BARBIE DOLL is a hit movie that breaks stereotypes about beauty standards and sends the message that you don’t have to look plastic to feel great.
While it’s been hailed as a feminist triumph, plastic surgeons are seeing a ripple effect in clinics as women strive to look as flawless as top lady Margot Robbie.
Online searches for “Barbie surgery” hit 6,000 times a week, with women spending thousands of dollars to achieve the so-called “Barbie look”.
The film paints a full picture in which anyone can be a Barbie, but in the UK today that seems to apply only within the parameters of the accepted beauty standard.
AI filters give social media users Barbie doll makeup has taken over TikTok and Instagram, showing insecure women what they look like with flawless skin, hair bouncy length and retouched face.
Dr Yannis Alexandrides, plastic surgeon at 111 Harley St, said: “Since the release of the Barbie movie, we have seen an increase in bookings at our clinic.
“We have had more patients ask about rhinoplasty [surgery on the nose] to help achieve a more refined nose bridge and tip, along with enhanced nose symmetry, like a Barbie doll’s upturned nose.
‘I don’t care about the risks. I love my look’
“There are also more questions about Traptox, which seems to be trending since the movie came out.
“This procedure involves injecting Botox into the top of the trapezius muscle, starting at the base of your neck and moving over your shoulders toward the mid-back.
“This muscle can be over-contracted, making the neck appear shortened like a Barbie’s neck.”
Demand for ‘Barbie Botox’, ‘Barbie nose’ and even ‘Barbie bit’ are all on the rise – but the women who want these tricks aren’t young and impressionable die-hard fans. .
Even at 42—an age some might say she should have known better—the film fueled Nikita Bannerman-McCormack’s desire to look great in plastic.
The mother-of-two spent £5,000 on surgery after years of wanting flawlessly smooth skin, a high nose and clear jawline like her childhood dolls.
Nikita, a photo studio manager, said: “Even in my twenties, I was a bit eccentric.
“I hide behind my glasses and don’t like my nose, skin, or jawline.
“I love Barbie’s smooth face, cute nose and sharp face and have always wanted to look like her.
“When I knew I could get fillers to have a doll-like nose, I decided to do it in 2018.
“The filler was injected into my nose while I was awake and molded to give me a perfect Barbie nose with a little pinch at the end.
“It instantly changed my look. I also had fillers to balance my chin to give me a more structured jawline, and my teeth straightened out to give me the perfect smile. “
Even before the Greta Gerwig-directed film hit theaters last month, Nikita splurged on a nose job and did a lot of “retouching”.
But she admits the film’s massive success has only made her crave more Barbie-inspired procedures.
“Since watching the movie Barbie, I have had Profhilo skin tightening injections – a hyaluronic acid treatment that helps stimulate collagen production – to prevent the skin from sagging and looking more like Barbie,” says Nikita, who lives with her husband. is the builder Jamie, said. 44 years old, with two children Tyler, 13, and Hayden, 11, of Harlow, Essex.
“I recently got my HydraFacial and semi-permanent makeup.”
Nikita is adamant she will do anything to get Barbie’s impossibly perfect look — no matter the danger.
“I don’t care about the risks,” she insisted. “I love the way I look.
“I’m always researching new cutting-edge treatments to keep me as young as Barbie.”
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reports that 600 cosmetic surgeries were performed per week last year — double the previous year — and demand for Brazilian Butt Lifts continues to soar, with surgeries to increase by 36% by 2022.
It’s no surprise that clinics offering Botox, fillers, and BBL are becoming increasingly popular on the streets.
And with prices as low as £200 for bigger lips, £3,500 for rhinoplasty and BBLs starting at £2,000 in the UK, surgeries are becoming more accessible and not just for the wealthy. .
At the age of 51, grandmother of two Melodie Williams spent £23,000 to become one of Britain’s hottest “Barbie dolls”.
The divorced mother-of-five from Stafford has undergone two breast augmentations, two tummy tucks and even a monochrome blepharoplasty – also known as a pubic lift – to achieve the perfect Barbie figure. perfect.
“I’ve been inspired by Barbie all my life and have always wanted to be great in plastic,” said Melodie, a carer.
“When the movie came out, I was glad I was ahead of the game. After having five kids, I weighed only 17, had a flat chest and a flat body – unlike my idol, Barbie.”
“I want to wear skimpy bikinis andskirt, so in 2018 I booked a £5,000 tummy tuck.
“It took off my lovey waist and gave me a toned waist, so I immediately wanted more surgery.”
In January 2020, Melodie spent an extra £15,000 on another tummy tuck, as well as breast reduction and augmentation at a private hospital in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, to make her breasts “tass better” again”.
And she didn’t stop there.
She said: “When Barbie wears a bikini, she has a smooth look underneath and I want that too. “I wanted to wear a bikini without bulges or unsightly camel toes, so I had a ‘pubic lift’ surgery.
“It removes excess skin around the pubic area and tightens it on both sides.”
The Barbie movie made Melodie even more determined to get her “perfect” look. “In March, I had even more fillers and Botox to get rid of the wrinkles on my face,” she says.
“And I had a second breast augmentation last week, which cost £3,000, to make my breasts even bigger. I know things can go bad with plastic surgery but it’s worth the risk.”
BAAPS President Marc Pacifico warned: “People jump into a group because it’s being talked about. But trends, by definition, have a time limit.
“Ask yourself why did you think of getting it done in the first place? Know that times — and trends — are ever-changing and that what is gained today is often lost tomorrow.”
Last year Save Face, a registry of accredited cosmetic doctors, received more than 2,800 complaints about unregistered practitioners, including complications or undesirable results from procedures. Beauty.
Mother of four Sarah Gartland, 35, knows the risks all too well.
“I saw the first Barbie trailer last December and in January I booked a Botox injection, wanting a wrinkle-free look like Margot Robbie,” said Sarah, a beautician from Dublin , Ireland said.
“I injected Botox on my forehead, between my eyes and the crow’s feet area. But it was badly damaged and after five days I couldn’t open my left eye.
“I went back to the clinic and was told I had ptosis – the upper eyelid was drooping.
“It happens when Botox moves to a nearby muscle – in my case the muscle that helps me open and close my left eye – and it only happens in one percent of patients.
“As a mother of four children under the age of 10, I fear I will never see them from both eyes again.
“But the only option is to wait and hope the Botox runs out.
“After two months of struggling, I regained some strength in my eyelid muscles and now, after six months, I can finally open it normally. Needless to say I deeply regret my Barbie Botox.”
About 60% of people said they regret having surgery on “Barbie” in a poll of researchers in the UK this year.
Michael Saul, of Aesthetic Surgery Law Firm, said: “The dramatic increase in interest in the ‘Barbie aesthetic’ will inevitably lead to an increase in cosmetic procedures.
“This type of goal for a procedure is likely to lead to frustration because it can be difficult to achieve a satisfactory outcome when there is such a specific goal.”
Additional reporting: Claire Dunwell, Alley Einstein
‘I got fillers to look like Ken’
FITNESS Prince coach Dylan Garland, 31, from Canterbury, Kent, spent £15,000 to be the real-life Ken.
He fell in love with his soldier Ken doll as a child, and when he was 21 years old, he had Botox and fillers injected to get what he calls a “square face.”
He said: “When the Barbie movie came out, I fell in love with Ryan Gosling’s look as Ken, so I decided to accept it.injections, adding botox and lip fillers.
“I’ve also had laser skin tightening and chemical peels.”