Extreme Plastic Surgery – A New Kind of Beauty by Philip Toledano


Extreme plastic surgery is becoming more common place. There is no doubt. And there seems to be little stopping its continued influence on our culture and perceptions of beauty. Phillip Toledano, an amazingly talented photographer born in London and represented around the world by some of the most respected photographic galleries, recently took it upon himself to explore the world of extreme plastic surgery and the people who inhabit it. Influenced by tradition forms of romantic portraiture and classical depictions of beauty, Philip photographed a number of men and women who had embraced plastic surgery and used it to change their appearance dramatically.





“I’m interested in what we define as beauty, when we choose to create it ourselves.

Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?

Is beauty informed by contemporary culture? By history? Or is it defined by the surgeon’s hand? Can we identify physical trends that vary from decade to decade, or is beauty timeless?

When we re-make ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity?

Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture? And if so, are the results the vanguard of human induced evolution?”












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60 responses to “Extreme Plastic Surgery – A New Kind of Beauty by Philip Toledano”

  1. StDiko Avatar

    With all the time we spend dressing ourselves, changing our looks, worrying about our body-hair-make-up, our muscles, what kind of bag we use, shooting 1000 selfies – I don’t understand why people get so upset by these portrayed folks – who decided to go 1 step further. Which one of us is really natural, with the hairless legs, shaped eyebrows, coloured hair, straight teeth, pierced ears…etc.

  2. So many she-males portrayed here….people are becoming more and more bizarre. How much further can the envelope be nudged?

  3. DeeDee2Die4 Avatar

    No picture of Ivanka?

  4. DeeDee2Die4 Avatar

    Plastic surgery is yet another wartime medical advance. An improvement over metal masks for people that had their faces half blown off.

  5. Noblelox Avatar

    They are all largely repugnant to me. They make me feel uncomfortable, as I feel like I am gawking at their mental illness. I am patronising a freak show, and it makes me uneasy. The fact that they are now all deformed to some extent, but feel better about themselves for it is disturbing. Kurtis alludes to a dead look in their eyes, and I’m not sure that is true, I think it is just that they mostly now look inhuman. Boobs do not point upwards, pecks are not that far apart on a real human, eye-sockets are not that shape in real life. And don’t get me started on the lips. Yes maybe fuller lips are attractive, but when you have a bike inner-tube stuck to your mouth, it is not attractive, but you can’t see it, you look in the mirror and think, bigger is better, while in fact it is truly monstrous. I lament that these people who obviously have a mental illness, have been exploited by second rate plastic surgeons who have abused these desperate people for financial gain, while a real doctor would have refused. These animals have grabbed the money and deformed people, rather than try to get them the help they obviously need.

  6. creedence Avatar

    no carrot-top?!?!

  7. I’m sorry to say, but honestly they look like those titans in Attack on titan.

  8. Eeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww, YUCK!

  9. catacomb Avatar

    The many offers of the plastic world of capitalism and the visual appeal with no substance is what it is selling. It is no different in popular music, films, books and the goods it produces.

  10. Emanuel G. Rosso Avatar
    Emanuel G. Rosso

    yeahhh… that’s not beauty.

  11. jksteiner1974 Avatar

    I used to not understand that most people who have extreme plastic surgery are well aware that they look unnatural, and that’s precisely what they’re going for. It’s a status symbol, or a fetish, or an otherwise intentional effort to obtain the ‘worked on’ look. It’s your body, do what you want with it. I do wonder how anyone has time to marvel at the universe around them and be so fixated on their appearance at the same time, though.

    1. Noblelox Avatar

      I don’t agree. I think they have a disconnect from their own trauma. They cannot look at that and see what I see and think they are better for it.

  12. denny d Avatar
    denny d

    Well, to begin with. These “photo” look so artificial, that you can’t really tell how artificial these people look. That also changes our way of perception and beauty.

    1. Noblelox Avatar

      I agree, i think the photographer had an agenda to make them look distant and disturbed. Either a rubbish photographer, or they have pushed to make every last image totally unflattering.

  13. Gepetto Avatar

    These people still don’t look like they’re Happy. There’s more a sense of longing and uncompletness in their eyes. It you think of yourself as beautiful and perfect the way you see yourself, you should have a smile a on your face

    1. jksteiner1974 Avatar

      Some of them might not be able to pull off facial expressions any more. They’re smiling on the inside! lol

  14. In everyone of these, I see people that wanted the fuller lips that ethnic people naturally have. Their idea of beauty is everything they don’t have instead of the beauty they were born with.

    1. ‘Ethnic’ people? That’s the term you went with? Is that because you have no ethnicity?

      1. it’s ok you don’t have to sweat it anymore, the PC police lost it’s fangs with Killary’s faceplant

    2. lol ethnic

  15. I am all for plastic surgery. If someone if not confident about a certain aspect of their body then they are entitled and have to choice to change it. However this seems a tad extreme and all of the personalities portrayed within these images showcase the same image.

  16. Bobby izme Avatar
    Bobby izme

    I enjoyed the display because its not saying go get surgey its saying although ive altered my body im still a person whos not ashamed to say look at me even if you may not like it. Its simple and I dont see much vanity emphsized in these photos, simple background with white garments. No flashy jewlery or serious light, just people, human being that scilpted their own canvases.

  17. Steve Finch Avatar
    Steve Finch


  18. One of the aspects that I noticed in common within these images is that majority of individuals seem to roughly resemble one another. This is merely an image of plastic surgery but instead the personification of what is considered beautiful within today’s society. Everyday men and women are constantly harassed by images translating this folly myth of what beauty is. Beauty dose not exist and like everything else (such as fashion, trends..) is socially constructed and changes over time and by following this and by following this myth you will find, like trends you will be left with a body/face that is due to become outdated. By you And embrace diversity.

  19. I have to disagree with this. Maybe to people who also identify with this sort of aesthetic. It does all come down to personal taste.

  20. is the statue of David beautiful or a Boticelli painting or sculpture by Rodin. take a look. what’s makes this differnt and so offensive to you? if they’re all “ugly” what is beauty?

    1. Shannon Avatar

      authenticity is beauty and that’s what these people failed to embrace

  21. Ugh. Broken plastic people.

  22. Dina Strange Avatar
    Dina Strange

    Not beautiful at all. Some are scary.

  23. Mental illness.

    1. I have a mental illness and I have never felt the need to do this. Stop generalising! It’s people like you that help stigmatise people like me!

      1. Who the fuck was talking to you?

      2. Noblelox Avatar

        Try and control that chip on your shoulder Erica. You don’t have a monopoly on all mental illnesses. They have A mental illness, we are no experts that can that give it a technical name, it is just a mental illness, you don’t own the trademark on the expression, get over yourself.

  24. Charles Templeplate Avatar
    Charles Templeplate

    Amazing. My mind spins thinking about vanity and the first-world beauty culture, a wholly (for me) unknown other realm of life right here on earth. I think too of all of the bad photos of me and how I wish to be different when I see myself in them. Acceptance is challenging sometimes.

  25. veronicaspidermusic Avatar

    I love the way the bass and puberty kicked in together!

  26. Kurtis Beacroft Avatar
    Kurtis Beacroft

    they all have the same dead look in their eyes

    1. Joaquim Albertino das Couves Avatar
      Joaquim Albertino das Couves

      That’s a very subjective thing to say.

      1. and accurate.

  27. thats not beauty that is a visual representation of broken people #beautyisnatural

    1. Catherine Stone Avatar
      Catherine Stone

      I find it beautiful. Who are you to tell me I’m wrong? Or that the artist is wrong? You don’t see the beauty here, then go find it elsewhere.

      1. Noblelox Avatar

        You find beauty in self mutilation? You need to go find help too.

        1. Stefan Moore Avatar
          Stefan Moore

          I think the point he’s trying to make is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
          And each to their own on that self mutilation, man, if they feel better that way let them be.

          1. Miller Avatar

            I think the point he’s trying to make is that cannibalism is eventually a beautifull thing, paedophilia too, who are we to judge people with our little undersized moral and opinion…
            Photos are superb imho but they do represent quite wasted souls.

        2. Catherine Stone Avatar
          Catherine Stone

          I find beauty in lots of places. Including here. They changed themselves so they looked like the idea of beauty in their minds. I find it fascinating how different the definition of beauty can be, subjectively.
          Take your mindless, pointless judgemental remarks and leave.

          1. Noblelox Avatar

            I take it you also find beauty in being a fascist, as you seem intent on trying to get anyone with a different opinion from you to leave. Take a good look at yourself, it’s not pretty.

          2. Catherine Stone Avatar
            Catherine Stone

            I dislike people who are aggressively judgmental for no reason. Why insult this artist and his art? He and others see beauty here, even if you don’t. And if you don’t see beauty, there is still not reason to foist your judgment and beliefs on everyone else. Insulting what you don’t like is childish, immature, and takes away from the conversation; it adds nothing useful or constructive.

          3. Noblelox Avatar

            Well that is your issue, art can generate extreme reactions, some of us are repulsed by the destruction of natural beauty displayed here. The artist has obviously gone to lengths to highlight the negative, with harsh lighting and contrast. There is nothing flattering or sympathetic to the subjects here. You see beauty, good for you, I see horror, mental illness and loss, and who are you to judge my reaction? Who are you to deem it childish and immature? In fact what give you the bloody right? You are the one with the issue here. Kindly keep your obnoxious opinion to yourself.

          4. Catherine Stone Avatar
            Catherine Stone

            Wow. See, I thought comments pages were FOR discussions. Your points aren’t logical, until your last message; you were just insulting this artist and his art because you didn’t like it. Which IS childish and immature. As to what gives me the right to be here? The same right you are using. I’m not judging your opinion on this article. I’m pointing out that insulting someone else’s hard work and creativity is not helpful or interesting to read, nor does it add to the discussion. Actually discussing the art does.

  28. Chuck Cirino Avatar
    Chuck Cirino

    ugly ugly ugly

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