It’s been said that many plastic surgeries are the result of people seeking the perfect selfie to share on social media. Popular procedures in 2017 and 2018 include lip augmentation and eye filler. Even Botox is still hanging around as a common enough choice.
However, some less conventional body procedures are gaining steam thanks to social media. These are often quite a bit more drastic than a run-of-the-mill injectable procedure, and they’re often called body modification.
Here we’ll take a look at eight unconventional body modification procedures and what people are currently paying for them
1. Dimple creation
- Price: $1,500-$2,500
Nothing lights up a room like a charming smile full of dimples. And nowadays, those with dimple envy can pay to have dimples added to their chin or cheeks. This relatively simple procedure, called “dimpleplasty,” is done in around 30 minutes under local anesthesia.
Dimplepasty is performed on the inside of the cheek, and there are no scars or incisions on the outside skin. The price for dimple creation varies from $1,500 to $2,500, depending on whether you want one dimple created or two. Is it worth it? On RealSelf, 89% of those who reported having dimpleplasty said yes.
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2. Abdominal etching
- Price: $2,500-$5,000
Some people who want washboard abs but haven’t been able to obtain that look at the gym opt for abdominal etching. This surgical procedure improves the definition of the abdominal muscles.
The outpatient procedure usually takes no more than an hour under local or general anesthesia. An incision is made in the belly button, through which excess fat is removed along lines drawn by the surgeon. This sculpts the abs into the desired contours. The price of this procedure varies from $2,500 to $5,000. On RealSelf, 96% of those who had abdominal etching done said it was worth it.
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3. Tongue bifurcation
- Price: $1,000-$3,000
This one is popular among those who want to do something that’s drastic yet easy to hide. Tongue bifurcation is having one’s tongue split in half. It’s been described as like having a second tongue. Some brave souls who have opted in say they like having more control over their own body. With some practice, one can reportedly gain control over the individual sides.
The brief procedure takes only 10 to 20 minutes, by some reports. A surgeon cuts the tongue in the center from its tip to as far back as the underside base. The result is a forked look. For safety reasons, this procedure has been banned in Illinois, New York, Delaware, and Texas.
Creepy or cool?
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4. Belly button removal
- Price: $2,275
While some people pay to have their belly buttons modified (like making an outie into an innie), other choose to have them removed completely. The name for this procedure is navel nullification, and it involves skinning the navel down to its base. It’s said to be a very difficult procedure, and many surgeons choose not to perform it.
After navel removal surgery, recovery takes around a week. One’s belly will be quite swollen for some time. Risks include infections and scars. Anyone who undergoes this procedure can actually even choose to keep his or her belly button in a jar.
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5. Ear shaping
- Price: $2,500-$7,500
Some people who want to achieve a Tinkerbell look choose to undergo ear shaping. The procedure reshapes the ear through pointing, cropping, and amputation of various parts of it. Body modification artists perform this procedure.
The length of time both the surgery and recovery take depend on the extent to which the ear is modified. Other than Tinkerbell, the results have been described as looking like an elf or Spock from Star Trek.
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6. Palm line alteration
- Price: $1,000
Want your palm’s Life Line, Heart Line, and Head Line altered to change your fate? Some people who believe in palm reading have undergone a procedure to modify these lines. The belief is that the changes will improve one’s length of life, relationships, and mental capabilities.
The procedure involves an electric scalpel and takes 10 to 15 minutes. Typically, five to 10 lines on the palm are altered. It takes around a month for the wounds to heal. The surgery is increasingly popular in Japan and South Korea.
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7. Eye-color changing implants
- Price: $5,000-$7,000
Have you ever wanted to change your eye color but thought colored contacts were a hassle? Well, you now have another option from a company called BrightOcular: an artificial iris implant to be inserted into the eye. It can be used to cover eye abnormalities or simply to change the color for cosmetic purposes.
Color options include Ice Gray, Amber, Baby Blue, Sea Green, and Light Brown. The FDA has not approved iris implants, so those seeking them need to travel elsewhere. The procedure has been described by doctors as very risky.
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8. Eyelash transplants
- Price: $4000-$4,500
Some people who want fuller, longer eyelashes opt for eyelash transplants. Hair follicles can be transplanted anywhere, including eyelids. While some may choose the procedure for purely cosmetic reasons, others have it done after trauma such as from cancer treatment or burns.
For the delicate procedure, the donor hairs come from the scalp. Unlike natural eyelashes, the transplanted ones continue to grow as regular hairs do. As such, the new lashes typically need to be trimmed once a month.