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TOWIE star Charlie King reveals his botched nose job plunged him into ‘depths of despair’

Mr King, 36, who starred in The Only Way is Essex until 2013, told MPs how

Mr King, 36, who starred in The Only Way is Essex until 2013, told MPs how he “felt pressure to look a certain way” based on reactions to his posts online (pictured today)

Former The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Charlie King has revealed how a botched nose job plunged him into the “depths of despair”.

The 36-year-old, who starred in the ITV reality show until 2013, spoke to MPs today about his battle with body dysmorphia.

King recounted how he “felt pressure to look a certain way” based on the reactions his posts had online.

The influencer, who now models his own clothing brand, claimed he became “obsessed” with his nose during lockdown, which broke when he was 18.

King, who dated reality star Gemma Collins in 2012 before coming out as gay in 2014, added: “The surgeon agreed, ‘We can improve that.'”

“And with my nature as a person, I thought, ‘I have the validation I need, let’s do it.'”

But he revealed that the nose job in July 2021, on London’s Harley Street, “didn’t go as planned”.

He was left with scar tissue, a collapsed nostril and was told he faced a long wait of 12 months before he could have another operation.

Mr. King said: “Every day of my life in that waiting period until I had surgery number two, I just had to keep going.”

“And I got to the bottom of my despair, therefore I had to go back and live with mom right now, I couldn’t make any money, I was depressed, I’m still not myself.”

He stated that he was left with an ‘obvious deformity’, which should be corrected ‘at another time’.

In a social media post, he said the picture (after the operation) shows that the scar tissue on his nose was

In a social media post, he said the (post-op) picture shows the scar tissue on his nose was “out of control” and his nostrils and the tip of his nose are “not right.” or symmetrical.

WHAT IS BODY DYMORPHIA?

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition in which a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance.

These flaws are often imperceptible to others.

The condition, which mainly affects teenagers and young adults, is thought to affect 0.5 per cent of Britons, or one in 200 people.

Its symptoms include worrying a lot about a specific area of ​​the body, particularly the face, and comparing gazes with others.

Victims may also look at or avoid themselves a lot in the mirror, spend a lot of time trying to hide flaws, and touch their skin to smooth it out.

These symptoms may improve without treatment. If they are mild, patients are often referred for talk therapy.

Those with moderate symptoms may be offered therapy or an antidepressant.

Patients with the most severe body dysmorphia usually receive therapy and antidepressants.

Source: National Health Service

Mr. King detailed his struggle with body dysmorphia while speaking at a Health and Social Care Committee inquiry.

MPs are examining the relationship between people’s perceived body image and their physical and mental health to determine whether NHS services and government messages need to be changed.

They are also investigating whether people who experience negative body image are attracted to surgery and whether there is enough support and regulation to ensure patient safety.

In a session in March, Vamps guitarist James Brittain-McVey detailed how his stint on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here made his anorexia worse.

Today, Mr King said: ‘I really didn’t know I had body dysmorphia. I just thought he was a very self-critical person and I knew he was quite compulsive.

“I felt these pressures to look a certain way because I had seen through social media when people responded to me more when I had a bare top and a six pack.

‘If I wasn’t getting that validation, it was this constant battle that I needed to keep that up.’

Body dysmorphia is an anxiety disorder that causes patients to have obsessive worries about their perceived flaws.

It is thought to affect 0.5 per cent of people in the UK, one in 200 people, but teenagers and young adults are most likely to get it.

King said his attention was drawn to his nose, which had been broken two decades ago, during lockdown when he was isolated and alone.

She previously shared on social media that she thought her nose was too big and lacked definition.

He told MPs: ‘It was something I became obsessed with. It needs to change, I need to fix it, I need to go see a plastic surgeon, so I did.

‘And the surgeon agreed, ‘we can improve that.’ And with my nature as a person, I was like ‘I have the validation I need, let’s do it.’

The former reality star said, “I think when you walk into a surgeon’s office, I was always told he was a pretty nice guy, but it was never good enough.”

‘And when I sat there, there was never any discussion about the back story, what my mental health had been like in the past.

King, 36, who starred in The Only Way is Essex until 2013 and dated reality star Gemma Collins in 2012 (pictured before the operation) before coming out as gay in 2014, told MPs how

King, 36, who starred in The Only Way is Essex until 2013 and dated reality star Gemma Collins in 2012 (pictured before the operation) before coming out as gay in 2014, told MPs how “he felt pressure to look a certain way.” based on the reactions his posts garnered online. The influencer, who has his own clothing brand, said that during confinement he became “obsessed” with his nose, which was broken when he was 18 years old

Mr. King (pictured before the operation) said that the procedure

Mr. King (pictured before the operation) said the procedure “didn’t go as planned.” He was left with scar tissue, a collapsed nostril, and was told he faced a long 12-month wait before he could have another operation. Mr. King said: “Every day of my life in that waiting period until I had surgery number two, I just had to keep going.” “And I got to the bottom of my despair, therefore I had to go back and live with mom right now, I couldn’t make any money, I was depressed, I’m still not myself.”

“Looking back now, if the surgeon had given me a different approach and actually said ‘you don’t need this’, or unless you’re a doctor or something, ‘we need to make sure I’m mentally prepared for this because this will change your face. it is a great test and can have a great psychological impact, “for some better, for others worse.’

Mr King said his nose job “didn’t go as planned” and he “couldn’t do anything about it”.

He said: ‘There I was with scar tissue, collapsed columella and the surgeon said ‘we’ll just have to wait’.

“So every day of my life in that waiting period until I had surgery number two, I just had to keep going.

King added: “I had to live with it and there were no resources other than ‘we’ll fix it in a year, when you’re healed’.”

“That year is still one of the most challenging periods of my life because I made a decision because I thought there was room for improvement.”

He called for a period of time between consultations on plastic surgery procedures, with doctors providing resources on mental health before Britons “spend thousands of pounds on something that may or may not give you the results you’re looking for”.

King said plastic surgeons should put patients in touch with body dysmorphia charities.

Mr King said: ‘Body dysmorphia is a disorder of appearance.

‘You have to make sure that just because you’re touching your nose, for example, in my case, that wasn’t going to be the start of something else because would I ever really be happy with my nose with my condition? Who knows?

“But now I have an obvious deformity that I’ll have to fix at another time.”

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