Plastic Surgery Addiction

Plastic surgery addiction is a relatively new and little studied addiction. This addiction has only come to light in recent years, given the advancements made in cosmetic surgery. People who suffer from this addiction continually change their appearance though surgeries such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, cheek implants, chin implants, breast implants, face lifts, or even skin-color changes.

Cindy Jackson

Cindy Jackson has changed her appearance through nine major operations. She says she felt “plain looking” and noticed how well beautiful people are treated. So, she devised a plan to change her appearance based on rules of physical proportion and beauty, and has been dubbed as the “Human Barbie.”

Miles Kendall

Miles Kendall is the Ken to Cindy’s Barbie. Dissatisfied with his appearance, Miles learned of Cindy Jackson and consulted with her on changing his looks. He has had two major operations.

Though Cindy and Miles may not be diagnosed as addicts to surgery, they do illustrate the connection between body image and plastic surgery.

Jocelyn Wildenstein

Jocelyn Wildenstein has reconstructed her face through numerous procedures and even recommends it as a way to keep a husband.

Michael Jackson

Perhaps the most famous example of someone with plastic surgery addiction is Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson’s appearance has drastically changed since 1984.


Orlan is a French performance artist who uses her body as art. She has undergone surgery after surgery to transform her appearance into works of living art. Addiction or art? You decide.

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