If you could buy your ideal face or body, would you? As technology progresses, so have our ideas of beauty. MC investigates the often bizarre and extreme forms of beauty-related procedures out there.
It may start with one body part. A woman goes in for a tummy tuck after having kids. The surgery is successful, so she starts to consider a breast lift, nose job, or other procedures. Cosmetic enhancement via plastic surgery is so commonplace these days that you can even get something done during your lunch break. As we move into a world where the idea of beauty has become more and more extreme not to mention more easily within reach, how much is too much and what will people do to grasp their idea of perfection? We delve into the world of bizarre cosmetic enhancements and try to disseminate why natural beauty is almost a passé concept these days.
Giving A Little Boost
Gone are the days when a boob job was considered taboo and women would keep this cosmetic enhancement under wraps. There now exists women who shout about having breast augmentations as a gift to themselves or their significant others and nary a Hollywood celeb who hasn’t at least increased their cup size by one alphabet. There are also women who have taken things to the extreme, and having breast enlargements that are beyond the norm, where they have been advised to stop yet, seek out under-the-table plastic surgeons who would accede to their outrageous demands of larger-than-life chest enhancements. However, as our obsessions with having larger breasts have become the norm and accepted form of enhancement, there are now available, augmentations for other parts of your body.
Although less common that breast implants, there are options available for those who feel the need to boost the size of their butt, biceps, calf and pectoral areas. For these, solid silicone is used and although many plastic surgeons will refuse to perform a bicep implant there are those who are still willing to go under the knife and suffer the pains associated with these unusual forms of implant. As these areas are unusual, there are risks of infections and nerve or muscle damage associated with the implant movement, not to mention a lot of post-operative pain.
There is also the option of fillers that can enhance your appearance. Fillers are a lesser form of augmentation and the most common of these is Botox. However, instead of just your smoothening out wrinkles, the cosmetic gurus have found other handy uses for these. If you thought solving an uncomfortable shoe problem was simply swapping them for a pair of comfy flats, think again. Many women in cities like New York where heels are practically a staple are opting for dermal fillers for their feet. Fillers like Restylane are injected into the ball of the foot or the pad of the toe to give the feet a little extra ‘cushion.’ Perhaps, a safer and better option are gel insoles that can be removed at your convenience and don’t pose any permanent threat!
Another ‘filler fad’ taking the aesthetics world by storm especially in Asia is the ‘Love Band’ for the eyes, whereby a filler is injected into the lower tear trough to create a soft and feminine look when one smiles, similar to that of when a child smiles.
Face re-shaping or deconstructing of features
It’s been said that the more symmetrical your face is, the more attractive you are. Let’s face it, almost none of us have particularly symmetrical faces and to top it off, being blessed with beauty marks such as dimples or well-placed moles are also a rarity. For those brave enough to change their features permanently, these days it’s possible to change almost every part of your facial attributes such as:-
Eyes – Feel the need to give your peepers a pop? Then false eyelashes can now be made ‘real’ with eyelash transplants. Eyelash transplants work in the same way hair transplants work where hair is implanted to the eyelid and grown from there. In fact, these hairs may grow longer than you expect and will need to be regularly trimmed. As for your eyes themselves, eye colour implants are the new fad for those who want to permanently change their eye colour. A company called BrightOcular has developed artificial iris implants made of silicone that can be inserted into the eye. We reckon coloured contacts would be the safer bet!
Cheeks – Dimples may be one of the most attractive beauty marks one can be born with. Unfortunately, most of us are not as blessed as Miranda Kerr or Cameron Diaz to have that attractive indent in our cheeks when we smile. Fortunately, there now exists dimple creation surgery where a tiny incision is made on the inside of your mouth to create an indentation. These look so natural that most can’t tell if it’s man-made or natural!
Mouth – Specially designed for those who suffer the effects of saggy skin around the lips, two types of cosmetic procedures that have emerged are the grin lift and upper lip lift. If the corners of your mouth droops as you age, causing you to look grumpy all the time, the grin lift will turn that frown upside down. Correspondingly, an upper lip lift will make sure the extra skin between the nose and upper lip is tightened with either a small surgical incision or by injecting fillers. In more ways to improve your smile, the gummy smile repair procedure will take care of overly protruding gums with an implant.
Ears – Fans of Spock or the elves in Lord of the Rings can opt to have their ears surgically altered to look pointed. Considered more of a fetish form of cosmetic enhancement, it is nonetheless bizarre that there is a market for those who want pointy elf-like ears.
Jaw – One of the most popular surgeries in Asia is called the V-shape face procedure. This includes cutting the bone in your jaw line and was developed to help those with dental abnormalities. The procedure is far more drastic and involves changing the entire facial bone structure. In South Korea where the beauty industry is booming, several celebrities have come clean and admitted that such a surgery has boosted their careers.
Celebrities who have gone under the knife:
Taking the Risk for Perfection
SF: Every surgery comes with risk and a price yet now, more than ever, plastic surgery is on the rise. With demand rising, more extreme and bizarre procedures have started to emerge. What makes us want more? Here are some reasons why people go down the cosmetic surgery road:
Correct a genetic flaw – Some of us may be born with abnormally protruding jaws or have weight issues associated to our hormones. In fact, cosmetic surgery was born out of the need to correct slight abnormalities in order to improve our health and to restore the proper function of certain parts of our body.
Reduce the signs of aging – We all want the fountain of youth and in these modern times, cosmetic surgery is the closest thing we can get to that sweet nectar.
Re-construction from external damage – Cosmetic surgery is sometimes needed to repair the damage done from circumstances. For instance, to help burn or accident victims or in less extreme cases, to improve damage caused from over-sun exposure or acne scars.
To get a social or career boost – Society is cruel and although we don’t like to admit it, beautiful people seem to get ahead in life easier. This is probably the reason why so many celebrities turn to surgery in order to lift their careers or why some mothers are now buying their teenage children cosmetic procedures so they may have an easier time navigating their way through school and social events.
Body dysmorphia –Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a psychological condition whereby the sufferer deems everything about their body inadequate. This leads to plastic surgery addiction that could permanently damage not just your body but your mind too.