How to Make Spock Ears

Have you seen those people who are changing the shape of their ears into pointy things that Spock would be proud of? Wait a minute, you say, what plastic surgeon would do that to people? Plastic surgeons commonly fix deformed ears and set back protruding ones. But I haven’t found a legitimate doc that will make your ears look elfy, or perhaps Spocky ... but there’s a whole world of lay practitioners willing to carve up your ears to make you look like something out of a Hollywood movie. All without anesthesia and proper surgical training.

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Have you seen those people who are changing the shape of their ears into pointy things that Spock would be proud of? Wait a minute, you say, what plastic surgeon would do that to people? Plastic surgeons commonly fix deformed ears and set back protruding ones. But I haven’t found a legitimate doc that will make your ears look elfy, or perhaps Spocky ... but there’s a whole world of lay practitioners willing to carve up your ears to make you look like something out of a Hollywood movie. All without anesthesia and proper surgical training.

But don’t you need a medical license to operate on people? You bet you do. Surgery is the field of medicine that involves cutting through tissues – manipulating them invasively. And even a real medical doctor who has not performed the 6 years of surgery training would have difficulty operating on ears. Cartilage is like a brittle plastic that can crack and warp when operated on, and it is very likely to get infected after any surgery. Plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists use meticulous technique when reshaping ears – antibiotics are administered and the skin and cartilage are washed in those germ killers. Bleeding is carefully controlled and the skin is repaired. 

Plastic surgeons treat ear operations with respect – so why would anyone let a non-plastic surgeon operate on their ears? There is an epidemic of ear deformities and actual loss of ears from cartilage piercing procedures – and those are child’s play compared to ear-reshaping procedures. 

The decision to change the shape of your ears is between you, your mother, and your psychiatrist. But the decision to allow non-physicians to operate on you is up to government. If procedures such as this are allowed, then why not go to a salon to have a mole removed, or get your broken arm set by your masseuse?

Blog written by Arthur Perry, MD, FACS
Dr. Perry has over 2 decades of experience as a clinical surgeon and has been named to the “Best Doctors in the NY Area” book...