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?
See some plastic surgeries gone wrong. Does this make you think twice about elective procedures?
Heidi Montag's Plastic Surgery Prevented Her From Hugging
Reality star Heidi Montag says she is happy with her new body, but there are certain things she can't do any longer, according to Us Weekly. Jogging -- since her new breasts are size E or F, and hugging. "I'm very weird about hugging people now -- [my body] is very fragile," she told US Weekly. She also told the tabloid she had a total of ten procedures, but she wasn't sure exactly what they were.
Bruce Jenner's Plastic Surgery Obsession
Maybe living with the Kardashians made Jenner care about his appearance a little<em> too</em> much. He has reportedly gone under the knife to thin his nose, define his jaw, and keep his skin taut. He hardly looks like the Jenner we saw on the Wheaties box years ago.
Kris Jenner's Major Facelift
For Kim's wedding, Kris famously got a facelift on the E! reality show. However, then a skincare line called Frownies <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/kris-jenner-facelift-lawsuit_n_1496837.html" target="_blank">sued Jenner for broadcasting that she got a facelift</a> when she was supposed to be promoting the anti-aging treatment.
Pete Burns' Deadly Lip Injections
You can tell he's a plastic surgery addict. However, it was his lip injects that really messed up this singer. They got infected and he wasn't treated properly. He has said about the incident, "My doctor punctured it and the yellow dishcarge that came out filled two mugs. I was put on antibiotics but my whole face began to swell. I was housebound for nine months and couldn't move my head - discharge would pour out."
Tara Reid's Stomach and Breasts
Poor Reid has had many mishaps with plastic surgery. She had a botched stomach and lop-sided breasts that apparently were fixed in 2006.
Botched Surgery Leaves Woman With 'Uniboob'
When Dinora Rodriguez, 40, went under the knife for a breast enhancement operation, what she got was something out of a horror movie, the Daily Mail reported.
Ashley Simpson's Nose Job
We think she looked perfectly fine, if not more natural, with her previous nose.
Woman Can't Close Her Eyes After Plastic Surgery
A New Jersey woman is suing her doctor, claiming she cannot fully <a href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/03/29/woman-unable-to-close-eyes-now-suing-n-j-plastic-surgeon/" target="_hplink">close her eyes </a>after a cosmetic procedure, according to CBS.
Courtney Love's Change
Her face lift and lip injections made her face look lopsided!
Women Injects Herself With Cooking Oil
In 2008, a Korean woman addicted to plastic surgery <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3439638/Cosmetic-surgery-addict-injected-cooking-oil-into-her-own-face.html" target="_hplink">injected cooking oil into her face</a>, according to the Telegraph.<br> After Moiku's story made headlines worldwide, viewers sent donations to enable her to reduce the size of her face. During the first procedure, surgeons removed 60 grams of foreign substance from her face and 200 grams from her neck, according to the Telegraph.
Woman Dies After Illegal Butt Implant
Twenty-year-old Claudia Aderotimi died after receiving an <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1355080/Claudia-Aderotimi-thought-illegal-implant-make-hip-hop-star.html" target="_hplink">illegal butt implant </a>in a Philadelphia hotel room, according to the Daily Mail.<br> The British student thought a "butt enhancement" would start her hip-hop career, according to the Daily Mail.
Women Injects Heated Beef Fat To Face
A 63-year-old face surgery addict died after<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2035595/Facial-surgery-enthusiast-Janet-Hardt-63-dies-injecting-heated-beef-fat-face.html" target="_hplink"> injecting heated beef fat </a>around her mouth and chin, according to The Daily Mail. <br> Janet Hardt died from a bacterial infection that weakened her colon, but the injection itself didn't cause death, a coroner said. In fact, Hardt had done this procedure several times in the past.
While we don't really have a problem with her famous breasts, we do think she should learn to let her face age gracefully.
Once again, stars need to learn how to age gracefully. The more plastic surgery one gets, the faker one looks.
Woman Dies After Illegal Liposuction
Fabiola DePaula, 24, died after receiving an<a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/08/01/a_death_after_liposuction_exposes_busy_illegal_clinic/" target="_hplink"> illegal liposuction procedure</a> for $3,000, according to The Boston Globe. Luiz Carlos Ribeiro and Ana Maria Miranda Ribeiro were charged with <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-31-lipo-death_x.htm" target="_hplink">practicing medicine without a licence</a>, according to USA Today.
Woman's Lips Swell To Four Times Original Size
Laura Summers, 27, woke up after a <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/real_life/4463217/Models-lips-swelled-to-four-times-their-normal-size-after-botched-jab.html" target="_hplink">£200 lip injection with lips that had swelled to four times their original size</a> according to The Sun magazine. Summers has spent over £60,000 on plastic surgery procedures but has <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/laura-summers-lip-injections-surgery-photos_n_1723651.html?utm_hp_ref=style" target="_hplink">decided to stop</a>, saying, "I played Russian roulette with my health and my looks and I will never do it ever again." (Instagram)
With each new facelift and botox treatment, Jackson looks less and less real.
She needs to stop getting lip injections.
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