A 25-year-old man from Buenos Ares, Argentina, has spent over $30,000 on surgery to look like a real-life elf (video below).
Luis Padron has undergone cosmetic nose surgery, body hair removal, liposuction on his jaw and other procedures, notes the Daily Mail.
In addition to surgery, Padron spends over $5,000 every month on special creams, dyes, treatments and SPF 100 sunscreen so that his pale skin does not tan, reports The Sun.
Padron told the Daily Mail that he plans to continue getting surgery until he is "transformed" into an elf:
I want to be an elf, an angel and a fantasy being, my aim is to look inhuman, ethereal, graceful and delicate. I have my own beauty ideal and want to achieve that no matter what.
I want to have my ears cut to become pointy like an elves, my jaw to look more sharp like a diamond, a face-lift and an eye-lift to give my eyes a cat-like shape.
I am also consider having muscle implants too. There's also a surgery to make you taller and I will remove four of my ribs too, so that I can shape my waist to make it thinner.
Padron went on to explain why he considers himself to be "trans-species":
People have stared at me ever since I was a teenager, so it's very normal to me now. I like people staring at me and don't care what they think. Even when I'm not dressed up like an elf people stare at me. I have had long white hair for five years, I use larger contact lenses and I am very tall.
I use make-up to enhance my features so they are more angelic and wear clothing that's more stylish or antique. I consider myself trans-species, in the same way transgender people feel, I need to become how I feel inside, I don't expect people to understand but I ask they respect it.
The fantasy genre makes me happy and because I didn't have many friends when I was younger I submerged myself into it.
Padron recalled how he was bullied during his younger years:
I was bullied as a child and as an escape I would submerge myself in fantasy movies like "Labyrinth" and "The NeverEnding Story," as well as other fantasy tales.
Over time things changed, older teens liked me because I was unique and that's what encouraged me to start turning what I felt on the inside into a reality. I started with cosplay but it wasn't enough, I wanted to change to become my own perception of beauty.
Padron said that he decided to look like an elf when he was 14 years old, and had plastic surgery for the first time at age 20.
Padron explained how his elf journey includes a painful medically-unapproved procedure that is supposed to change his eye color from brown to blue:
It was without anesthesia, was very painful and meant I had to use eye drops and extremely black sunglasses, essentially I became like a vampire with extreme photosensitivity. At first even watching stars in the sky was painful but three days later they felt normal again.
I don't know how they affect my sight in future. It hasn't turned to a crystal blue color yet unfortunately they are currently a grayish color, but I'm still hopeful as I have four more sessions left.
Padron has made money appearing at events as an elf, and says he considers his experience to have been a positive one:
I don't consider this an obsession, but in fantasy you have all of the hope, love, friendship and good feelings. This helps me to feel like a good person but in fantasy you have to be beautiful not only on the inside but the outside too. This has changed my life for good in so many ways, I can't even begin to describe it.