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3 Procedures I’ll Never Perform

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, my job is to help people look their best through procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck, face lift, and liposuction. Long Island cosmetic surgery patients and those from across the country know that, while I’m all about keeping up with innovations in medicine and technology, I will never be one to offer “the latest thing” until I’m sure that it is safe, effective, and provides real benefits to my patients. Here are a few that will never be on my menu of services:

  • Elf ear surgery – Yes, you read that right. This involves cutting and re-shaping the cartilage of the ears to give them that pointy, elf-like or Vulcan look. Mainly performed on rebellious teenagers by “body modification artists,” no plastic surgeon in his right mind would offer this.
  • Toe shortening – Most of us are never going to get rich being foot models, but some people are so unhappy with their toes that they are willing to having one or more shortened through a very painful surgery. I believe that everyone deserves to feel good about themselves, but I would never put anyone through the pain and risk of foot surgery just to fix one less-than-perfect little piggy.
  • Dimple creation – Sure, dimples are cute, but are they so cute that you’re willing to risk infection, nerve damage, and loss of muscle control in your face for a tiny indentation that only shows when you smile?

These procedures are just plain silly, but they illustrate a couple of points. First of all, I would be hesitant to perform surgery on anyone seriously considering a trendy procedure. I would be concerned about the patient’s reasoning and whether he or she was of the proper state of mind to undergo surgery. Secondly, I would question the motives of any surgeon who was willing to jump on the bandwagon of unproven and marginally beneficial procedures.


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