By Rhys Branman, MD
Fun? Frivolous? Fanatic? Fox News, ABC News and Good Morning America have all reported a bizarre new trend in cosmetic surgery: Elf Ears! The surgery is to make the patient’s ears pointy. How did this happen? Among Geeks and Gamers it has apparently been a trend for a couple of years. Yep, it’s called “elfing.”
This is how the surgery is done. The cartilage on the top of the ear is cut, and then sewn together creating a point. The point can be subtle or more obvious, depending on what the person wants. Not an implant, the process of getting elf ears is irreversible. Don’t change your mind! Another danger of getting elf ears is the danger of infection, which can have you lose an ear in a few days. Dangerous deformity of the ear is also possible.
People who get this surgery say they are expressing themselves. But why an elf? People into science fiction? Spock? The Elves from Lord of the Rings? The lovely Liv Tyler has influenced young women as the beautiful Elfin princess in Lord of the Rings movie. Elfin ears are all the rage among some fantasy and science fiction fans. Most of these procedures are being done by body modification artists, tattoo artists and piercers. However, there are also surgeons doing the procedure, and unlike the body modification artists, the surgeons are licensed to use anesthesia. One doctor claims the ear surgery enhances listening to music! Dr. Lajos Nagy, a Hungarian Doctor practicing in New York invented the surgery and made that claim. It seems there are “faun clubs” (you know Fauns? Like in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie? Those half goat, half human creatures?), where only pointy eared patronage are permitted. On his website, Dr. Nagy gives a short history of Elfin Ears pointing out that the ” fauns have become abstract figures famous for their mystical, voluptuous and passionate character, enchanting anyone in their environment.” I’m not sure the surgery can guarantee this type of personality change, however.
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