Woman Gets Platinum Shaped Heart Implanted in Her Eye For Aesthetic Purposes

May 29, 2018 lilit 0 Comments

More and more people are beginning to accept body modification into their lives as society becomes more progressive. These days, seeing someone with a tattoo isn’t uncommon, and with new technology, other more advanced forms of body modification are now becoming available. Here, one woman decided she wanted to go a step further— by getting a heart-shaped implant embedded into her own eyeball.

Eye. Most doctors and experts (and probably your mom) would warn you not to put anything in or near your eye that doesn’t belong there. Earlier this year, a woman who got an eyeball tattoo nearly went blind after the ink caused an infection in her eye.

Implant. Yet for some reason, people continue to risk losing their vision for aesthetic purposes. Lucy Luckayanko recently went viral after she got a heart-shaped implant embedded into her eye by a New York City doctor.

Unique. "It's going to be a conversation maker. I will be able to tell people. It will be unique. It will be sort of my unique factor,” Luckayanko told Fox 5.

Jewelry. According to Fox 5, Dr. Emil Chynn is the surgeon who inserted the heart in the eye, all for a cool $3,000. After numbing his patient’s eye, Chynn made an incision in the eye and then proceeded to insert the piece of jewelry in it before sewing it back up.

Incision. "I'm going to take scissors and make a little incision and try to divide a pocket in between the sclera - the white part of your eye - and conjunctiva clear part of your eye,” Chynn explained to Luckayanko.

Jewelry. The procedure didn’t take very long, and Luckayanko was able to go home that same day. While the jewelry may look cool, is it actually safe? According to Chynn, yes. Despite it not being FDA approved, he believes there are no risks of the procedure.

Blindness. "It's a very thin piece of platinum that's designed for insertion on the top of the eye. It's not in the eye so there's no risk of blindness or anything at all,” said Chynn, as reported by the Mirror UK.

Bleeding. Chynn explains that worst comes to worse, the eye may bleed a little before completely healing. "She could have a little bit of local bleeding. That could go away in a couple days or couple weeks. She could have an infection but we'll prevent that with antibiotics,” Chynn continued.

Research. Chynn maintains that Luckayanko’s procedure was the first to have occurred in NYC, but that this is becoming a rising trend in Los Angeles and Europe. But no matter how safe some people say this procedure is, it’s important to do as much research as possible before going though with it.

Concern. "My concern would be that it might cause foreign body granuloma or scar tissue. The implant could also allow bacteria to get beneath the conjunctiva causing a serious vision-threatening infection or possibly erode the sclera, the white part of the eye,” said expert Wayne Bizer, as reported by the Daily Mail UK.

Advance. Despite all the naysayers, Chynn stands behind the procedure and maintains that it’s safe. "To me this is just another way to advance the science of ophthalmology,” he said, via Dazed.

Feedback. So how is Luckayanko healing after the procedure? She says there have been no problems so far, and that she’s gotten a mix of responses from people who either love it, hate it— or think she’s just plain crazy.

Mixed responses. "50 percent of my friends are like: 'What is it? Why do you need it oh my god are you crazy?' But 50per cent of my friends are like: 'Oh my god, it's super cool’,” Luckayanko continued.

Design. Like with any other piercing, the wearer has a choice of changing up the shape and design of the device. "You can switch from a star for Christmas, for example,” says Chynn. But be warned— this switch costs about $1,000.

Tattoo. Chynn’s NYC practice also offers up eye tattoos. "In order to ensure the best possible results, Dr. Chynn has coordinated with the top tattoo equipment manufacturer in NYC, to choose the highest-end, best tattoo machine, and a top tattoo artist to help him color-match the ink to exactly match the patient’s other iris color,” reads the site.

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