Women Now Have Another Cosmetic Problem To Obsess Over: ‘Toe-besity’
Dr. Oliver Zong, a podiatrist based in New York, has been performing surgeries to fix what he calls “toe-besity” for years now. He started out doing toe shortenings, but has now moved on to slimming down and reshaping patient’s digits. Zong told ABC News:
“I think it’s the same as if you would ask for any kind of cosmetic surgery. They’re very embarrassed by the situation and afterward, they gain self-esteem and feel more confident. Some people have said they’re so embarrassed that their boyfriends have never seen their feet.”
But the self-esteem gained from cosmetic foot surgery doesn’t come cheap; ABC talked to a patient whose procedure cost $2,500. Dr. Hilary Brenner, also a podiatric surgeon in New York, told ABC that she’s had women ask her to take off their pinky toes altogether so they can fit into smaller shoes, but she always refuses because she feels it would be unethical. She said:
“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.”
This all sounds a little crazy to us — if the plastic surgery craze hadn’t crossed the line already, it certainly has now! But maybe if we were really embarrassed of our toes we would want to get them fixed, too. And while it feels like really going overboard with the plastic surgery, it’s not inherently worse than any other elective procedures. What do you think about cosmetic foot procedures?