MOL

Los Angeles

A 33-year-old man has spent five years and $100,000 in an effort to look like his hero - teenaged pop idol Justin Bieber.

Toby Sheldon is a songwriter from Los Angeles who has used Bieber’s youthful features as the inspiration for numerous surgeries, including face fillers, a chin reduction and eyelid surgery. Sheldon’s obsession with his appearance began when he started having treatments to prevent his hair thinning at the age of 23, but really took off when a pre-pubescent Justin Bieber hit the big-time in 2008.

‘Once Justin shot to fame his face was everywhere and I all I kept thinking when I saw his picture was, “I want to look like him,”‘ Sheldon says.  Sheldon had already spent $8,000 on hair transplants to supplement his thinning blond locks, but he wasn’t happy with the results.

He took a picture of Bieber to his plastic surgeon to demonstrate exactly how he wanted his hair to look. ‘It took three transplants and a total of $21,000 to accurately lower my hair line, close off my temples and grow back my bangs,’ he says.

Once he had perfected his Bieber-style hair, Sheldon, who admits to a phobia of aging, decided he wasn’t finished.

‘By using Justin’s charming baby face as my inspiration, I’ve been able to restructure my entire look to maintain a much more youthful appearance through plastic surgery.’

Sheldon says he admires Bieber for his youthful good looks, if not his musical output. ‘I didn’t necessarily listen to his music or fawn over him as a celebrity, but his face was just so flawless every change I made was modelled after him.’

In this quest, Sheldon has remodelled his features so that he bears little resemblance to the fair-haired, pleasant-featured man he was before his surgeries.

After his successful hair refurbishment, Sheldon had his face and lips plumped up with filler to look more youthful. 

Next, he had Botox and Aquamid injections in his forehead and temples. In 2012, he spent $4,850 on eye surgery to lift his upper eyelids.