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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?


The dating game

10 Reasons Why We Still (Really) Need Dating

A few months ago, The New York Times all but declared that dating is dead (though they hedged with a question mark: “The End of Courtship?”). You’re probably familiar with the territory of this well-worn trend story: We’re now living in a “hookup culture” where women are lucky if suitors grace them with a booty called text message before 10 p.m., much less show up with flowers, much less pick them up, much less ask them on a proper date at all.

Dates may have suffered a beating, but it’s crucial that we save them from further harm. (And let’s be clear: a “date” can be anything from a seven course dinner at a five-star restaurant to a free museum tour or a walk in the park or a walk in a beach; it doesn’t have to be lavish in order to count.) But dating is absolutely necessary; its importance cannot be overstated. Here’s why dates are so critical to the beginning (and duration, but that’s a separate story) of a relationship:


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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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10 Things Your Hairdresser Won’t Tell You

If you’re constantly trying to put your best face forward, you’d better be on good terms with your hairdresser. Sure, you’re savvy on who and when to tip—but there’s a lot more your stylist wishes you knew. Ever wonder what your hairdresser is really thinking when she’s elbow deep in your tresses? 

1. I probably can’t give you a celebrity’s hairstyle. 

Yes, we’d all love Jennifer Aniston’s shiny, sun-kissed locks. But even if your stylist can match a celeb’s color and cut, she can’t give you access to the team of professionals that the rich and famous have fixing their hair before every appearance. Bringing in pictures is great, but be open to adaptations that take into account your hair texture and bone structure. If you go in expecting a carbon copy of a red carpet style, “you may be very disappointed,”.

2. Tell me exactly what “a little bit” means—even if you feel like you’re being nitpicky. 

“We’re not mind readers!”. Be prepared to talk specifics with your stylist. Saying, “Just don’t go too short” isn’t helpful. Show your stylist the exact length you want your hair. And if you request she take off two inches, make sure your definition of “two inches” is the same as hers.

3. Please respect my time. 

“A busy hairdresser’s time is very valuable,”. Being five minutes late can throw off your stylist’s entire day. If you’re running late, call. And never pull a no-show. On the same note, don’t phone at the last minute and ask to get “squeezed in.” Your stylist will likely try to accommodate you, but it may mean staying late or rushing to finish another client first.

4. I love getting to know my clients—to a point. 

Don’t assume your stylist is eager to listen to you vent your frustration about your broken marriage, break-up with your botfriend(s) or girfriend, or your overbearing boss. “After 10 clients a day, everyone’s problems start to weigh on us!”. Try to keep the conversation centered on fashion, beauty or wellness. And remember: This is your time to relax and feel beautiful—and your stylist’s time to focus on your hair.

5. A salon is not a daycare center. 

“Kids should not be brought to a salon unless they’re getting a service,” Salons do their best to be kid-friendly, but stylists can’t focus on their clients and keep hot irons and chemicals out of little hands. Leave your dog at home, too. It’s against the law to have animals in salons, so don’t bring one in unless you’re willing to pay a hefty fine on the salon’s behalf.

6. Put down your cell phone. And your lunch. 

Turn off your cell phone before the start of your appointment. “Not only is your conversation distracting to other customers”, “your hairstylist can’t do her job if you’re reaching for your phone or moving your head from side to side.” And try not to eat when you’re getting your hair done. The constant motion isn’t doing your stylist—or your hair—any favors.

7. I’m pushing my salon’s products because they’re better for your hair—not to make a few bucks. 

Your stylist stocks products she/he believes in. It’s frustrating for her/ him to see a client pay good money for great color or a trendy cut but then buy drugstore shampoo and conditioner to save a few bucks. Your stylist can tell you exactly what you need to maintain your hair—and save you from playing the drugstore guessing game. “I’m here to give you the right advice”, “and I’ll gladly exchange anything that’s not working for you.”

8. You know your hair better than anyone—tell me about it! 

If you’re visiting a stylist for the first time, be upfront about your hair’s history. Did your last hairdresser use a relaxer? Do you know what he colored your hair with? The more information you have, the better. Previous chemical treatments will affect how the next ones set. And if you have especially thick hair, let the receptionist know when you book your appointment so she can allot enough time for you.

9. If you like my work, please let other people know! 

“Referrals are hairstylists’ lifeblood”, If you’re happy with your cut or color, tell your friends and co-workers. Passing on referrals can be mutually beneficial: If a new client comes in on your recommendation, your stylist will likely give you a discount the next time you visit the salon.

10. You’re a walking billboard for my work. 

Don’t go too long between colorings or let your haircut lose its shape. Your hair should be a positive reflection of your stylist’s work. If you’re not sure how to style a new cut once you get home, go back and ask questions. Your hairdresser wants you to look good, and would be more than happy to teach you the proper styling and finishing tips.

TOP TEN GIVEAWAY SIGNS YOU WORK IN A SALON:

1. You find hair in your food and you don’t send it back

2. Every invitation to some ones house is followed by, can you bring your scissors?

3. Your own hair/nails/skin is a mess and you have no time to do it!

4. Your metabolism is used to not eating lunch

5. You get stopped at the malls/airport for having sharp or “dangerous” items in your bag. Such as sissors, nail files

6. Your day is ruined if you drop one of your tools

7. You feel hurt or jealous when you see a client with a new style and you know they haven’t been in

8. You can easily smile and laugh, masking your personal dramas in the inside

9. Your every sentence is followed with, “No Way, honey, you deserve so much better”

10. You can eat, pee,poo, smoke a cigarette, send an email and txt back three clients all in 5 mins