Man who had £25,000 cosmetic surgery says he was brainwashed on social media


A man from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, says he went to hell and spent £25,000 on cosmetic surgery which he says made his life a misery.

Dale Saint Cullen, 28, said social media had ‘brainwashed’ him into believing he could achieve perfection and that he had spent the last five years of his life chasing a ‘false reality’ “.

He flew to various countries and spent thousands of pounds on cosmetic surgery, including a nose job, chin implant and crowns on his teeth – reports The Northeast Chronicle

It was only now that Dale realized he would never achieve what he was looking for and is sharing his story in an effort to raise awareness of the impact of social media on 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 cycle 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.

Dale Saint Cullen warns others of the dangers of social media

“It took me a while to realize that wasn’t what they looked like in real life.

“I realized that I’ll never really achieve what I’m looking for. You really have to love yourself from within.”

In particular, Dale hopes to raise awareness of the influence of social media on young people and warns others not to fall into the same trap he did.

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 influencers and they look perfect, it can be very damaging for young people.

“And when people encourage followers to get surgery or tell people to buy these products or get the perfect Hollywood smile, it’s just crazy.

“I think I was trying to fit in with society.

Dale Saint Cullen before any plastic surgery
Dale Saint Cullen before any plastic surgery

“I was doing well in school. It wasn’t until social media came along, that’s when I started thinking about getting some work done.”

Dale said cosmetic surgery is a slippery slope and you can end up doing more and more of it once you start.

He said: “I wanted to have my nose changed and so I was going to have my nose done and that was it.

“Then when I came back to social media, I wanted a better chin and better teeth, bigger lips and a more pointed jawline.

“It’s like there’s always a new trend and I just can’t follow. I’m all for following the trend, but not when it means you have to change your whole face.”

But despite his warning, Dale said he doesn’t regret the cosmetic work he did, but he regrets the reasons he did it.

He’s even doing more work in June, which he booked last year, but said he was now in a much better place and encouraged people to make sure they were doing it for the right ones reasons.

Dale said: “I don’t regret the work I did because when I look back I feel like I looked better, but I regret my reasons.

“I 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.”

However, Dale warned that cosmetic surgery can “make you feel worse”.

He said: “I really want to show other young people that it’s not possible to pursue such a look and it can make you feel worse than before.

“Compared to before, it’s crazy how much I’ve changed. Although some days I wake up and feel more embarrassed now than before when I was completely natural.”

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