Having your ears surgically changed to look like an elf might seem extreme or unusual - but, why? At one point, cosmetic surgery like breast implants and butt lifts were seen as eccentric and frowned upon, but now they run on TV commercials and have billboards on highway.

Fusion met Melynda Moon and Sara Williams, the faces of mainstream body modification; women who have chosen to alter themselves to make them feel happier - and who hold valuable, contributing places in society.

But while these women might be accepted by their peers, the cosmetic surgery industry has yet to catch on, meaning that body modification artists can't - depending on their location - legally use anesthetic.

Credit: Zara Stone, Darwin Phillips, Ade Mangum

Also: Alicia Menendez Interviews Body Modification Guru Steve Haworth on Difference Between Body Modification and Plastic Surgery

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