By Rafaela Kuznec @RafaelaKuznec

AN ARGENTINIAN man has spent over $30,000 on cosmetic procedures in a bid to transform himself into his idol, Michael Jackson

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Leo Blanco, from Buenos Aires, who performs as a Michael Jackson impersonator for a living, has undergone more than 11 plastic surgeries and numerous cosmetic procedures.

However, the 22-year-old admits he is still not content with his look and is going under the needle again.

He told Barcroft TV: “Once you start with the surgeries, there's no limit.

“It’s impossible to have just one or two surgeries done, you want more and more."

Leo had two otoplasty surgeries - to reshape his ears - three liposuction surgeries, four rhinoplasty surgeries, and two hyaluronic acid and botox applications to enhance his cheekbones.

He said: “I spent around 30 000 dollars. It was not what I imagined but to reach my dream, it's worth it.”

The artist, who has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram, said he has struggled with self-esteem issues from a very young age.

Leo said: “I've never had many friends at school.

“I thought that there is something wrong with me and that I had to form my body, so I went to the gym and I bleached my hair blond.

“Despite being muscular and blond, I have never managed to connect with pupils of my age.

“I can say that today I'm surrounded by people who I love and not with people that the high school imposes on me.”

Following his most recent procedure, a mandibular contouring which will give him a more square, masculine chin and jawline, Leo plans to have many more procedures in his quest for his ideal look.

He said: “I think there are three surgeries missing on my nose, and for sure the chin.

“I'd like to have my eyebrows a bit more lifted up, this could be done by getting injections.

“I'd like to get a face lifting, although all the surgeons refuse to do it because they say I'm not old enough.

“It's a constant fight between what my parents want, what I want and what the surgeons are willing to do.”

Leo’s mother, Adriana Caruso, admitted that she is concerned about her son’s obsession with the late King of Pop and his continuous surgeries.

She told Barcroft TV: “I approve of him being a fan of Michael Jackson and impersonating him, but the plastic surgeries?

“I am worried because he talks about surgeries so relaxed as if he was going to a hairdresser, but I fear a lot that he is going to die in one of the surgeries.”

The 22-year-old became infatuated with the singer when he was still a kid.

He explained: “Michael Jackson is much more than an artist for me.

“I watched Michael constantly, I listened to him, I felt him. I felt his essence so this way or the other I absorbed his way of expression, his aesthetic preferences and it was very painful for me to look different than him, so eventually I said, ‘Why not?'

“I like to think that I am a paste, something that I can mould, something that I can decide about, not satisfy myself with the face that destiny gave me.

“I can decide how to live and look like. “

“Every surgery is the next step to my objective.”

Dr Julieta Spada, who performed the mandibular contouring, said that the injections would help Leo get closer to the look of his idol.

She told Barcroft TV: “This kind of procedure is very common. It's part of almost every day of my professional activity.”

Speaking before Leo’s facial and mandibular contouring, the doctor, of Dermatología y Estética in Buenos Aires, said that the results of the injections would be visible instantly.

After the procedure, Leo revealed he was pleased with the results and added: “I'm curious how people who are waiting to see the change are going to react.”

And Leo vowed to continue his aesthetic ideal to look like Michael Jackson.

He said: “I feel that the body is a container and I can modify it in an artistic way. Just like when I see a white wall I feel like doing graffiti, to paint, to mark it, the same happened to me with my body.”