Pixee Fox’s story highlights a different type of plastic surgery. Surgery that radically alters the form and appearance of the individual. I have had a few patients who have requested rather obscure surgical procedures such as removing body parts. Its important to recognize that while its possible to perform certain surgeries at the patient’s request, its not always the best thing to do. Removing ribs is an extremely risky procedure that obviously leads to a dramatic silhoutte change but can cause lung collapse and other respiratory issues. Our ribs serve to protect our vital organs and help stabilize our body’s core. I hope for the best for Pixie Fox and that she has no issues but oftentimes such drastic “cosmetic” surgeries can have serious complications down the line.
Its also important to identify patients who are exhibiting body dysmorphia. Body Dysmorphia Disorder is a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or small defect in one’s appearance. Those with the condition may dislike any part of their body, although they often find deficiencies with their hair, skin, nose, chest, or abdomen. However, in reality, a perceived defect may be only a slight imperfection or nonexistent. But, for the person, the flaw is significant and prominent, often causing severe emotional distress and difficulties in daily functioning. Its important to recognize the possibility of this any patient prior to proceeding with surgery.
In my practice, I choose not to perform these radical surgeries because I believe in natural looking results. I prefer to provide natural rejuvenation or holistic enhancement of the individual.
(WRTV/CNN) — A woman’s hobby has become her career: Pixee Fox is a “plastic surgery model.”
As a girl in Sweden, Fox didn’t feel like she fit in, so she moved to the U.S. to start her transformation.
“Every surgery, I’m getting happier,” she said. Fox said she’s not dismorphic, she’s not crazy — she just likes plastic surgery.
“I had one mini brow lift. I had two eye lid surgeries, I had three nose jobs.”
And those are just the start — four breast augmentations and a Brazilian butt lift were the most extreme surgeries.
That is, until she came to Indiana. “I went under anesthesia, it was 2-3 months ago, with my rib removal.” Specifically, six ribs were removed, three from each side.
Fox searched far and wide for a doctor willing to remove her ribs. Then, she found Dr. Barry Eppley of Eppley Plastic Surgery in Carmel.
Portions of free-floating ribs 10, 11 and 12 are what Fox wanted gone.
As you can imagine, there is some pain associated with the procedure, but it didn’t phase Fox. She was back in her corset two days later, measuring her waist at 16 inches.
Fox’s goal is to look like a cartoon character. “I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life,” she said.