Although leeches are often rated high on the gross-out scale, they’ve recently become famous for their medicinal uses – and, specifically, as the medicinal saviors of cosmetically enhanced noses. Watch out, world, leeches have turned mainstream with “hirudotherapy.”

Many plastic surgery procedures in which there is a compromised blood supply – or, rather, a build-up of deoxygenated blood – can be potentially alleviated with leech therapy. One particular subspecialty of plastic surgery, microsurgery, is particularly suited to using leeches.