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Most of us at some point or other have wondered what life has in store for us in the future. Some of us are so eager to find out that we sometimes turn to our trusty Magic 8 balls, fortune cookies or even fortune tellers to gain a glimpse into the future and help us determine if we are making the best decisions for ourselves in the present.

One particularly popular method of fortune telling that has captured the interest of many here in Chicago – as well as throughout the world – is palmistry, more commonly referred to as palm reading. Palmistry is an ancient practice that is believed to have originated thousands of years ago in India, with influences from the ancient Hindu Sanskrit and I Ching languages, as well as Gypsy fortune tellers.

When an individual gets their palms read, the many lines and mounts (bumps) appearing on the person’s hands will be evaluated to determine their character and future. For several of us who indulge in palm reading, the results may be taken with a grain of salt and the entire process is more of a form of entertainment than anything else. But for others, especially residents of Japan, the results of a palm reading are extremely important. So important, in fact, that many Japanese palmistry enthusiasts are now trying to defy their fate by changing their palms through plastic surgery in order to obtain a more positive fortune.

For about $1,000, Japanese residents can change their palms – and fates – by altering different lines. Some choose to lengthen their life lines to increase health, vitality and general well being, while others opt to add lines to their hands, such as marriage or money lines, in hopes their luck will change.

Any of these requests can be taken care of in about 15 minutes by a plastic surgeon using an electric scalpel. A regular scalpel or laser will not work because the palms will heal and the lines will not become permanent. It takes about a month for the hands to heal, and for many, provides a sense of control over their fate.

So, if you want to live longer, find love or make more money, you can easily do so with the help of a Japanese plastic surgeon who has some basic knowledge of palmistry to ensure you don’t end up with an unfortunate fate.

While an American plastic surgeon might chuckle when a prospective patient tries to explain they want to undergo surgery to alter their hands because they think it will change their future completely, plastic surgery to improve the overall appearance of the hands is not uncommon at all.

Some patients undergo reconstructive hand surgery to improve medical conditions, such as Carpal tunnel syndrome, which causes pain, weakness and tingling of the fingers due to pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, Rheumatoid arthritis, a disabling condition which causes extreme inflammation of the joints, or Dupuytren’s contracture, characterized by scar tissue bands which form within the palm.

Others opt for strictly cosmetic treatments, known collectively as hand rejuvenation, which improves the overall appearance of the hands. The process involves injecting Botox or other dermal fillers into the hands to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

If you have considered hand surgery for either cosmetic or medical purposes, turn to Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Otto Placik today at Body Sculptor to determine the best procedure.

Author: Dr. Otto Placik

Dr. Otto Placik is a Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago, a leader in the field of body sculpting, and is recognized for his artistry in a wide range of modern cosmetic enhancements.


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