Looking out for the weird and outlandish on the net and…What? You don’t do that? Well, I do, okay? And the latest thing I’ve discovered is the new trend in plastic surgery. It appears that American’s have discovered the one part of the body that, up to now, has been safe from the surgeon’s scalpel.
According to Dr. Oliver Zong, a New York based Plastic Surgeon, ‘toe slimming’ operations are on the increase. He admits he was a bit taken aback when people starting asking for plastic surgery on their toes.
“When people first started asking, I said ‘What?’ We were mostly doing toe shortenings in the beginning.” Dr Zong has been performing toe re-shaping procedures for people who neurotically feel embarrassment over the width of their toes. This new trend has been called “toe-besity.”
Not all plastic surgeons are willing to perform the procedure or even willing to contemplate it. Some have told horror stories of women who want their little toes surgically removed so they can wear a smaller shoe size.
Did I forget to mention that this new trend has been started by women.
That’s right. Women have now gotten so paranoid about their entire body that they are resorting to plastic surgery to remould themselves into a complete package of perfection. I don’t get this. I really don’t.
I know that culturally the focus has been on people looking ever younger, trimmer, fitter, prettier. The big lie is that we can all reach this pinnacle of perfection with the help of a surgeon’s knife. How stupid can people be?
We know that pictures in magazines are airbrushed within an inch of their 2D life. Advertising, the modelling industry and Hollywood perpetuates the myth of the perfect person. Capped teeth, hair implants, tummy tucks and bottom lifts all help to make folks look more stream-lined and assembly-lined.
But when folks start worrying about their toes? I think we all need to step back a bit and really look at each other with a bit of clarity.
I’ll use Hollywood as a good example. Not the Hollywood of today with it’s new homogeneous stars who are practically interchangeable like so many Lego’s.
I’m talking about the stars of yesteryear. The Gary Cooper‘s, Clark Gable‘s and Errol Flynn‘s. The Katherine Hepburn’s, Bette Davis‘s and Grace Kelly‘s. These stars did not look perfect. It was their imperfections that made them special, that made them shine.
Gable’s ears were too big, Davis had bulgy eyes and Grace Kelly was a little small upstairs. But none of that mattered at all. It was their abilities and persona’s that made them beautiful. Perfection has never been obtainable for the average person or the famous one.
Perfection is, to a degree, like beauty. It is in the eye of the beholder. In the search for perfection the beholder is the person seeking to be perfect. Their narcissistic and inward vision is skewed and terrible. They are willing to put their bodies through pain and possible infection and even death in their ridiculous pursuit.
I am sitting here writing this and wondering whatever will be next. Will tongue surgery be next? Are there people out there that are so neurotic that if they believe their tongues are too fat or ugly will have them surgically altered?
I am appalled at the idea that women have become so superficial. I am also quite sad that so many folks believe the lie of perfection.
- ‘Foot Facelifts’ Are The New Wacky Cosmetic Surgery Fad (businessinsider.com)
- One More Thing To Worry About: Toe-Besity (refinery29.com)
- ‘Toe-besity’ (whptv.com)
- ‘Toe-besity’ Surgery on the Rise – ABC News (drugstoresource.wordpress.com)
- “Toe-besity”: Rise in Surgery for Fat Toes (abcnews.go.com)
- Feel like Bigfoot? Plastic surgery can help (sfgate.com)
- ‘Toe-besity’: Foot Cosmetic Surgery On The Rise In America (huffingtonpost.com)
- [TheGloss] Your Fat Toes Need Some Liposuction Stat, Because You’re Grossing The Rest Of Us Out (thegloss.com)
- Fashion News Roundup: ‘Toe-besity’ Is Apparently a Thing, Underage Kate Upton Maybe Drank Some Beer, and the US Olympic Team Uniforms Are Made in China (fashionista.com)
- Plastic surgery results are always improving, says surgeon (mya.co.uk)
- Holly Willoughby “will have plastic surgery” (mya.co.uk)