Tattooed Model Gets 3D Silicone Forehead Implants Under Her Skin
A heavily-tattooed model has splashed out on some silicone forehead implants to try and achieve the 'city cyborg' look.
Lina L, from Germany, who goes by the name of Cigno on Instagram, has spent more than $50,000 (£38,400) on tattoos, piercings and other body modifications.
In the past month, she's had silicone implants embedded under her skin. During the procedure, a scalpel is used to create an incision and the silicone implant is placed under the skin - once inside it creates a dramatic change.
She said: "I got 3D-Art Implants for my forehead (silicone ribs/spines) and chest (silicone circle) which were installed by Ian Bell with implant grade silicone designed by Steve Haworth, who invented the 3D-Art implant."
Lina said it took around one-and-a-half hours to complete and 'wasn't cheap', but is already planning more procedures in order to finish off her 'cyborg armour'.
She said: "I will get my tongue split and my ears pointed."
Lina packed in her corporate job in California earlier this year and is now a full-time model and artist and regularly shares photos of herself with her 81,000 Instagram followers.
She says her love of tattoos started back when she was a teen and dreamed of becoming a 'living canvas'.
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She explained: "I wasn't happy with myself and I decided I don't have to accept something if it doesn't contribute to my overall happiness.
"There are many ways to transform yourself. Technology, medical advancements as well as the art of body modifications make it possible to pursue my transformation - which for some people may seem extreme."
She credits her body modifications with making her feel more herself than ever.
She added: "I am feeling more myself in my daily life. The day I was able to let go of any fear of judgement for my individuality, it felt like I was finally able to express myself freely and confidently.
"I am part of a generation who teaches society to change their thinking, especially under the light of diversity. I do feel that I have to prove myself more so than others, but I have no problem doing so.
"It means I can contribute to our collective capacity to let go of and move past judgement, stigma and prejudice, and celebrate individuality with all its shades and colours.
"Self-expression means something different for any individual - the closer one comes with being who they truly want to be - the happier they are with themselves and the more accepting they will be of others."
Featured Image Credit: Jam Press