We have no problem whatsoever with plastic surgery. If there's something about your body that you don't like and you have the means to change it, more power to you! We're sure everyone knows at least one person who's had their breasts or nose done, or has gotten fillers in their face. It's become incredibly mainstream. A couple of decades ago, plastic surgery was seen as a celebrity thing, not something that regular people did. But try this on for size: in 2017, nearly 1.8 million cosmetic procedures were performed. That is a lot of nips and tucks! But as normalized as cosmetic and plastic surgery has become, there are still times when we hear about a new procedure and find ourselves doing a double-take. When we learned about something called Cinderella surgery, we had to pick our jaws up off the floor.
Thousands of people a year are undergoing Cinderella surgery, which is a surgical procedure that will actually make your toes shorter. Yes, you read that right. People are having surgery, which entails breaking and removing portions of the bones in their toes, in order to shorten their toes and make their feet more aesthetically pleasing. We have to admit, this one has us stumped (pun intended).
The procedure to shorten your toes is catching on. Apparently there are plenty of people who have some major issues with their feet! The surgery will alter the shape and size of your toes and feet, and it's a pretty involved procedure. The most common request from people seeking Cinderella surgery is to have their index toe shortened (the toe next to your big toe). Once the patient is under anesthesia, a section of the toe's bone is removed, and the rest of the bone is reshaped. It's held in place with either wire or an implant.
The recovery is about as bad as you'd imagine: the wires stay in for weeks, and the patient may not be able to walk normally for as long as 8 weeks after the surgery. Of course, as with any surgery, there are risks. Infection, wound issues, nerve damage, and even a recurrence of the deformity are all possible. Just for shorter toes! To each their own, we suppose.