Some People are Getting Foot lifts: Here’s What That Means

This is what a before and after foot lift looks like. Do you think it's worth it??Remember Cinderella surgeries—when people (mostly women) went under the knife so they could fit into their stilettos?

Well, apparently, that trend is sooo 2015…what’s the hot new surgery this year? Foot lifts—otherwise known as PDO thread therapy! For the unfamiliar, the procedure (intended to get rid of cankles, or ankles and calves that mold together due to fat deposits in the lower leg) involves sewing multiple micro-fine threads of Polydioxanone (a substance that dissolves over time) under the skin to give your leg a supposedly immediate lift. The threads are injected to your body using a micro-needle that also lifts your tissue.

In addition to the immediate lifting effect, the threads supposedly promote collagen production (in addition to who-knows-what else) so that the full lifting benefit will appear about four months after the initial procedure, when new collagen has formed around the inserted foreign material. Originally, this type of procedure was designed to tighten facial skin—i.e. for a facelift—but then someone thought: hey, this could work for feet, too!

The op, which takes about 15 minutes, is described as minimally invasive with results that last up to three years.

Here’s the thing about the term “minimally invasive”—it still has the word “invasive” in it. In this world where so many things are actually wrong, do we really need to inject foreign substances into our feet in order to make our ankles look a little prettier? I guess to each their own, but it’s certainly not a procedure this Houston podiatrist will be recommending any time soon. What do you guys think? Is this a great idea or, to quote Sports Illustrated, "A sign of the apocalypse?"
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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