Well, no one ever said that plastic surgery addicts were smart.
For some, plastic surgery addiction simply leads to massive amounts of debt and a healthy dose of ridicule from bloggers like me. However, in the hands of a certifiable nut job, this addiction can lead to horrific disfigurement. Today, we are talking about a woman who dove head first across that line.
Hang Mioku is a 48-year-old Korean woman who has struggled with the demons of her plastic surgery addiction for more than 20 years. From her first procedure at the age of 28, she was hooked. She even moved to Japan in an effort to more easily get her fix.
Over the years, Hang has undergone many facial plastic surgery procedures, leaving her face swollen and disfigured. However, while her sane friends and neighbors gasped in horror, Hang saw a beautiful face reflecting back at her in the mirror. I guess beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.
Finally, she had taken her addiction so far that plastic surgeons began to cut her off. Eventually, no reputable plastic surgeon in Japan was willing to operate on her. One of these surgeons even referred her to a psychologist.
Ostracized from the Japanese plastic surgery community, Hang returned to Korea determined to continue mutilating her face beyond recognition. Not that she needed any more surgery to accomplish this goal. Her parents, who hadn’t seen her in years, no longer recognized her.
It took some time, but Hang eventually convinced them that she was indeed their daughter. Faced with the reality that their daughter had lost all her marbles, Hang’s parents brought her for psychiatric treatment. Unfortunately, therapy wasn’t the answer. She needed rehab.
Do they have rehab centers for plastic surgery addicts? They probably should, because junkies like Hang need a lot more help than you can get in therapy.
Most likely, Hang would never make it to plastic surgery rehab. I can see her adopting Amy Winehouse as her spokesperson, joyously singing, “Tried to make me go to rehab, I said NO NO NO!” Of course, this anthem may not have the same power when sung in Korean.
Getting back to our story…
Therapy didn’t work, and rehab was out of the question. Hang was back on the streets jonesing for some silicone to satisfy the proverbial itch. Luckily, there was at least one dealer — I mean plastic surgeon — who wouldn’t balk at feeding her addiction.
Not only was this doctor willing to perform silicone injections on Hang, he even sold her a kit with a syringe and some silicone so that she could “shoot up” at home. Talk about an enabler. I’m surprised this guy didn’t get his medical license revoked.
Eventually, Hang went through her entire stash. She was facing the ultimate junkie conundrum: go cold turkey and take control of your life (not an option) or resort to desperate measures in the continued search for the ultimate high (YES! YES! YES!).
For Hang, desperate times meant cooking oil. That’s right, cooking oil. Fry up a little Hang to go with your bacon and eggs. Just make sure to use enough oil to prevent her face from sticking to the pan.
Well, not exactly. Hang didn’t saute her face. She just injected a butt-load of cooking oil into it. Not too smart.
Apparently, when you inject cooking oil into your face, it blows up to grotesquely large proportions. At least, that’s what happened to Hang’s face. The neighborhood kids even gave her a nickname — “standing fan” — referring to the fact that she had a huge head on a tiny body. If she spins around in circles really fast, do you think it looks like she oscillates?
Hang eventually became famous for her disfigurement, and Korean TV talk show hosts started knocking at her door. Many viewers took pity on Hang and donated money for a surgical procedure that would bring her face back to a normal size.
Hang went for several operations to remove the mess of substances inserted into her face over the years. Unfortunately, nothing could be done. While her face is not quite as large as before, she is still hideously disfigured.
There is a bright side to this story though. Hang has finally seen the errors of her junkie ways and says she wishes she could have her original face back. More than 20 years of addiction, agony, and self-mutilation to finally realize she would have been better off accepting the face she was born with.
The moral of the story — if you know someone suffering from a plastic surgery addiction, she doesn’t need rehab. Just take a huge needle and shoot cooking oil into her face. She’ll never want to go under the knife again, although she may look like this: