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‘A New Kind of Beauty: Extreme Plastic Surgery as Art (PHOTOS)

Phillip Toledano

Could this face ever be considered the ideal beauty?

Can surgically enhanced beauty ever compare to the natural kind?

A new book, A New Kind of Beauty, by New York-based artist Phillip Toledano, tackles whether plastic surgery is poised to create a new paradigm of what we see as beautiful, and if beauty that never existed previously can be created artificially.

The book features classical-type portraits of people dubbed the Botox Botticellis — those who have all undergone extreme plastic surgery procedures in an effort to appear physically perfect. The results are starkly less-than-perfect, but Toledano argues there’s still something “transcendent” about his subjects.

The images call to question whether plastic surgery enhances beauty, or simply mocks the quest to achieve a better individuality and aesthetic.

Take a look at some of the intense, real-people portraits (no Photoshop used, just some fancy lighting) and see if your feelings about plastic surgery and beauty are affected by these results:

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  • Allanah 1 of 12
    Allanah
    I'm interested in what we define as beauty, when we choose to create it ourselves.
  • Dina 2 of 12
    Dina
    Beauty has always been a currency
  • Steve 3 of 12
    Steve
    Now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?
  • Justin 4 of 12
    Justin
    Is beauty informed by contemporary culture?
  • Yvette 5 of 12
    Yvette
    By history?
  • Tiana 6 of 12
    Tiana
    Or is it defined by the surgeon's hand?
  • Angel 7 of 12
    Angel
    Can we identify physical trends that vary from decade to decade, or is beauty timeless?
  • Michael 8 of 12
    Michael
    When we re-make ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity?
  • Jason 9 of 12
    Jason
    Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty.
  • Gina 10 of 12
    Gina
    An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture?
  • Ava 11 of 12
    Ava
    And if so, are the results the vanguard of human induced evolution?
  • Sonia 12 of 12
    Sonia
    Phillip Toledano's A New Kind of Beauty is available at Amazon.

All images and captions courtesy of MrToledano.com

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