By Josh Saunders
Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves has undergone his 11th nose surgery to repair damage so severe it was compared to a ‘car crash’.
The Brazilian-born star, 35, hopes to be able to breathe again after going under the knife yesterday [JAN 23] for six hours to remove fibrosis and fix the cartilage in his nostrils.
Rodrigo was teased since childhood about the size and shape of his nose at the age of 14 – revealing he was called ‘potato nose’ which led him to long to start plastic surgery.
In his quest to construct perfection he has since undergone a staggering 11 operations hoping to alter his nose, on the way battling deadly necrosis, infections and breathing difficulties.
His former ‘car crash’ nose will take seven days to heal but it is hoped he will then no longer be congested or struggle for air.
The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant also had his square implant removed which was found to have leaked in favour of a smaller one to create diamond shape jawline.
Travelling to Persian Beauty in Tehran, Iran, this was his 69th surgery, which have cost more than £600,000 in total and saw him alter nearly every part of his body.
Rodrigo said: “The surgeons promised that I will now be able to breathe and that the shape of my nose has been improved a lot.
“He also said that my nose was destroyed inside, it was if I had suffered a car crash.
“Since when I was a kid my nose was always the part of my body that I hated the most, people would call me ‘potato nose’ and tease me for it.
“At the age of 14, I would tape my nose when going out and to school hoping that my nose would change its shape and I would be taunted less.
“I knew that plastic surgery was available, but I was far too young for it therefore I had to wait until I was 19.
“For more than half of my life I have been on a battle to achieve the perfect looking nose and also being able to breathe well.
“I have had nose jobs in London, São Paulo, Bogota, Los Angeles, Berlin and now Tehran, this was my 11th attempt at the age of 35.
“In the past I had necrosis and infections also surgeons made a few mistakes compromising my breathing.
“Iran is the country in the world that most perform nose jobs and I believe that practice makes it perfect.”
Rodrigo was relieved that Dr. Shahriar Ilkhani from Parisian Beauty was able to fix his nostrils without needing extract cartilage from his rib cage.
His recovery is expected to take a week, during which he will go inside a hyperbaric oxygen tank for treatment and more.
Rodrigo said: “Right now I’m very bruised and swollen with tampons inside my nose.
“In order to heal best I am taking all the medication, eating veg and fruits and doing lots of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“I will also have vitamin K injections, being drinking lots of pineapple juice alongside all the medication prescribed.”
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is typically reserved for diabetics to help speed up their recoveries and to treat divers overcoming decompression sickness.
When inside the tank, the air pressure is ramped up three times higher than normal – allowing the lungs to take in more oxygen.
This helps the body to fight off bacteria and promotes stem cell production, allowing it to heal quicker.
Rodrigo said: “Nobody has this therapy after a facelift, it’s recommended for people with diabetes who have a deficiency for healing.
“But me being me, I wanted it done, as it’s good for healing inside and out.”
Rodrigo also had a new chin implant during the six-hour operation, hoping to give him a diamond shaped face by replacing the implant with a smaller one.
But while under the knife – the third operation on his chine – surgeons realised the old square shaped implant had ruptured.
Rodrigo said: “The previous silicone implant had leaked, god knows how, then he had to wash my chin and disinfect it before putting a new one in.
“The diamond shape does look better, it will make my nose look thinner, but right now it’s very long and very big.
“Right now, my chin looks very swollen and I’m hoping that will go down in the next few days.
“The previous implant didn’t fit in with my face features, it made my chin look far too big.”
His new surgery comes nines days, after facial revision including an eye, temple, cheek and lip lift.
While operating on his nose, Dr. Shahriar Ilkhani was able to recycle old cartilage inside his nose, previously taken from rib cartilage, to repair his nostrils.
With his soon to be newly recovered nose, Rodrigo can’t wait to be free from breathing difficulties that plagued his life for years.
He said: “I was very shocked to know how botched my nose was.
“But now I am so excited to be able to speak properly and to be understood.
“I am often invited to radio shows and I used to refuse the invite because I don’t like the sound of my nasal voice.
“I am excited to go back to my singing lessons and to carry on preparing myself for Eurovision where I will be performing my first song ‘Plastic World’ at the opening party.
“I have no plans for more surgery for now, I just want to lose three stones and to live the life to the max.”