Toe-besity – the latest plastic surgery craze

Friday, 13 July 2012

Toe-besity – the latest plastic surgery crazeThe Huffington Post seem to think foot cosmetic surgery is on the rise in America, and are calling it toe-besity. Seriously? Seriously?!

If you thought women had plenty to nip and tuck before, well then the latest plastic surgery craze should open your eyes to a completely unexplored territory in the world of cosmetic procedures (in our minds, at least): surgery to slim down your toes.

Yep, you read that correctly. Americans’ neurosis have now become so specific as to cause severe embarrassment over the width of their toes, an aptly titled condition known as ‘toe-besity’.

Good Morning America spoke to Dr. Oliver Zong, a New York-based surgeon who performs toe re-shaping procedures, about the new phenomenon:
‘When people first started asking, I said "What?" We were mostly doing toe shortenings in the beginning.’

Not every plastic surgeon is so knife-happy when it comes to toes. Dr. Hillary Brenner, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, told the morning talk show: ‘I don’t think it’s ethical unless you’re having pain.’

Not only is the surgery entirely elective, meaning insurance companies won’t cover the cost of the pricey procedure (prices range from the hundreds up to the thousands), but patients take on the same medical gambles as any major surgery, according to Brenner: 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.’

Well that’s enough to deter us. And with Americans spending $10.4 billion on cosmetic surgery in 2011 and teens rushing to get chin implants before the prom, Brenner’s warnings about elective procedures may just come at the most appropriate time.

On the strange wave of women electing for surgery to fit into high heels, Brenner says, ‘Why fix something that’s not broken?’

Preach, sister. What do you think about the rise of all of these specific plastic surgery crazes? Sign in to Beauty Addicts and have your say.

Originally written by Rebecca Adams, this article appeared in the Huffington Post.


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  1. Azraa

    This is crazy! Wear closed shoes if you dont like your feet that much!

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Some people just have to many fettishes and too much money

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    ‘Why fix something that’s not broken?’ EXACTLY MY QUESTION TOO!!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    I think this is too extreme. I am all for making yourself feel better but this is just to bizarre to comprehend.

    7 years ago •

  1. Lorraine

    Even if my toes are long or short ugly or pretty i would never have surgery.Just think if something went wrong.

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    well it does sound bizare and insane but to each its own

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    I am speechless! We already have so many body issues! Now we have to worry about slimming down our toes as well?

    7 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    Totally insane! I am very disturbed by the American obsession of media, perfection and plastic surgery. They’re breeding a generation that is totally lacking in self-confidence.

    7 years ago •

  1. julandism

    This is crazy! I am not a fan of plastic surgery unless it is for medical reasons or for repairing accidental scarring etc.

    7 years ago •

  1. Affat

    can’t bear the thought of actually agreeing to go under the knife for something other than health purposes……….

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    plastic surgery on my feet, that’s crazy, never.

    7 years ago •

  1. Clarad

    I would if only it wasn’t so expensive…

    7 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    Hellang bathong,the americans have discover another obsession toe-surgery?I mean seriously now risk your life just for toes?auwa hle I hope it doesn’t hit our shores

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    This is really taking things to far in my book!!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    If it makes me happy, if i can afford it, why not????

    7 years ago •

  1. joubert

    Think this is a terrific idea, because i know a lot of women who are always complaining about their toes, and i really feel sorry for some of them, because they always have to hide their toes, girls with ugly toes can never ever buy nice open sandals etc, so yes i am a 100% for this type of plastic surgery.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Wow this is bizarre I am against all plastic surgery of any kind

    7 years ago •

  1. M.Ross

    If I was having surgery the last part of my body i would even think about is my feet?!! Weird.

    7 years ago •

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