Is Toe-besity Surgery Too Extreme?

MakenzieR on 12 Jul 2012 at 12:00pm

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At what point do cosmetic procedures go too far? 

New York podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong told Good Morning America that he is seeing more and more patients who ask for surgery to slim their toes. 

They profile E.R., an anonymous patient of Dr. Zong. "I always had issues with [his fat right big toe]," said E.R. "It was one of those things that you're just not comfortable with and try to hide it." So, Dr. Zong shaved off fat and bone to reduce its size. 

Although there's still swelling, E.R. is already happier with his appearance. "I already see improvement, and I feel so much more confident now."

People who want more traditional plastic surgery procedures receive plenty of criticism on the Internet, but it can be especially tough for those who are insecure with an area that's off-the-beaten surgical path. Specifically, because naysayers feel it's a poor reflection of our beauty-obsessed society.

"Americans' neurosis have now become so specific as to cause severe embarrassment over the width of our toes, an aptly titled condition known as "toe-besity,'" writes Huffington Post contributer Rebecca Adams. "I think we've taken our first world problems to a whole new level with this," adds Forsythia77 in the comments. So far the majority of respondents in the article's poll agree with them:

As regular RealSelf readers, we want to know what YOU think! Is elective toe surgery taking beauty concerns too far? Or should people be able to "fix" whatever they want if they can afford it? Sound off in the comments.

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