Sometimes what people do for beauty amazes us.
Yes, you heard that right. According to ABC News, tons of people are going under the knife to slit the cartilage of their ears with the hopes of looking more elf-like. This pointed ear procedure is said to be incredibly painful and irreversible. Unlike a piercing, you’ll have these pointed ears for the rest of your life.
According to ABC News, the earliest form of stilettos was found in the tombs of ancient Egypt and date back to 1000 B.C. Heel lovers all over the world are opting for two surgeries that are said to make wearing heels more visually appealing and comfortable. Costing upwards of $3K, toe shortening surgery involves dislocating the toe, cutting off a two-millimetre piece of bone, and then sewing the skin back together. If it's comfort that you're in search of, doctors are able to liposuction fat from your stomach and subsequently add that fat to the bottom of your feet. Some of the side effects of these surgeries include permanent nerve damage, scarring, chronic pain, and even infection. Worth it?
Would you pay $2K if it meant you would lose weight? Would you still do it if it meant being in constant pain? According to Yahoo News, Dr. Nikolas Chugay introduced America to the tongue patch surgery in which plastic mesh, used for hernia repairs, is sewn onto the top of the tongue to make eating solid foods incredibly painful to deter the patient from overeating, or eating in general. While some patients lose up to 20 pounds, Dr. Rob Huizenga, a specialist in long-term weight loss, compared this procedure to having someone threaten to shoot you every time you eat.
We understand being self-conscious about crows' feet and laugh lines, but wrinkles on your knees? Come on! According to Daily Mail, there is a new non-surgical procedure to deal with your kninkles (a.k.a. knee wrinkles). For $500 and a surgery that could be done on your lunch break, the Vela Shape uses infrared light, vaccuum, and bi-polar radio frequency to heat the fat cells and underlying collagen fibres to remove the wrinkles. While this may seem like an answer to your knee prayers, many doctors are denying that this non-surgical procedure gives the same results in comparison to the surgical procedure of having liposuction on the area with a skin lift.
Have you ever wished you had green eyes? Instead of using coloured contacts, people are going under the knife to permanently change the colours of their eyes by inserting a coloured silicone disk on top of the irises. While it is illegal in Canada and the U.S., some Canadian doctors have had to treat patients who have gone outside the country to get the surgery and have had complications. One woman, Beatriz Murillo, travelled all the way to Panama and paid $8,000 to change her brown eyes to green--because of surgery complications this painter is now legally blind in both eyes even though the transplants have been removed!
This new plastic surgery trend from Japan and Korea has patients altering the lines on their palms. According to Daily Mail, this surgery, performed with an electronic scalpel to burn the flesh, is popular among patients who believe changing their palm lines will change their fate. This procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete and can include five to 10 lines being altered or lengthened. But, is drawing in an extra line really going to change the direction of your life? According to Dr. Matsuoka, some patients come back to him to tell him about how their lives have changed after the surgery, but he says that it could also be a placebo effect.
While belly buttons are seemingly pointless after birth, many men and women are turning to umbilicoplasty in order to change their outie to an innie. With most incisions inside the belly button itself, there is little scarring and the procedure is said to be fairly simple (and all around useless).
Brazilian Butt Lift
Why go to the gym when you can spend approximately $7,000 to have perfectly sculpted abs like Gwen Stefani's? According to Daily Mail, the procedure involves having fat sucked out of specific areas of the torso to give the illusion of toned abdominal muscles without having to work out to get them. While the result looks as though you have added a washboard under your skin, there are actually no implants involved in the surgery. The author of the Daily Mail article, Jodi Thompson, said it best “it makes it look like abs stencilled on a barrel,” especially depending on your size.