Plastic Surgery for Flawless Feet - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/23/04

Plastic Surgery for Flawless Feet

We hear a lot about liposuction and lifts. More and more people today are opting to lift the body where it's sagging or suction away fat to make a tighter tummy. But what about the feet? Is there any way to fix ugly feet? It turns out that's the newest trend in plastic surgery.

Women across the country are asking for liposuction and even lifts in the search for flawless feet, and not just the feet. Some women are signing up for liposuction in the ankles to achieve a slim line there. They're going into surgery to build high arches, and design more shapely, leaner feet. Toe trimming is another hot request.

"Some people have one toe that's longer than the others and it makes it hard to fit in to a very tight shoe, so they'll elect to have that toe shortened, so it fits in more easily," says Dr. Gregory Berlet, an orthopedic surgeon.

Dr.Berlet says some of these procedures can be really expensive running from 5 to 10,000 dollars. And they can be dangerous causing infections or even deformities of the toes. So patients should understand first that perfect feet may not be worth the risk. "And it can even include very dangerous things like the blood supply being disrupted to the toe, and losing the toe. And so when you step back, you're going to have to have a very honest discussion," says Dr. Berlet.

By the way, most insurance companies will not cover cosmetic foot surgery.

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