6 Plastic Surgery Procedures You Didn’t Know You Could Do

Jager Weatherby on 16 Jun 2014 at 9:00am

Procedures You Didn't Know You Could Do
Beyond Productions for National Geographic

There are millions of women (and a rising number of men) spending billions of dollars on transformative beauty procedures each and every year. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, more than $12 billion dollars was spent on surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2013 alone.

Of course, there are certain forms of plastic surgery that everyone’s familiar with — things like breast augmentation and rhinoplasty, to name a few. But did you know that you can also shorten your forehead, shrink your cankles, and smooth your chin divots? You can even undergo the latest Japanese craze and add a temporary “bagel” to your face. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Here’s a rundown of six cosmetic procedures you never knew you could ask for.

1. Forehead Reduction

Forehead Reduction
Courtesy of Dr. Gal Aharonov

For anyone unhappy with a long forehead, there is an option. Forehead reduction (also known as hairline lowering) is designed to balance the proportions of your face, correcting congenital high hairlines or elevated foreheads resulting from other surgeries.

An incision is made at the hairline and the scalp is pulled forward, so that existing hair follicles are positioned at the surgical scar. This means your hair can grow through the scar, essentially hiding it and letting you style your locks like normal.

While this procedure can be performed for age-related balding and alopecia, patients with these conditions are advised that hair replacement surgery is the preferred method for restoring a full head of hair.

2. Cinderella Surgery

Are your high heels too cramped for your toes? If you're hoping to feel more comfortable in your Louboutins, now you can have your toes surgically shortened and fat injected into the bottom of your feet.

ABC News reports that the procedure (also cleverly nicknamed the “Loub Job”) involves dislocating the toe and sawing out a two-millimeter chunk of bone. Doctors then insert a titanium rod to bring the shortened bone back together. Consumers are also plumping up their soles by injecting fat which has been liposuctioned from their stomach, essentially creating a permanent Dr. Scholl’s insert.

A word of caution, however: These foot-fixing procedures may result in scarring, permanent nerve damage, or chronic pain. Make sure to consult a podiatrist or specialized doctor, as many plastic surgeons do not perform these procedures.

3. Hand Lift

As more and more women announce their upcoming weddings on Facebook and Instagram, the “engagement ring selfie” has become the new way to declare that your beau #PutARingOnIt. Yet despite the happiness of getting engaged, it’s also stirring up some major insecurities.
Engagement Ring Selfie
Lauren Conrad on Instagram

Hands are one of the first parts of the body to age, so it’s no surprise that they’ve become the latest star of the cosmetic world. “As we age, the skin on the hands can lose fat, becoming more thin and bony with prominent veins and wrinkles,” says dermatologic surgeon Ariel Ostad.

Enter the hand lift: a non-surgical procedure which takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Doctors inject synthetic fillers like Juvéderm or Radiesse under the first layer of the skin to instantly smooth out wrinkles and plump the skin. Patients can move their hands immediately after the procedure, and results should last anywhere between nine months to a year. (We hear those iPhones snapping as we speak.)

4. Cankle Liposuction

You might be surprised to learn that short, thick ankles (otherwise known as “cankles”) can actually be addressed with liposuction. Some surgeons have seen success with this technique, designed to remove excess fat from the lower leg for a slimmer, sexier silhouette.

However, the ankle area is delicate, and this procedure is not widely performed. In an interview with NBCNews.com, Omaha-based dermatologist Joel Schlessinger explains that “the ankle is a tough area. There's not a lot of fat there, but there are a lot of nerves and blood vessels, and the lymphatics that allow fluid to drain are somewhat less available in that area.” Translation: surgery on the ankles can lead to excessive pain, swelling, and prolonged recovery.

5. Golf Ball Chin

You know how your mother always told you that if you kept making that face, it would stick? Well, in some cases, it's the truth. Frequent frowners run the risk of developing  “golf ball chin,” a dimpled texture that results from too much chin-scrunching.

The good news is,  there's an option that's fairly inexpensive, as well as effective. “Botox and Dysport can be safely injected in the lower part of the chin to relax the mentalis muscle and create overall smoother skin in the chin area, with less pebbling and dimples,” said Miami dermatologic surgeon Leyda Elizabeth Bowes.

Keep in mind, though, many doctors have warned that the muscles may be weakened with injectables and the results might be difficult to maintain.

6. Bagel Head Procedure

Bagel Head Procedure
Beyond Productions for National Geographic

File this one under “bizarre, yet true.” A recent segment from National Geographic's Taboo spotlighted three people in Japan getting what’s referred to as the “bagel head.” The procedure involves saline being injected into the forehead to create a swollen area that's roughly the size of the baked good. Once the desired size has been reached, a “hole” is then created by pressing a thumb into the center of the swelling.

The “bagel head” procedure takes two hours to complete, and lasts just 16 to 24 hours. Once the body absorbs the saline (a process that’s supposedly entirely safe), the swelling disappears.

We're not exactly sure what end goal is here, but the subjects followed by Taboo were ecstatic about the results. “Oh sweet buttery bagels — I'm impressed!” one of them said after seeing himself for the first time. “I look delicious!”

Do any of these procedures grab your attention? Have you had an unusual surgery to correct a problem spot most people don't know about? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments!

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Please where can I get a doctor for an untreated craniosynostosis.... Am an adult 26...please some help me out. My email xxx@yahoo.com
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So I learned about another body modification that I thought was not possible: Permanent Colored Iris implants (NewIris by Dr. Delary Khan in Panama) are designed to permanently change the color of the eye. However, the reviews are poor on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T8HukjxpQg) and, unless you have ocular albinism, the surgery is not worth it because of potential complications.
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ya the permanent colored iris implants can lead to blindness: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/01/16/iris-implants.html definitely not worth that kind of a risk
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I think that the "bagel head" is more or less just one of those unique body modifications some people do for the adrenaline rush caused by altering their body temporarily. I'd put it in the same category as hook suspension and getting corset piercings. Not my cup of tea, but the reasons people give for trying them are always very intriguing!
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OMG OMG!! the article totally fails to mention the most interesting of the unusual cosmetic procedures!!!! Cosmetic limb lengthening!!!!!!!!! A huge boon to any man under 5'10 and the technology used in the surgery is just amazing!!!! please let me post this link of a youtube 20/20 report http://limblengtheningdoc.org/media.html !!!!!!!!! If the link does not post, just google "Dr. Paley cosmetic limb lengthening surgery". What an amazing procedure!
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Could we please invite Dr. Dror Paley to RealSelf? Perhaps he could ask some of his patients to start a review of the cosmetic limb lengthening procedure for us. I'd love to learn the details of the procedure from the patient perspective. Please please :)
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Thanks for the suggested video and also I like your idea about invitation of Dr Paley. I'm positive sure this will be really painful to read but well appreciated by many of us looking to improve our height. Thanks again
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I have to say...I didn't know about these procedures. The bagel head is making me hungry.
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