You can’t help but wonder where it will end—when women, with a strong assist from the media, will stop comparing themselves to some impossible ideal and electing ever-stranger cosmetic procedures to achieve it. And when physicians will stop transforming themselves from doctors who address medical issues into aestheticians, capitalizing on this lucrative trend and enabling women to continue their endless quest for perfection.
It’s hard to put blame exclusively on the shoulders of any party in this mix—it’s a self-perpetuating vicious circle with everyone contributing. Media organizations compete to publish the most sensational stories they can find to capture ratings, and cosmetic surgery is of huge interest these days. Women succumb to increasing pressure to look thin enough, feminine enough and young enough to be acceptable in today’s society. And gynecologists, dermatologists and even general practitioners add cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation and liposuction to their practices—or even convert to the field of cosmetic surgery altogether—to make money.
As the vicious circle keeps turning and widening, cosmetic procedures are starting to show up in still other areas of medicine. Some of the newer procedures you can elect allow you to beautify your feet. Yes, podiatrists are adding a variety of aesthetic treatments to their practices to help you look your best in sandals and sport the most uncomfortable—but fashionable—footwear on the planet, sky high heels.
One of the leaders of this movement is Dr. Ali Sadreih, DPM, with his Beverly Hills Aesthetic Foot Surgery center. In a visit to Sadreih, you can sign up for “aesthetic toe shortening.” As a photo caption on his website notes, “When toes are too long, they can bunch up when wearing heels.” Dr. Sadreih’s toe surgery can help you avoid another foot fashion faux pas, when toes “hang off the edge” when the occasion calls for revealing footwear. You don’t want that.
Other treatments offered at the Aesthetic Foot Center include toe lengthening, which, to be fair, can be a relief to those with congenitally deformed toes or those who have had hammertoe surgery go wrong.