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Big List: How to change your appearance

Big List: How to change your appearance

WEIRD WORLD: Want to have a deep voice and wear uncomfortable shoes for a long time? An implant here, a snip there – it’s all covered by the latest trends in plastic surgery.

By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Wednesday 7 August 2013, 05:20PM


The past two years have been good (or bad) for chins – depending on how you look at it. A 71 per cent growth in chin implants in the United States means that this new trend is outpacing breast implants, liposuction, and Botox combined. The procedure takes an hour or two and involves the insertion of an implant in a small slit in the chin. For just US$3,000 (B92,000) it’s on the lower end price wise.

Feet filler:

The same stuff that can go into your face can also go into the feet. Dermal fillers are being injected into the feet of women around the world to help provide comfort while wearing high heels. The extra cushion comes at a low price and lasts up to a year. The problem? Currently it is not approved by any medical governing body and some women have ended up using crutches after the procedure.



Yes this is a real thing. Dr Oliver Zong, a New York-based plastic surgeon, told a newspaper that he started his practice ten years ago when toe re-shaping procedures did not even exist. Now, he is successfully making a living off of slimming down people’s fat feet digits. The procedure costs about US$2,000 (B61,000) and swelling does not go down until about a month after surgery.

Voice deepening:

You too can have a voice like Darth Vader! Voice deepening happens in two ways: either by surgery or injection. The surgery involves the removal of a small piece of cartilage from the voice box and cannot be reversed. The second procedure, which is not permanent, involves the injection of fat tissue from another part of the body directly into the vocal chords. Either way, you’ll sound like James Earl Jones.

Earlobe lift:

As you might expect, earrings eventually bring trauma to the earlobe by causing elongated holes, torn lobes. But for just US$650 (B19,000), you can have volume and strength added to your luscious lobes with an injection of dermal fillers and a small surgical procedure that removes a wedge of tissue. If the eyes are the window to the soul, the ears must be the chimney – and you need them to look nice.

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