Dale Saint Cullen, 28, has flew to various countries and spent thousands of pounds on plastic surgery to try and achieve the “perfect” look he saw on social media.
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A man who spent over £25,000 on plastic surgery has warned others against social media’s influence on being ‘perfect’.
Dale Saint Cullen, 28, has spent the past five years chasing a certain look, and says social media has “brainwashed” him to chase this “false reality”.
He is now telling his story to raise awareness of the impact of social media on people’s self-esteem.
He said: “On social media I never noticed at the time, but I was looking at these people who looked perfect and fell into this vicious circle of chasing what wasn’t reality. , that was completely wrong.
“I would fly to Poland and Turkey and show the surgeons Instagram filtered photos of what I wanted to look like.
“It took me a while to realize that wasn’t what they looked like in real life.”
Dale said he realized he would “never” get the look he wanted, and he now advocates for people to love themselves inside and out.
He hopes to warn others not to fall into the same trap.
He said: “I’m 28 now and it seems like people on social media are getting younger and younger and I’m worried about the effect it’s having on them.
“When you see all these reality TV stars and they look perfect, it can be very damaging to young people.”
Dale said when celebrities encourage surgery or tell people “to buy these products to get the perfect Hollywood smile,” it has a profound effect on their self-esteem.
He adds: “I think I was trying to fit in with society. I was doing well in school.
“It wasn’t until social media came along, that’s when I started thinking about doing work.”
Dale initially wanted to have his nose done, but described the surgery as a slippery slope.
Social media led him to want chin surgery, better teeth, bigger lips and a sharper jawline.
He said: “It’s like there’s always a new trend and I just can’t keep up.
“I’m all for going with the trend, but not when it means you have to change your whole face.”
Dale does not regret the work he has done, only the reasons behind it. He will also undergo another surgery in June.
He encourages people to make sure they’re having the surgery for the right reasons – if that’s what they want to do.
He said: “I’ve spent so much time, money and energy chasing that perfect look, it’s crazy.
“I would just tell people to make sure you do your research first and do it for the right reasons.
“I’m seeing a therapist to try and make sure I’m working on myself. The work I’ve done in the past wasn’t for me, I did it under pressure from social media.
“I’m in a much better place now and making sure everything I do is for me.”
Dale also warned that cosmetic surgery can “make you feel worse” rather than help you solve whatever problem you think you have.
“I really want to show other young people that it is not possible to chase such a look and that it can make you feel worse than before,” he explained.
He adds that there are days when he wakes up and feels “more embarrassed now” than he did before the operation.