Trend of “elf ear” body modification because people want to look like fantastic characters
Body modification has grown in popularity over the years.
On social media, people showed off their slit tongues, stretched ears, painful skin piercings, permanent horns and jaw-dropping tattoos.
And now body mod fans have gone wild for another extreme trend that will make you wince.
People have pointed ear surgery to look more like the elven characters you see in cartoons, fairy tales, and fantasy series.
Some also believe that the pointed shape can make the face look slimmer and more flattering.
The craze is particularly popular in China, where plastic surgeons have noticed an increase in customer demand in recent months.
A doctor at the Gaoshang Medical Cosmetic Center in Guangzhou City told the South China Morning Post that he performs up to six operations a day.
Apparently, the pointy ears are also considered a symbol of good luck in China.
But the craze has picked up in other parts of the world as well.
One of the biggest influencers with pointy ears is Luis Padron.
The Argentine publicist spent around £ 75,000 on body modifications in an attempt to look like a ‘real life elf’.
His surgeries include rhinoplasty, triple face and neck lift, cat eye lift and neck correction as well as eye color change.
But it was his sharp ear surgery that was one of the most painful operations.
He told the Daily Star: “It hurts forever! Cartilage has memory.
“But it’s not as bad as it sounds. They look sharp and funky so I’m happy with the result.
The 29-year-old, who now lives in California, has no regrets.
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He told us: “Since I was a child, I have used fantasy to face a harsh reality.
“I was a fan of movies like Labyrinth and Neverending Story, and I loved books on legends, mythology, etc.
“I just wanted to look like all of those things that made me happy.
“It started with flashy colored hair dye, then crazy contact lenses, then makeup… but I wanted more. Things pretty much escalated into what I am today.