It’s not uncommon for a plastic surgery patient to want the lips or the nose of her favorite celebrity. But how does a fictional character fit into that equation? What about one that’s not really human? Some diehard fans of movies and television shows like “Lord of the Rings,” Avatar” and “Star Trek,” are taking their love of characters to the extreme and modifying their bodies to look like them. Specifically, many are having their ears surgically reconstructed to look like elf ears.
In a recently-posted YouTube video, model Melynda Moon discussed her decision to have her ears shaped similarly to those of elves in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” films. In the video Moon said despite criticism from family and friends, she decided to have the surgery because she liked the look of an elf ear.
Moon is not the first person to have this type of procedure, as many sci-fi and fantasy fans have posted pictures of their changed ears on multiple internet forums. It’s unclear, however, if this is truly the latest trend in cosmetic surgery or something being done among a select group of people.
In an interview with the Orange County Register, Encino, California-based plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Persky said that elf ears seemed like an obscure fad.
“Fortunately we are not seeing many elf ears here in Encino, or around town in Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles,” Dr. Persky told the source. The vast majority of plastic surgeons will not perform the surgical procedure because it is deforming […] and is very difficult to reverse.”
Other surgeons interviewed in the article were skeptical that there were board certified plastic surgeons who would agree to do such a procedure.