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“Howes’ Illnesses of the Famous: Michael Jackson – Part 1 of 2”

Being a plastic surgeon, I had empathy and a certain fascination with the changing face of Michael Jackson.  Photographs over the years revealed the rather drastic transformation of his physical appearance and like many others, he usually denied having multiple plastic surgery procedures.  But, his denial fooled no one.  Obvious changes popped up with his pinched-tip nose, his squared off jaw line, his chin implants and dimple creation, his widened and tattooed doe eyes and his bleached skin tone.  Jackson’s face morphed into a striking and shocking contrast from his former self.  During his child molestation trial, news stories flashed photos of his sculptured cherubic face that had little resemblance to his childhood photos.  So, what was going on?  According to biographer, J. Randy Taraborrelli, “He didn’t want to be Michael Joseph Jackson.  He just wanted to be something else. And he went about the business of doing that.”  Michael’s ailment is called “body dismorphia disorder (BDD),” which is defined as a condition or form of body hatred that often paralyzes its sufferers with shame, embarrassment, and even disgust, forcing them to seek surgical changes to it.

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