By David Moye
If you don't like your what your palm reader is telling you, maybe all you need is a new palm.
An appointment with Takaaki Matsuoka might be in your future. The Japanese doctor is a leading advocate of plastic surgery palmistry, wherein electric scalpels are employed to change the lines in a person's palm.
The idea is if a person's money line or love line is extended, they will presumably have better luck in those areas.
“If you don’t have the marriage line, it means you will most likely not get married. So the job of the doctor is to create a marriage line," Masuoka told the Daily Beast. "Sometimes the marriage line is there, but it came too early and the woman missed her chance. So we add another one.”
The operations cost about $1,100 and take about 10 to 15 minutes, plus one month recovery time for the new wounds.
Masuoka takes a hands-on approach and says it's important not to be too perfect.
“If you try to create a palm line with a laser, it heals, and it won’t leave a clear mark," he said, according to News.com.au. "You have to use the electric scalpel and make a shaky incision on purpose, because palm lines are never completely straight.”
Palmistry has never been proven to have any basis in reality, but Masuoka claims that some of the 20 patients who've had a yen for the operations have been lucky afterwards.
One woman allegedly had a wedding line altered and married soon after, while two other patients supposedly won the lottery after Masuoka did his hand jobs, TheStandard.hk reported.
However, at least one palm reader is skeptical.
Nala Saraswati, a palm reader and astrologer in Portland, Ore., said the lines on a hand can change on their own if, say, a person gets into a good relationship, but doubts that adding scars will have any effect on a person's fate.
"Changes in consciousness will change a hand, but I have a hard time believing this operation would make a significant difference," he told The Huffington Post. "It seems like quackery."
Dr. Barry Handler, a cosmetic surgeon in San Diego, said the surgery isn't worth the potential damage to tendons, nerves or arteries.
"It doesn't make any sense," he told HuffPost. "He's trying to purposely create a scar for no other purpose than making a scar that looks like a line."
Handler said that in a worst case scenario, a palm-changing patient might have their hand damaged so badly that it forms a permanent fist "and the patient can't hold a beer."
Handler doubts U.S.-based cosmetic surgeons will offer the procedure, but admits he's been wrong in the past.
"When I started up in 1999, I never thought I'd be doing labiaplasty," he said.