30 March 2008

The Double D Scalp?

If April 1 hasn’t come came early for the Mail on Sunday then it would appear that the world of cosmetic surgery has found another way to make people part with their cash. A Spanish surgeon has found a way to add up to two inches (5cm) to a person’s height using a silicone head implant.

Dr Luis de la Cruz developed the procedure to help people who would normally be too short for jobs with a minimum height. He claims would-be soldiers, police officers, air hostesses, models and fire fighters are queuing up for the surgery at his Madrid clinic. During a 90-minute operation an incision is made in the side of the head and the implant squeezed in between the skull and the scalp. Patients are usually released from hospital the next day. and the only sign they have had surgery is a small scar and a wallet that is lighter to the tune of at least £4,000

Dr de la Cruz, 47, has already carried out the operation on 17 patients. He said: "It is a relatively simple procedure that can have a wonderfully positive effect on the patient's life. Like most good ideas it came to me in a flash. I was approached by a young woman who had always dreamed of becoming an air stewardess. She was rejected for being half an inch too small and asked if there was any technique to add to her height... The woman who sparked my interest was the third to have it done. She is very happy with the result and is now an air stewardess."

The Clinica La Luz in Madrid is thought to be the only place in the world where the operation is performed. But people with long, thin heads are advised against the surgery as the result can look odd.

Ah the modern world! Does this mean the end of shorter folk wearing platform shoes and top hats?

14 comments:

The Lone Beader said...

A head implant?? Now I've heard everything.... :/

jmb said...

You see there is a solution for everything. Two inches sounds as if it would make quite a difference to the shape, although you could hide it under the top hat.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Jams - that's just plain sick.

Nunyaa said...

Ha , you have got to be kidding, now they need a procedure to help people with oversized heads Lol ;-)

jams o donnell said...

My initial thoughts were that this was a premature April Fools thing. On the other hand, in the world of cosmetic surgery anything is possible.

I can only imagine what it actually looks like!

Liz said...

You'd have to be a policeman then so you could wear the helmet to hide your funny-shaped head!

The Freelance Guru said...

All I can think of is that movie coneheads.

CherryPie said...

I can't believe people would really have that done!

jams o donnell said...

That or a guardsman Liz... Having a 2 inch implant must look very strange indeed!

That sprung to my mind too Guru.

I find it hard to contemplate too Cherie!

Colin Campbell said...

If Sarko did that, his wife could wear high heels.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

All my dreams have come true, I'm now an air stewardess.

Really? Being a stewardess is someone's life-long dream? And they're willing to undergo surgery to make it happen? Whoa.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I have a great-uncle that was refused entry to the Police Academy because of his diminutive height.

It would have been disastrous to have him as a police officer because he has a hare-trigger temper.

And he suffers from an extreme bout of Napoleon Syndrome. :)

jams o donnell said...

Haha Colin.. On the other hand I thought beign a politician made their heads expand a good yard...

I felt the same EWBL. In fact I would cut 8 inches off my legs to avoid being one! As for your great uncle perhaps it was for teh best in teh circs

Anonymous said...

I think it's fantastic. All plastic surgery is pretty weird when you think about it, why is this any different? I've often thought how wonderful it would be to have an implant for the top of the head to enhance the shape. So many women try so hard to get a little height to their hair with teasing it to give it a pretty shape and this would be the perfect solution.