16 operations in three years
Chiang Mai boy told doctors he wanted nose like singer 'Dome'Inspired by heartthrob singer and model Pakorn "Dome" Lum, a 18-year-old Chiang Mai boy spent over Bt250,000 on more than 16 operations over the past three years to make his face look like a star.
"I just wanted to be accepted by other people," Apirak, not his real name, said yesterday.
Three years ago, he was told that he was not handsome and not good looking. At the time, he thought that if he had a gleaming pretty face, he would be respected by other people.
He started earning money by repairing computers and designing websites when he was 15 and studying at Mathayom 3. When he had saved up enough, he decided to go to a cosmetic clinic for a nose job.
He gave a picture of 'Dome', the famous and sexy singer, to the surgeons and told them that he wanted to have a nose like Dome's. But the physicians told him that they couldn't comply because the structure of his nose was different.
But he was satisfied with the result and continued to undergo surgery to reduce a large chin and "fix" his eyelids and lips. He had dermal filler injected to enhance his cheeks and botox to change the shape of his face. He also injected glutathione to brighten his skin.
However, when he had the nose job at the start, doctors at the clinic did not ask him anything about his age or personal information before he went under the scalpel.
"I just paid them and then I could receive such treatments. I also didn't ask permission from my parents," he said.
Now, he has a handsome face and has gained a following among netizens. Some of his fans posted comments on his Facebook page that he is so cute. He was invited several times by TV shows to reveal his story to the public.
"I'm now happy with my face and appearance. The only thing that I must do is protect my face," he said.
Apirak is among hundreds of teenagers who want to improve their looks. A survey by Chulalongkorn University polled 635 students in eight universities about cosmetic surgery. Some 73 students admitted that they had undergone plastic surgery.
Wanrisa Nemiraj, whose story was reported in a local paper, also had cosmetic surgery to make her face more attractive. She had treatment several times for her eyelids and nose.
She wanted to look more beautiful after her boyfriend dumped her. But now, men turn their heads when they see her. She has been asked by advertising agencies to represent many products. She has also appeared in many music videos and magazines.
After becoming a celebrity, Wanrisa opened her own beauty design centre to provide cosmetic treatment for those who want to become more glamorous like her.