An air steward who spent £125,000 on plastic surgery to turn himself into a real life Ken doll has become the first person in the UK to have stem cell hair treatment.
Vain Rodrigo Alves, 30, has undergone 20 cosmetic procedures, including nose jobs, liposuction, six-pack and pec implants, calf shaping and botox fillers.
But he refuses to stop on his quest for perfection and has recently undergone a unique treatment to help cover his emerging bald spots.
The stem cell procedure involved doctors injecting stem cells into his scalp.
It took four hours and now – after just a couple of months – he is seeing the first results.
Rodrigo, who lives in London, said: “I started seeing results after two months, I have lots of baby hair coming through, it’s amazing.
“My hair was really thin and my temple was starting to recede but now its coming back in leaps and bounds.
“Seeing my hair begin to go like that was quite shocking. I was considering going to LA to have a transplant until I found these doctors.
“I’m getting so many compliments now.
“The main results are on my temple, I don’t have a receding line anymore, I’m really happy with it all.
“It was well worth it.”
The £5,000 procedure was carried out by doctors in Miami who gave Rodrigo liposuction in his back to extract fat cells.
They then took 500ml of his blood and mixed the two together in a special machine for a number of hours to extract the stem cells.
The mixture was then injected into his scalp.
Brazilian-born Rodrigo has had 12 major operations, eight smaller cosmetic procedures and spent more than £125,000 since the age of 20.
His long list of surgery includes £8,000 on botox and fillers, £30,000 on three nose jobs, £3,000 on liposuction to his jaw and £10,000 on pec implants.
He has also spent £22,000 on a fake six pack, £7,000 on fillers to his arms, £7,000 on hospital bills, £7,000 on laser lipo, £6,000 on leg lipo and £3,000 on calf shaping.
He also indulges in twice-yearly Botox and filler top-ups and takes a cocktail of daily pills consisting of collagen tablets, anti-water retention and hair growth tablets.
Rodrigo said he “admires” Barbie’s boyfriend Ken – because the toy looks like the “ideal man”.
He decided to go under the knife for the first time in 2004 after struggling with the way he looked since childhood.
As he grew older, Rodrigo realised he didn’t have to put up with his looks – and had his first operation when he moved to London.
“I just want to present myself in a way I have always wanted to,” he said.
“Cosmetic surgery has really changed my life, it was a positive makeover for me.
“If it wasn’t for cosmetic surgery then I wouldn’t be the man I am today.
“I’m not trying to reach perfection, I’m just trying to be the best that my body allows me to be.
“I’m more confident now, I’m better looking and able to present myself in a different way.”
But his attempt at perfection nearly cost him him life when a Brazilian doctor injected a gel into his arms to make them look more muscly.
Rodrigo was struck down by a major infection which left him paralysed and unable to feed or wash himself.
After three weeks in hospital with the support of friends and family, Rodrigo recovered and flew back to the UK.
“I am constantly researching for the best treatments and cosmetic procedures that can make me look better and stop the ageing process,” he added.
“I also still use a laser hair comb and many different vitamins and creams in other to improve the skin and hair condition.
“Thankfully we live in a very modern high-tech society and I believe that now science meet technology and both meet beauty which can be beneficial to many people.
“It is a constant maintenance process.
“I receive lots and lots of emails and messages on Facebook from people around the world asking for beauty and cosmetic advice.
“I want to set an example of positive makeover and break the taboo about cosmetic surgery.”
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