Beauty is pain. From waxing to cosmetic surgery, women all over the globe are all too familiar with this immortal phrase. One of the most shared female sacrifices is for fashion – in the form of painfully high heels. While corns and bunions are common medical complications caused by high heels, doctors want fashionistas to know about the lesser known dangers associated with those toe-scrunching stilettos.
With celebrity fashion icons like Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham stepping out in seven-inch heels, it’s no wonder that women are flocking to cosmetic surgeons requesting “toe jobs.” According to many British surgeons, operations to inject cushioning “fillers” into toes, heels and the balls of the feet have doubled in the past year. “The boom was revealed as it emerged [that] sales of 6in heels quadrupled in the past 12 months,” wrote Jane Hamilton for The Sun. Dubbed “Loub jobs” after the famous shoe designer, women who receive the treatment can wear sky-high heels for hours longer. The pain-reducing effects can last up to six months.
Over the last 4-5 years, heel heights have continued an upward trend, spurring doctors to go on record to declare heels a health hazard. Complications resulting from cramming feet into narrow toe boxes with multi-inch heels include infections, pain, scarring and nerve damage. Despite the health warnings, many more women feel the benefits outweigh the many risks.
Women have made sacrifices for beauty and fashion for centuries, and the latest footwear trend is just as polarizing as any that came before it. There are risks associated with any cosmetic surgery procedure, so it is important that you speak with your physician about these concerns in order to make an informed decision. Palm Beach Plastic Surgery offers BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, Perlane® and a complete range of plastic surgery procedures. To learn more, call 561-833-4122.