A few months back, the foot-world was abuzz with the topic of “Cinderella surgeries” procedures that, while not always medically necessary, women were opting to undergo in order to make it easier to wear high heels.
As I stated when the topic first heated up, I don’t believe in performing surgery on patients unless its their best or only hope to solve a medical problem; well, get ready to hear that statement coming back because there’s a new procedure starting up that makes this Houston podiatrist raise his eyes.
Affectionately called a ‘loob job,’ (Louboutin heels are its name sake) many doctors are now offering a procedure where they inject derma fillers like Juvederm or Restylane into the ball of a woman’s foot so that, even when she’s wearing the highest of heels, it feels like she’s walking on cushions. Results last about a year and a half.
Another head-scratcher rising in popularity? Liposuction for “cankles” (wider ankles that make for little distinction between the calf and the ankle.) With the help of high-definition liposuction, doctors can tighten the skin and contour the leg to create a more narrow looking ankle (which, as an added bonus, fits better into stylish boots.)
All I can say about these types of procedures is that I wouldn’t perform them, and I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone. Your feet are meant to help you walk, run and stay upright. Messing with them for reasons of fashion is a bad idea, plain and simple.