They Did What? 9 Totally Wacky Plastic Surgery Procedures

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    The pursuit of beauty and agelessness is as old as time, but some of the things that people are willing to do to achieve their version of beauty are just... well ... wacky. It's one thing to spend thousands to look like your favorite celebrity — a bad idea even assuming your favorite celeb is a total knockout. However, it's quite another to have your ears molded to resemble your favorite Lord of the Rings character.

    Here are our picks for the 9 wackiest plastic surgery procedures we've heard of (to date):

  • 1. Engagement Hand Lifts

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    By Jim Harper [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

    He finally put a ring on it and now you want everyone to see. To make sure their hands look as good as the sparkler, many brides-to-be are opting for hand rejuvenation procedures to create the perfect "engagement selfie." Procedures such as intense pulsed light, chemical peels and other light- or energy-based therapies can diminish the appearance of sun spots and age spots. Injections of soft tissue fillers can plump up the hands so you don't see any veins or wrinkles.

    Cost: Likely less than the ring, but can be as high as $1,200 depending on whether you need a tune-up or a full-on hand overhaul. (Yes, most people treat both hands, not just the one with the bling.)

  • 2. Joint Unloading

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    Most of us are bothered by pockets of unwanted fat — maybe in the belly or under the chin — but some people just can't get past their cankles or knee fat. "Cankles" describes the area where the ankles and the calf meet. If you are too chubby down there, the calf and ankles just sort of blend; thus the name, cankles. To the rescue? Liposuction — which is likelier an easier fix than some of the exercises to build your calf muscles or lose knee fat.

    Cost: $2,000 to $5,000

  • 3. Toe Tucks

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    After spending big bucks on a pair of traffic-stopping Louboutins or other pricey designer shoes with pointy stiletto toe boxes, many women are opting for procedures to slim their toes — usually with liposuction. Some women are so desperate to look sexy in slinky shoes that they actually go so far as having a toe removed — usually the pinky.

    Cost: Who cares? Having 10 toes is priceless in our book.

  • 4. Dimples To Go

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    Our collective obsession with Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's looks — including her perfect dimples — has also led to a rise in dimpleplasty, which is exactly what it sounds like... plastic surgery to create dimples. The surgeon makes a tiny incision in the skin to create a small depression, and then uses a stitch to hold the underside of the skin in place. The scar tissue supports your new dimples long after the stitch dissolves.

    Cost: around $2.000

  • 5. Elf Ears

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    While many people (often children) have ear reshaping surgery to put a stop to bullying or teasing, a few seem to be inviting ridicule by requesting surgery to achieve elf ears. During this fringe procedure, a small triangle is cut out of the ear and the remaining part is stacked together in a V shape. Canadian model Melynda Moon did it so her ears look like a character from "Lord of the Rings."

    Cost: Around $1,800, but unlike some other wacky procedures, this is permanent, so Lord of the Rings worshiper beware. Your obsession with Gandalf may be fleeting but your pointy ears will be forever.

  • 6. Bagel Head Mania

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    Media reports suggest that women and men in Asia favor saline bagel-shaped injections on their forehead. Yes, you read that correctly. This is just one example of the Japanese "body modification" art scene. A doctor injects about 400 cc of saline salt water to create a forehead-sized mound and then places his or her thumb into the mound to create the indentation or bagel hole. Voilà: it's a bagel. It usually deflates in about a day as the body absorbs the salt water.

    Cost: Reportedly not much, but isn't even $1 too much to spend for a bagel head. Just saying.

  • 7. New Cruise Wear: Vacation Breasts

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    A New York City plastic surgeon is reportedly developing a procedure that allows you to rent bigger breasts for about two weeks — the approximate length of a tropical island getaway. The procedure involves injections of saline (salt water) directly to the breast instead of via implants. As of now, the "insta-breasts" last for 24 hours a shot, but a new formulation may allow them to last longer. Stay tuned.

    Cost: 24-hour breasts cost up to $3,500, which is more than some vacations. Vacation breasts may be less expensive.

  • 8. Hot Calves ...To Boot

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    Winter foot fashion is usually all about the boots. And this year's must-have boots are designed to hug your curvaceous calves. This can accentuate your sexy lower legs — unless you have "boot bulge." Many women are opting for liposuction to get rid of unwanted fat in the calves so that they can sport stylish boots this winter.

    Cost: Likely several thousand dollars, and recovery isn't short or particularly sweet.

  • 9. Blow-Out Booster

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    Botox can make your blow-outs last even longer!

    You understand the dilemma: You only can allot so much time and/or disposable income toward your weekly blow-outs, but you also can’t miss your favorite indoor cycling or hot yoga classes.

    What’s a girl to do?

    Botox injections to the rescue.

    This miracle toxin is already approved to stop excessive underarm sweating, and has been used off-label to stop sweating elsewhere (namely the palms), so it’s not too much of a stretch to think it can do the same for scalp sweating. (If you are an exerciser, you know how a sweaty head can really undo a blow-out — even a Brazilian one). You will, however, need anywhere from 150 to 200 injections to get the desired result. (Ouch!)

    Cost: It costs between $1,200 to $1,500, and will have to be repeated every few months. Blowouts cost about $30 to $90 depending on where you live and how long your hair is.. Do the math before you schedule your appointment.


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