When you think of plastic surgery, normally you think of things like breast enhancement, face lifts, or tummy tucks, but now cosmetic surgery has reached new lows (literally) in the form of cosmetic toe surgery.
As if women didn’t have enough to be neurotic about, with media and society telling us we all need to look like Kate Upton and Kim Kardashian, we have reached an all-new level of scary with the latest cosmetic procedure craze where women get surgery to slim down their toes, reports The Huffington Post.
With this new trend, however, it is not only women, but also men who are showing up at the offices of cosmetic surgeons, like New York-based Dr. Oliver Zong, to have the fat taken off their toes. ABC News reports that Zong, a podiatrist, states that one of his specialties is slimming down his patients’ fat toes.
Zong calls it “toe-besity,” and states he has been in practice for about 10 years, although to reshaping was unheard of when he began his practice. When people began asking Zong about the new cosmetic procedure, he recalled:
“When people first started asking, I said ‘What? We were mostly doing toe shortenings in the beginning.”
Now, however, Zong readily helps people like patient E.R., who hid his right big toe for years, because of its fatness. He stated, according to ABC News, that:
“I always had issues with it. It was one of those things that you’re just not comfortable with and try to hide it. The bone was pushing the nail up, and the nail curved up a little bit, so it was hitting the shoe.”
Following his surgery, the 37-year-old New Yorker was much happier, saying, “I already see improvement, and I feel so much more confident now.”
Not all podiatrists are for slimming and shortening their patients’ toes, however. Styleite notes that Dr. Hilary Brenner, who is also a podiatric surgeon in New York, states she has had women ask her to remove their pinky toes entirely, so that they can fit into smaller shoes. She refuses to do the elective surgery, citing her feelings that it would be unethical. She stated that:
“I don’t think it’s ethical unless you’re having pain. You’re undergoing risks — there’s the risk of anesthesia, infection, deformity of the toe if the surgery is not done right, a risk of reoccurrence and the risk of surgery in general. It’s trauma to the foot.”
What do you think of the new plastic surgery craze of slimming down and re-shaping toes?