Some fans spend thousands of dollars on their idols, but one fan has done the extreme. He has spent his life savings in an effort to transform himself into his hero – Justin Bieber.
British tabloid Closer reported that Toby Sheldon from Los Angeles has dedicated five years and US$100,000 (S$124,120) in an effort to look like the teen heart-throb.
The 33-year-old songwriter’s obsession first began when Bieber burst onto the scene in 2008. At that time, Sheldon was already facing some image issues as his hair had started to thin at the young age of 23.
Looking at images plastered all over the media of the pre-teen teen with his trademark tousled hair, Sheldon thought to himself: “I want to look like him,” he said.
Sheldon had already spent US$8,000 on hair transplants to combat his thinning blonde hair, but he wasn’t happy with how he looked.
He finally took a picture of Bieber to his plastic surgeon and told the surgeon that he wanted his hair to look exactly like Bieber’s. Three transplants and a total of US$21,000 later, he finally achieved the look.
The surgeon had operated on him to lower his hair line, close off his temples and allow him to grow his bangs. Happy with his mane now, Sheldon decided to move on to his face.
He said he restructured his entire appearance by “using Justin’s charming baby face” as his inspiration. First he had face and lip fillers. Then Botox and Aquamid – an illegal, longer-lasting filler – injections to his forehead and temples.
Paying to reach an unrealistic goal?
He followed those with an eyelid surgery in 2012, and in 2013 had surgery done to his mouth to give him the idol’s charming boyish smile.
“It’s Justin’s smile that gives him his youthful look. So I had my upper lip lifted [and] my bottom lip plumped out,” the musician told Closer.
Sheldon has also undergone liposuction on his chin to smooth out his smile and has had the fat from his chin transferred to his hands, lips and under his eyes.
Paying to reach an unattainable goal?
Despite his numerous surgeries, Sheldon, who has confessed to being extremely scared of ageing, says he is not done altering his appearance.
He said that he is still considering a nose job and jaw reduction to look even more like his idol, according to multiple reports.
This is not the first time men, and women, have made the news for paying ridiculous amounts of money to look like their idols.
Last year, a 32-year-old stunned readers when he revealed he had undergone an incredible 90 plastic surgery procedures in his quest to look like a living Ken doll.
He had five rhinoplasties, a cranial brow bone shape and augmentations to his cheeks, lips, buttocks and chin. But more disturbingly, like a plastic doll, all his impressive “muscles” are fake. Nearly every inch of his upper body is covered with implants, ABC News reported.
Worth the risk?
Despite doctors warning him that he is putting his life at risk with every additional procedure, Justin readily admitted that he sees no reason to stop his plastic surgery obsession.
In a more recent case, a South Korean girl went on national television to reveal that she is so obsessed about supermodel Miranda Kerr that she has undergone plastic surgery to look like her idol.
Doctors have long warned that unnecessary plastic surgery may be not worth the risk. Cosmetic surgery can be potentially dangerous, and someone can end up disfigured or even worse if things go wrong, the International Business Times reported.
Some of the less well known risks include unexpected bleeding, asymmetry in the surgical area, nerve damage, scarring, anaesthesia risk and severe psychiatric injury. And as always, post-surgical infection is a very real possibility.