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'The Dragon Lady'

Post by Admin on Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:57 pm

Body modification can be traced to many ancient cultures and today exists as a wide range of elective changes that can be made to the body's anatomy or physical appearance, including something as minor as an ear piercing, or as extreme as dermal implants and ear removal. Eva Tiamat Baphhomet Medusa, known by some as "the Dragon Lady," falls into the extreme category.

Tiamat, who was born in 1961 as Richard Hernandez, is transsexual and has spent the last 20 years undergoing extensive modification to appear more like a dragon. Tiamat, who prefers the pronoun "it," said its transformation, which has cost an estimated $60,000 so far, is paying tribute to the reptilians it pretended were its parents after its human parents abandoned it as a child.

"I was born to my human mother in the Phoenix area, but I was born to my reptilian parents when my mother and stepfather abandoned me to the woods," Tiamat, now located in Texas, told Fox 10. "My whole transformation today is basically an honor to my reptilian parents, which are the rattlesnakes- the Western Diamondback in particular."

Achieving the appearance of a rattlesnake has included subdermal implants, which were made to appear as horns; removal of ears; reshaping and removal of nose cartilage and septum; dying the whites of the eyes; full body tattoos; and dome implants along the eyebrows. On Facebook, Tiamat credits most of the work to Emilio Gonzalez, a body modification artist who has been associated with various tattoo studios and modification procedures.

Herein lies the trouble for Dr. Matthew Schulman, a Manhattan-based, board-certified plastic surgeon who has not treated Tiamat, and has not performed any of these procedures on his patients.

"In general, these can be dangerous procedures," Schulman told FoxNews.com. "We're modifying important structures of the body- the external ears serve a purpose to channel sound waves so hearing can be more efficient."

In previous interviews, Tiamat has not complained about hearing loss or complications stemming from removing his ears, but has complained about pain from the horn-like implants. Schulman surmised that if the implants occurred in tattoo parlors, or some other non-medical facility, the artist likely did not have certification or licensing to obtain or prescribe any anesthetics or painkillers.

"Body parts are removed because of trauma and cancer, and there's a whole field of reconstructive plastic surgery to rebuild these structures and restore normal function- the removal idea is something that no plastic surgeon is going to do," Schulman said. "The danger with that is people are going to do what they want to do, and it forces them to go down a different route such as having these [procedures] done by non-medical professionals in settings that may not be appropriate."

Properly sterilized equipment as well as antibiotics to fight off any infections can be a concern, said Schulman, who added that if any are available, it is likely to have been obtained through improper channels. It's also important to note that many of these procedures are irreversible. For example, Tiamat had its nostrils and septum completely removed along with any cartilage, and it chose to have the skin of the nose pulled down and reattached to the upper lip. It also had its tongue split to appear more reptilian.

"In terms of the ears and the tongue and the nose, those require major reconstructive surgery in order to recreate the structure. And even if we're able to do that, a lot of times it's more of a cosmetic repair- it's much more difficult to recreate or restore the function of the structure," Schulman said, later adding that splitting the tongue could cause complications with speech, chewing food and swallowing.

Part of Tiamat's finishing touches were to dye the whites of its eyes green. While it did not elaborate on what exactly the procedure entailed, Schulmann said it involves more than simply dripping dye into the eye.



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