File under: Problems we didn’t know we could even have. Because women don’t have enough of a perfection complex in our culture, now comes the latest plastic surgery craze: toe-slimming surgery, for those with toe-bese phalanges. Apparently plastic surgeons are seeing a rise in people requesting toe-shortening and slimming procedures. Surgeon Oliver Zong says the operation was born out of patient requests. But just because you ask, doesn’t mean that a plastic surgeon will perform it. Says Dr. Hillary Brenner, of the American Podiatric Medical Association, “I don’t think it’s ethical unless you’re having pain.”
But ethical or no, people are doing it. People like E.R., who was stricken with an ultra-large big toe. “I always had issues with it,” he said. “It was one of those things that you’re just not comfortable with and try to hide it.” So he had the toe shaved down.
“I think it’s the same as if you would ask for any kind of cosmetic surgery,” said Dr. Zong. “They’re very embarrassed by the situation and afterward, they gain self-esteem and feel more confident. Some people have said they’re so embarrassed that their boyfriends have never seen their feet.” Maybe get some therapy then?
Guys, toe-besity. Toe-besity. Just … no. [ABC News]