The cutting edge in cosmetic surgery is "elf ears" -- a makeover that will leave you looking like Mr. Spock from "Star Trek" or a hobbit. Another procedure uses blood to smooth out wrinkles. Get ready for the "vampire face-lift."
First, let's look at those ears.
"There's a lot of people out there who have an inner vision of themselves, and they want to express that to the world around them," Haworth told ABC News. "I'm very happy to be an artist that can provide that kind of work."
Basically, what Haworth does at the behest of his elfin-ear-desiring clientele is slice the top of the cartilage and sew the ends of it into a point -- at a cost of $600 and about 20 minutes of time.
Pointy ears first beamed into America's consciousness in the 1960s with Mr. Spock on "Star Trek." And they've only grown more popular thanks to leading roles in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and all-time box-office champ "Avatar."
But as cute as Santa's elves might look to the rest of the world, there's a downside to having your ears sculpted. Doctors warn against possible deformity or serious infections of the ear. Plus, the surgery is painful and irreversible.
If pointy ears aren't your cup of tea, perhaps you'd prefer to draw a cup of blood to help get rid of those pesky wrinkles that have been creeping onto your face.
A wrinkle-smoothing technology called Selphyl is being touted as the "vampire face-lift" because practitioners inject a client's own blood into wrinkled areas. Technically, it isn't a face-lift, because it's a nonsurgical procedure.
"I think this whole recent theme in the entertainment industry ... of vampire, Dracula themes, has definitely caused a lot of the interest out there," said Dr. Andre Berger of the Beverly Hills, Calif., Rejuvalife Vitality Institute.
A patient's blood is drawn and parts of it are blended with a fibrin mixture and then injected into the wrinkled area of the person's face or other parts of the body.
"What's nice about [Selphyl] is you're only using that person's blood," said cosmetic-laser surgeon Susan Stevens Tanne, at Cosmetic Laser MD in Livingston, N.J.
"It causes almost no bruising because it's a thin, watery liquid, and there's no allergy testing required since it's a person's own blood," she added.
The positive results of the Selphyl procedure last just over a year, but it's not recommended for all skin types, so it's best to check with your doctor ahead of time.
And while this vampire face-lift is considered safe by some doctors, others offer caution.
"Also, blood tends to cause an itch after-effect. Sometimes it causes burning or discoloration. You're injecting blood into a place where blood doesn't normally reside," Roth said.
A vampire face-lift, at around $1,500 per injection, is cheaper than a real face-lift.
And Roth isn't deterred by the procedure's popular name. "Vampires are hot right now. That's a sexy name, so it works."
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