With the Grammys just two days away and Valentine’s Day coming up next week, you can expect a lot of pampering taking place. Spas will be booked for massages, facials, wax treatments, botox injections, and soft tissue fillers. Yet, according to recent cosmetic statistics, Americans do not need an excuse to undergo these treatments with almost 16 million cosmetic procedures performed and more than 13.5 billion dollars reportedly spent in 2015 (1,3).
The rise in popularity of these procedures can likely be attributed to multiple factors, including social media influences, an increase in male participation, the affordability of the more minimally-invasive procedures, and the expansive use of these aesthetic products (2,4).
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botox injections and soft tissue fillers continue to be at the top of the minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure list (based on 2015 reporting) (1,3). This is not surprising, given that Botox® now has nine therapeutic indications, including chronic migraines, focal spasticity, and severe axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). In the foot, (as an off-label use) it can be injected for plantar hyperhidrosis. Benefits may last for several months, which may eliminate the need for antiperspirants, oral and topical medications, iontophoresis treatments, and worrying about constantly changing your socks, not to mention the smell associated with the sweat.
Like botox, dermal fillers can also be injected into the foot. That’s right! As people age (and put more miles on their feet), the fat pads underneath the balls of the feet and the heel tend to thin out. When this loss of fat (and cushion) occurs, the underlying bones become more prominent and, oftentimes, more painful when walking barefoot, running (especially in forefoot strikers), and while in high heels. Conservatively, different pads and cushions are regularly used. However, they are not always the most convenient as they can move around in the shoe, wear out quickly, and/or increase the pressure along new areas of the foot. This is where soft tissue fillers come in. Those same fillers that are used in the face can now be injected into the foot to restore that lost cushion! The procedure can be done in-office and you can be back in those heels before you know it!
So whether you are getting ready for the upcoming red carpet event or that big Valentine’s Day date, don’t forget about your feet. But, if you do, the doctor can be At Your Feet afterwards :)
Disclaimer: The above information is meant for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. These products are also not FDA approved for indications in the foot. Please consult your doctor if you are interested in using these products, as they are not for everyone.
1. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Reports More Than $13.5 Billion Spent for the First Time Ever. (2016, March 8). Retrieved from http://www.surgery.org/media/news-releases/american-society-for-aesthetic-plastic-surgery-reports-more-than-135-billion-spent-for-the-first-time-ever
2. Blanchette, A. (2017, January 28). Botox is booming among millennials — some as young as 18. Retrieved from http://www.startribune.com/botox-is-booming-among-millennials-some-as-young-as-18/412049303/
3. New Statistics Reflect the Changing Face of Plastic Surgery. Retrieved from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/new-statistics-reflect-the-changing-face-of-plastic-surgery
4. Why Male Plastic Surgery Procedures Are on the Rise. (2015, March 13). Retrieved from http://www.smartbeautyguide.com/news/for-men/male-plastic-surgery-procedures-rise/#.WJzE-KPMxsM