A 33-year-old Russian mother and her 8-year-old son died tragically after she jumped to her death while holding him, a decision that she claimed was provoked by her husband incessantly “oinking” at her. Anna Ozhigova allegedly grew so depressed by a botched plastic surgery and her estranged husband’s taunting that she ended her life – as well as that of their son, Gleb.
Police say that the tragic incident took place at a high-rise apartment in the large Siberian city of Omsk, the building where Ozhigova’s parents’ live. Her son is thought to have been sleeping in her arms at the time and his body was found close to hers.
The Russian Investigative Committee found a suicide note that explained her motives behind the murder-suicide: Ozhigova had let her plastic surgeon convince her to get rhinoplasty, and the resulting look of her news prompted husband Oleg Ponomarev to relentlessly tease her.
“The surgeon convinced me that my nose didn’t suit me,” Ozhigova wrote in a message to a friend on social media. “He was saying he would change the shape just one millimeter.”
Instead, Ozhigova claimed that the doctor deformed her nose so much that she could no longer smile without feeling embarrassed. “My nostrils are now as big as if I were a pig,” she confided, “and moving apart. My smile is now a frown because he removed muscles above my lip and changed something.”
Worst of all, Ozhigova claimed, was her husband’s reaction: “My husband is oinking when he sees me… He says it was stupid to do this surgery. I can’t accept the idea that I’m going to be like this forever. I have his child, and I live for him.”
The growing rift between Ozhigova and Ponomarev led to the dissolution of their marriage, friends claim, and the embittered couple were heading towards a nasty divorce battle. Ozhigova allegedly feared that Ponomarev was about to gain full custody of eight-year-old Gleb – the fact that potentially led to the boy’s untimely death.
“I wanted happiness, kindness, and peace for Gleb. But he’s growing up in anger,” read an excerpt of the forlorn mother’s suicide note.
While plastic surgery is meant to improve our self-confidence by eliminating the problems that we perceive on our own bodies, a growing body of research has emerged that suggest that the results of doing so could be far more dangerous than anticipated.
A study published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery showed that women who get breast implants are THREE times as likely to die by suicide than woman who don’t go under the knife. Another study published in Psychiatry drew a firm connection between plastic surgery and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a phenomenon that convinces sufferers that some part of their body is irreparably flawed and causes them to go to obsessive lengths to fix or hide it.
Researchers who have tracked cosmetic surgery patients since before they went under the knife found that it can have a diverse set of negative psychological impacts on people long after they leave the operating room.
One study followed 1,597 women from adolescence and had them fill out questionnaires concerning “cosmetic surgery, appearance satisfaction, mental health, risky sexual behavior, drug use and conduct problems.” The study found that depression, anxiety, and self-harm were solid predictors of future plastic surgery, while depression, anxiety, eating problems, and alcoholism were more common in those who had plastic surgery during the life of the study.
So what does this all mean? People who undergo plastic surgery should be fully aware that changing their physical appearance won’t cure underlying mental problems. Potential patients should also keep in mind that the results they envision in their mind might not exactly come to pass. There’s no denying that cosmetic surgery can bring certain people great happiness, but for others, it could literally be a death sentence.