condition for years, Deena is ready for a cosmetic fix.
Deena visits the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic for an all-natural, topical treatment to improve the color and texture of her underarm skin. Plus, Dr. Ordon demonstrates how to perform a four-step armpit “facial” at home.
The Doctors’ props master, Robert, also suffers from an annoying armpit condition – a skin tag. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu explains that skin tags are benign growths but can be irritating and cosmetically bothersome. She adds that skin tags under the arms are relatively common, as they are typically caused by friction from skin-on-skin or skin-on-clothing contact. Other common areas for skin tags to develop are between the thighs and around the neck or eyelids.
Dr. Ordon adds that not all skin growths are tags, which is why it’s important to consult a specialist and to never attempt to remove one at home. Watch as Dr. Chiu excises Robert’s skin tag.
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Upper Lip Plumping Procedure
Mary, 59, says she's always been self-conscious about her thin lips. She has tried different lipsticks, liners and topical treatments to plump up their appearance but nothing has created her desired effect. Dr. Ordon and Dr. Chopra demonstrate a two-part procedure of Botox injections to mask fine lines followed by hyaluronic acid injections to add volume.
Watch as Dr. Chopra puts the finishing touches on Mary’s upper lip for a more youthful, defined and luscious look. The results of the plumping procedure typically last between three to six months.
Color Where It Counts
Size aside, ever wonder what women prefer when it comes to the appearance of men’s nether regions? The Doctors hits the streets to find out what women think about men graying below the belt.
Learn how to create a “package” deal with Below the Belt (BTB), a mild, powder-based dye that is specifically-formulated for the coloring of gray hair in the male pubic region. Unlike harsher dye solutions, which can cause skin irritation, BTB’s formula consists of some of the mildest ingredients available in the cosmetic industry. Though marketed more towards men, BTB can also be used for women, as well.
Living with Crohn’s Disease
Actor Ken Baumann is best known as the star of the hit show The Secret Life of an American Teenager. When Ken was 12 years old, he experienced the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a serious inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. His symptoms subsided for about a decade but suddenly returned in early 2012. Ken was diagnosed with a bowel infection and was hospitalized for two weeks. He underwent a small bowel resection and had a significant portion of his colon removed in the process; however, six weeks later, Ken was back at work on the set.
Ken joins the show to discuss the chronic illness that almost took his life.
“Luckily, since the resection and since being on the medication I’m currently on, I’ve been in remission, but I definitely now have that looming question mark in the future of will I flare up again?” Ken says. “I know that’s a possibility but at the same time, I feel very lucky having this disease because it’s made me realize that I’ve got one shot and I have to pay attention to my body and my health.”
“Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease, and essentially your body’s own immune system attacks your GI tract, primarily your small and large intestines,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains.
Audience member Christine has also suffered from Crohn’s disease for the past 10 years, and has a familial history with the illness. She asks Ken’s gastroenterologist, Dr. Theodore Stein, about whether there is a genetic link for developing Crohn’s disease.
Dr. Stein explains that research has shown that genetics plays a part in passing Crohn’s disease on to future generations, with chances ranging from 5 to 20 percent.
“The real hope and prayer for us in our research is can we identify kids before they actually present with Crohn’s disease and try to prevent that disease from developing,” Dr. Stein says.
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