Women's health

Would you have a foot facelift?

Would you have a foot facelift? Increasingly popular in the US

Women in the United States are apparently going all out to make sure their feet can fit in the latest designer footwear.

Such is the desire for perfect feet, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) has warned women to avoid so called "foot facelifts."

Clinics such as the Beverly Hills Aesthetic Foot Surgery are among those which offer a variety of surgical procedures including the Cinderella Prodedure, a foot shaving technique which aims to prevent bunions by narrowing the sides of the foot.

Also on offer is the "Foot-Tuck Fat Pad Augmentation," where the patient's own body fat is injected into the balls of the feet designed to make wearing high heels more comfortable.

For toes which hang over the edge or protrude at the side of a sandal, the clinic has the answer. Second toes can be shortened so they are no longer than the big toe, and the little toe can be made skinnier to make feet easier to fit into high heels.

Toes can even be lengthened again after cosmetic surgery which may have made a toe too short.

And anyone who suffers from sweaty feet can have Botox injections which can also help prevent fungal infections.

Dr Ali Sadrieh, who founded the clinic, said that advising women to alter their footwear only falls on deaf ears.

He told the Wall Street Journal: "It's unrealistic to tell women not to wear high heels. I came up with procedures that allow the women to function, pain-free, in the real world."

Nigel Mercer, President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said the demand for foot facelifts in the UK was "minimal." But he also warned that anyone considering this type of surgery should be fully informed of the risks. The potential complications of cosmetic foot surgery "could leave a patient unable to walk normally for the rest of their life," he said.

This article was published on Wed 28 July 2010

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