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Elf Ears Body Mod

Updated on April 9, 2011

Elf Ears - Cool or Weird?

Elf ears or fairy ears is a trend increasing in popularity today and performed by body modification (body mod) artists across the world. It may not be considered the most extreme in body modification. Though the elf ear surgery procedure has only been around the US for a few years it's certainly going to be a popular fad. Suffice to say many people fascinated with elf ears are seeking qualified body mod artists to help them achieve the ultimate elf ear mod.

It is a technique where body mod artists sculpt pointed ears by cutting into the tip of the ear's cartilage and sculpting a pointed ear. Keep in mind if you want elven ears you won't be able to get them through cosmetic surgeons. Today you can only have them done through your local professional body modification artists. Since they are not doctors, anesthesia or other medical pain killers are not provided. So yes, sculpting your ears to look like an elf will hurt because it requires the use of a scalpel.

The final result is an ear that looks completely pointed like prosthetic ears seen on Star Trek or the Lord of the Rings.

The Art of Scultping Elf Ears

The procedure for creating elf ears is actually quite simple for a well qualified local professional body modification artist. The procedure usually takes 20 minutes and one professional body mod artists charges $600 bucks for both ears. And you have to be 18 years of age before you can look like an elf. Of course you won't be able to do it on your own since there are no home kits for physically pointing your own ears. So don't even think about trying this one at home with a steak knife.

To make elf ears a body mod artists will first pinch the tips of the ears and mark where the skin and cartilage is to be sculpted. And again, this is done with a scalpel with no hospital grade pain killers. Then a V shaped incision is made into the skin and cartilage. There will be blood of course but it shouldn't be too bad.

Then the incisions are sculpted into a point and sutured tightly and then cleaned with a saline solution and bandage with a wrap to reinforce the structure of the newly pointed ears. Then the procedure is repeated with the other ear.

The most important part after the modification is of course keep the ear clean and as sterile as possible. It's kind of hard because the ear is mostly exposed and think about how difficult sleeping would be afterwards.

Another point (no pun intended) is to keep in mind that elf ears can become deformed through time and it is hard to reverse through cosmetic surgery.

Cool or Weird?

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    • Thundermama profile image

      Catherine Taylor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is a type of body mod I didn't even know existed. I support Whatever it takes to feel at home in your skin. Thank you for this informative hub.

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      6 years ago

      They do not need a real professional makeup artist to make elf ears. I happen to own a pair of temporary elf ears at home. They are quite easy to put on, and a kit for them and the other stuff you need is about 20 dollars.

    • Edwin Clark profile imageAUTHOR

      Edwin Clark 

      7 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

      Hi Karly-Jade, thank you for the kind compliment. Sorry to say that I don't have any recommendations. However I found this and maybe you can email them since they are in Australia too. Good Luck! and let me know how it turns out =)

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      7 years ago

      Hey there,

      I found your article pretty informing. I've been looking at getting these done for a little while now. Its been hard to find a surgeon to do it in Queensland [in Australia]. Do you have any you could recommend? That would be great.



    • Edwin Clark profile imageAUTHOR

      Edwin Clark 

      7 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

      Hiya Gus, true, very true. And maybe those who believe he wasn't born in the US have it right all along. What if he is actually from planet Vulcan and went to college with Mr. Spock?? =) Thanks for dropping by Gus!

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      Edwin - Several things about those ears come to mind. The first would be that no one should convince President Obama to have his ears so sculpted. He looks and acts goofy enough as-is. Another would be to be sure to have both ears whacked so that the body does not get overweighted to one side and comes to lean sideways. Walking through doorways leaning sideways may be difficult.

      Gus :-)))

    • Edwin Clark profile imageAUTHOR

      Edwin Clark 

      7 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

      Hi Tracy, they sure do. I just hope no one gets a serious ear infection even though I know they'll try their best to keep it clean after the modification.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      7 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I am really amazed at what people are willing to do their bodies!

    • Edwin Clark profile imageAUTHOR

      Edwin Clark 

      7 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

      Hello Londonlady. True. They can also save money by not hiring expensive make-up artists. Then maybe they can begin lowering the ticket prices for movies =D

      That reason alone I'm all for people getting elf ears!

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      Laura Writes 

      7 years ago

      At least this way, movie directors making movies that involve goblins and elves, will know how to solve their character dilemma.


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