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‘Toe-besity’: Foot Cosmetic Surgery On The Rise In America

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 our 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 “Good Morning America”, “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?


Body Image: Do You Hate Your Feet Enough to Get Plastic Surgery on Your Toes?

Do you love your feet? I’ll be honest, I don’t exactly have a love affair with my toes, but you know what? I’m OK that I’ll never be a foot model. And hey, there are a lot more important things to worry about in life than, well, feet quirks. However, it seems that foot frustrations in the minds of a lot of people these days.

When it comes to body image issues, you may not think that feet could cause so much angst, but for some, they really do–so much so that they opt for invasive foot surgery to correct the look of their feet. The number of cosmetic surgery on feet have actually increased in the last year.

The most popular procedures include shortening toes, adding collagen to heels and even removing pinky toes (in order to fit into super-high stilettos). Ouch!

Many experts warn against such cosmetic procedures and recommend surgery on feet only when something is medically necessary, but many more surgeons are willing to sculpt and shape feet into works of art.

Is it just me, or is this a little a sad? Everyone’s feet are unique, and who cares if your toes are a little quirky, right?

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Cosmetic surgery ADDICTION

Reblog from : PlasticSurgery.com
By Elana Pruitt : PlasticSurgery.com Editor


What’s the doctor got to do with it?

Maybe it’s the shape of your nose, breasts, or even calf muscles (or lack thereof) that you’d like to change. This is normal – we all have at least one feature we wish could be improved with a simple snap of the fingers. But unfortunately there’s no magic lamp to rub or shining star to wish upon. So before you take the steps to attain narrower nostrils, sexier cleavage, or better-sculpted muscles, you gotta do some serious thinking and evaluate why you want cosmetic surgery in the first place.

What if you think you are completely realistic about what you want done and the type of results to expect? Is society’s skewed standard of beauty influencing you to keep going back for more? According to board certified New York plastic surgeon Dr. Sydney Coleman, cosmetic surgery addiction can be caused by a medical condition called body dismorphic disorder (BDD).

(Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental illness also known as imagined ugliness. It’s just that – a person sees physical flaws that is either too slight or nonexistent for anyone else to notice, but he/she imagines the flaw to be so significant that it must be fixed. Studies into the disorder indicate that BDD surfaces in the teenage years of most of the people affected by it, and gradually goes from being a general dislike of a certain aspect of their body to an obsession with the way they look and believing that they do not look like other people.)

“BDD affects both men and women and manifests as a preoccupation with an imagined physical defect or an exaggerated concern about a minimal defect,” he says. “This can lead the patient to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist in an attempt to try to change the perceived defect.” However, he adds, turning to a doctor for more surgery is rarely successful because that patient will never be happy with these changes. This cycle could possibly lead to even more requests for a nip here and a tuck there.

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When most people think of what looks to be cosmetic surgery addiction, images of specific figures come to mind: Michael Jackson, Joan Rivers, and the infamous Jocelyn “Cat Woman” Wildenstein. Just look at the “before” photos of these celebrities, and you’ll find yourself asking, “Why?”

Pressure from living in the limelight undoubtedly contributes to the desire to look as beautiful as possible; however when a person’s face takes on a different direction and becomes unrecognizable – something seems clearly wrong. So what happens when BDD sufferers or those who rely on cosmetic surgery for the wrong reasons, turn to a doctor for even another procedure? Is it that medical professional’s responsibility to put their foot down and say “stop?”

Board certified Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow, who stars on “The Swan,” doesn’t believe in saying “enough is enough;” however he will share what he thinks may be “counterproductive” to a person’s appearance.

For a doctor who plays an instrumental role on Reality TV, and knowing that media attention has “made people more plastic surgery-aware,” Dr. Dubrow feels the phenomenon of “overly-pulled faces” and unnatural looking, huge breasts has come and gone – despite how many people go to him for the multiple procedures they see performed on television.

“When a physician encounters a patient that desires surgery but clearly has already had enough, it is time for a very frank discussion with the patient,” says Dr. Coleman. “It is important to recognize the point at which either nothing more can be done or nothing more should be done.”

According to Dr. Dubrow, “The best plastic surgery is unseen.” He says that if you can tell someone has had work done, then it wasn’t such a great job after all. When it comes to a plastic surgeon’s craft, Dr. Coleman couldn’t agree more: “The result of an operation or procedure is a reflection on the plastic surgeon and most do not want their patients walking around with a distorted, unnatural face,” he says.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there are two types of patients who undergo plastic surgery. There are patients who possess a strong self-image and would like to have a specific physical characteristic improved or changed, and there are those who have a physical defect or cosmetic flaw that has diminished their self-esteem over time.

Doctors can usually identify “troubled” patients during the initial consultation, which may prompt them to advise psychological counseling first. The ASPS admits to there being exceptions to the rule; however individuals who may be advised to seek counseling include:

• Patients in crisis
• Patients with unrealistic expectations
• Impossible-to-please patients
• Patients who are obsessed with a very minor defect
• Patients who have a mental illness

Ethics Code

Do plastic surgeons contribute to plastic surgery addictions? The answer to this question depends largely on who is asked. Granted, plastic surgeon’s primary role is to perform surgery, and not provide counsel to persons suffering from a psychological problem. Still, if a surgeon detects a destructive pattern, isn’t refusing to perform an operation in the best interest of the patient? Rather than support multiple cosmetic surgeries, physician should decline, and refer the patient to an excellent psychologist.