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Doctors’ Ethics Questioned Over Iranian Teen Who Had 50 Cosmetic Procedures To Look Like Angelina Jo

Discussion in 'Plastic Surgery' started by Hadeel Abdelkariem, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. Hadeel Abdelkariem

    Hadeel Abdelkariem Golden Member

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    By now almost everyone has heard about the Iranian teenager who has had over 50 cosmetic surgeries to look like Angelina Jolie. Unfortunately, online trolls say she looks more like a character from Tim Burton's Corpse Bride than the beautiful American actress.


    Since her story went viral, there has been a public outcry over the lack of ethical consideration on the part of this young woman's doctors.

    There are also grave concerns for her health, with anorexia and body dysmorphia being the possible serious conditions she is likely to have.

    In case you missed it, Iranian teenager, Sahar Tabar, underwent multiple plastic surgeries in an attempt to supposedly look like her idol, Angelina Jolie. The transformation was jaw-dropping and left many wondering if the final result didn't also involve the use of prosthetics and makeup.

    Sahar also admitted that she lost a whopping 80 lbs to more closely resemble Angelina, who is incredibly thin and has battled anorexia rumors while in the spotlight. In fact, it's been reported by The Sun that she now weighs a mere 40 lbs.


    There are concerns that Sahar could be anorexic, and it has been suggested that she most likely suffers from body dysmorphia, which calls into question why anyone would operate on someone so clearly suffering from such a disorder.

    Dr. Michael Salzhauer, a celebrity plastic surgeon, said, "This woman needs hospitalization, a feeding tube to increase protein intake and major intensive psychiatric therapy or she may die of starvation."

    Body dysmorphia is a mental condition where a person believes that their own body is so flawed that they go to extreme measures to change or fix it. Usually, any actual flaw is imagined or exaggerated, but is constantly on the sufferer's mind, occupying their thoughts for hours a day.

    Michael Jackson is believed to have had body dysmorphia, radically changing his appearance through surgery and other methods to look completely different than he had previously.

    Body dysmorphia usually sets in during adolescence, and unfortunately it is associated with high rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide. It also shares some characteristics with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    It is believed that the condition affects roughly 2.4% of the population, but also that it is greatly under-diagnosed.

    Many people online have questioned how Sahar's doctors could have agreed to perform her surgeries. One commenter asked, "What doctor would do that to a young girl?? They should be ashamed!"

    "[The] plastic surgeons who did this should be skinned alive," another commented. "Doesn't matter if she asked for it, should've redirected her to a psychiatrist. This is madness."

    Salzhauer has analyzed Sahar's photographs and continued, "The lips look overfilled with filler and she has also likely had a 'lip lift' procedure to turn her lip up and show more vermillion, [which is] the red part of the lip."

    "Most of the other distortion is from anorexia," he said. "She is clearly protein deficient, which causes the hallowing out of the temporal areas and cheeks - which gives a 'skeleton' look."

    It begs the question, do cosmetic surgeons ever tell a patient 'no'?

    According to the Hippocratic oath, all doctors must do no harm and act in the best interests of their patients. The US National Library of Medicine penned an article in 2010 that underlined this message:

    "Consultant aesthetic surgeons may decline to operate on patients if they do not believe that the surgery is in the patients' best interests. Aesthetic surgeons should be reluctant to operate on those with unrealistic expectations, as the risks of surgery may outweigh any benefits."

    However, this leaves a lot of leeway to the surgeon to decide what is best for a patient. The article also mentioned how the demand for aesthetic surgery has increased in the last decade as popular culture has become more obsessed with image and beauty.

    This raises many ethical questions such as a patient's right or need for psychiatric counseling prior to a procedure and ensuring that a patient is completely informed of the physical and mental risks associated with their request.

    It is unclear whether or not Sahar has received counseling or therapy of any kind. Only time will tell what effect her body transformation may have on her long-term mental health.

    Sahar is pictured below before undergoing her dramatic transformation:

    While cosmetic surgery has seemed to have suddenly become popular, it has actually been around for 2,500 years. Check out the video below to see the evolution of aesthetic procedures. It may make you think twice before ever considering going under the knife!

    We hope that Sahar Tabar gets the help she needs.


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  2. Vee

    Vee Young Member

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    You really need to check your facts first, because this was all done with make up. She’s not had one damn surgery

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