From screaming teenage girls to fanatic grannies, everybody’s got Bieber fever, including Toby Sheldon, a 33-year-old songwriter from Los Angeles who spent $100,000 on plastic surgery trying to transform himself into his idol, Justin Bieber. The man has had countless procedures such as eyelid surgery, chin reduction and face fillers all in an off-the-wall attempt to look like the popular pop-star.
Toby has been obsessed with his fading boyish looks ever since he was 23, when he started a series of treatments for his thinning hair and ended up undergoing hair transplants which cost him an impressive $8,000. It wasn’t until 2008, when Justin became popular worldwide, that Toby really started considering plastic surgery. He explains that “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’.” To the disappointment of millions of second grade schoolgirls, Sheldon is not a true Bielieber as he mostly admires the pop star’s soft facial features rather than his musical aptitude. “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 modeled after him,” Sheldon says. With Justin in mind, the 33 year old spent another $21,000 to further enhance his appearance and underwent a procedure to lower his hairline closer to his temples to resemble that of Bieber. Toby then grew out his bangs and got Bieber’s signature haircut which he says often gets him mistaken for his idol.
Still unsatisfied with how he looked and utterly terrified of aging, Toby got Botox and Aquimid injections in his forehead and temples as well as eye surgery, which cost him $4,850, despite everyone – including doctors – telling him that the eyelid procedure was too much. “But it took going to eight different surgeons before anyone would agree to operate on me as everyone thought I was crazy to be obsessing over such a tiny detail,” Toby recalls. He then noticed other features could be improved as well. “When I first sought out to look like Justin I only paid attention to specific aspects of his boyish look like his hair and the structure of his face,” Sheldon says. “But the more I started studying Justin and young people in general it’s really their smile that gives them their youthful glow. If you look closely, you’ll notice that when younger people just barely have their mouths open they naturally show their top teeth, giving them a sort of natural and effortless smile,” he adds. Also called the smile surgery, this procedure is very popular especially in Korea and the number of people who have had it in the U.S. has doubled in the past year. For a whopping $30,000, Toby’s frown has been turned upside down and transformed into a “perma-smile.”
In the past five years, Toby Bieber – as his friends now call him, has undergone various cosmetic procedures which add up to a staggering $100,000 in bills. But having so many invasive surgeries was not easy. He recalls that his smile surgery took more than a month to recover from, and that after his eyelid surgery, he couldn’t open his eyes for a week. However, he believes it was all worth it. “Between our similar hairstyles, baby faced smile and overall youthful appearance I finally look like Justin Bieber and I couldn’t be happier about it,” he says. Yet he still thinks there is room for improvement. “I know there is more work to be done in order to make a full transformation into Justin Bieber’s doppelganger like a nose job and jaw reduction, which my surgeon has suggested,” the wanna-be Bieber clone adds. However, Sheldon is content to look like a weird 15-year-old boy and to no longer be able to buy liquor without showing his ID.