These days getting surgery to look and feel better is more common than ever before. It’s the age of the internet, and social media might be playing a huge role in this. There are so many filters that make people’s faces slimmer and lips bigger.
And not to mention the marketing gimmicks of anti-aging products that make it seem like it’s not something natural that should happen – it all leads to one thing: unrealistic beauty standards.
It used to be just liposuction, facelifts, or breast implants. But now, things are stranger than ever. For example, you might know of people getting hair transplants, but did you know they get eyebrow and eyelash transplants too?
In a way, it’s incredible that the world has evolved in such a way that we can do whatever we want with our bodies. But when does it cross a line?
Join us to discuss some of the most bizarre surgical procedures you should know about.
You might have heard of breast implants or breast reductions in females. But did you know that in some cases, men, too, need to get their breast tissues removed?
That’s right – in a condition called gynecomastia, the male’s breast tissue expands due to certain medications, hormonal imbalance, or other factors. This can cause insecurities in some people, causing them to avoid normal activities like swimming.
Luckily, thanks to science, gynecomastia removal surgery is something they can opt for. It might sound strange, but it does wonders for a man’s confidence. However, it’s not the only option.
For example, if you’re not healthy enough to qualify for it, your doctor may advise hormone therapy or might alter your prescriptions or resolve any of the other potential underlying conditions causing it.
After seeing those models or athletes with the perfect six-pack, you, too, wish you had those, don’t you?
The good news is you can! With a proper diet and a regular workout routine, this is achievable. But if some people don’t want to work for it or are unable to, there’s a solution to that too.
A cosmetic procedure known as abdominal sculpting or etching can define those abs for you. During the surgery, the surgeon will perform a complicated liposuction procedure and some skin shrinking, giving you that chiseled and athletic abdomen you desire.
Some may argue about its ethical implications, but it’s nice to have the option, isn’t it?
Let’s talk about dimples. We see them; we love them. No one can deny how adorable they look on children and adults alike. They make a smile look extra special. But the fact is, not everyone is lucky enough to be born with this feature. Sure, we’d all like a smile like Harry Styles’, but if we can’t, what do we do?
That’s where dimpleplasty comes in. If you want to achieve that look, this cosmetic surgery can help you. During the procedure, a surgeon will create a small hole in your cheeks and use a suture to keep the dimples in place.
But, these artificial dimples might be visible at rest, which might look unnatural and weird.
In some parts of the world, like Japan, people put their futures into their own hands – quite literally.
Suppose you aren’t happy with what a palmist says; there’s a way to change that. How? Through surgery, of course.
This palm line surgery uses an electric scalpel to burn the existing palm lines on one’s hands – or create entirely new ones. So, if your hands aren’t showing a prominent love or wealth line, you can change that yourself.
Let’s take our chances.
Chubby cheeks are out these days, and angular, sharp facial features are in. All your favorite celebrities have this look. Generally, if you want your cheekbones to stand out and your cheeks to sink in, some weight loss can help.
But if you have a naturally round face, there’s not much you can do – except surgery, of course.
That’s why buccal fat removal has grown immensely popular. A surgeon cuts open your cheek from inside your mouth, exposes the fat pad, and cuts it out. After a period of healing, your face will look more angular and narrow, like Bella Hadid’s or Anya Taylor-Joy’s.
Belly buttons come in all kinds of cute shapes and sizes. Some may be inwards, some outwards. But an innie belly button is considered more aesthetically pleasing – and some people desire to have it.
A surgery known as umbilicoplasty can make this happen. This procedure is often performed to treat loose skin, hernias, or pregnancy-related changes.
Umbilical reconstruction may include reshaping or making a new belly button. It can be done as a separate procedure or as a component of a larger surgery, such as a tummy tuck or breast reconstruction.
The aim is for patients to have a belly button that they are happy and at ease with, especially when wearing revealing clothing like bathing suits.
Did you know some people wish to change the shape of their ears? If your ears stick out too far from your head, there’s a fix.
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a procedure used to improve the natural look of one’s ears. It involves repositioning the ears nearer to the head, fixing protrusion, and bringing them into a better relationship with the face through surgery.
The procedure takes about 45 minutes per ear and may be done in the office under local anesthesia for grownups or in the operating theater under sedation for children.
However, a distinct procedure known as ear cropping or “elfing” is a hit in the cosplay community. This procedure calls for removing tissue from the ears to form a pointed ear shape with a prominent tip – much like an elf or Spock from Star Trek.
To sum it up, getting surgery may be necessary to treat disease or to improve your health, but it is also used to boost your confidence, self-esteem, and body image. Getting an elective surgical treatment may be a personal choice, but usually, people don’t take these things lightly.
While some might question why people opt for these procedures and their effect on body image ideals, the results can be life-changing.
But most of all, these strange surgical procedures remind us that the quest for uniqueness, beauty, and personal change knows no limits. And as the medical field grows, who knows what’s coming? Only time will tell.