A notable proportion of society has become grossly fixated on plastic surgery, with people attempting to buy back their youth, or to buy a similar face/body to that of their superstar idol. Surgeons are cashing in on people’s insecurities, using the knife as a magic wand for superficial happiness. With an increase in the number of deaths attributed to plastic surgery, and a massive rise in Botox addiction, unnecessarily altering ones appearance on the operating table is a contentious topic of moral debate.
Toe shortening and Cinderella surgery
“Cinderella surgery,” or cosmetic enhancement of the feet, is a blanket term for a number of cosmetic foot procedures. Often inspired by the desire to fit into sleeker high-heeled shoes, these procedures include fat pad augmentation, toe liposuction, and the surgical removal of bunions.
At the extreme end of Cinderella surgery is surgical toe shortening. The procedure is typically performed on the second toe in cases where it extends past the big toe, which often causes extreme discomfort for women who wear tight fitting shoes.
During the procedure some of the bone is removed from the elongated toe, and pins are inserted to hold the toe in place until the (now shorter) toe heals.
Toe shortening, which requires a hefty six to eight week postoperative recovery period, carries potential risks including blood clots, restricted joint movement, and in rare cases ongoing chronic pain.
Still, for many shoe lovers the perceived benefits of toe shortening are worth the downtime and potential risks.
Still want to go under the knife? Apart from surgery to repair the body after cancer, accidents and burns, it is hard for anyone to justify this kind of vanity.