Cosmetic procedures include operations that shorten perfectly normal toes or correct other real or perceived flaws in appearance, often for the express purpose of fitting into skimpy designer high heels. Although such procedures may improve the outer appearance of the foot, they do nothing to lessen pain or improve your ability to walk -- the usual reasons for undergoing surgery. In fact, complications from surgery can lead to chronic foot pain. In a survey of orthopedic surgeons -- all members of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) -- 50% said they've treated patients for foot problems caused by complications from cosmetic foot surgery.
Robert C. Silich, DO
Specialty: Plastic/reconstructive Surgery
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How common are foot problems caused by cosmetic foot surgery?
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How can a sliding genioplasty fix a small chin?
Arthur Perry, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredWhen the chin is very small, it may be better to have the actual bone changed with a sliding genioplasty. As with all foreign materials, the larger the implant, the more frequent the problems. When a large augmentation is needed, a horizontal cut in the chin bone can be made. The bottom portion is advanced and held in place with tiny titanium plates and screws. Not every plastic surgeon performs this procedure, but those who do claim it is no more risky than an implant and has numerous advantages.
No foreign implant is present to move or get infected, although the plates themselves are foreign. And the chin can be vertically shortened or lengthened and advanced forward or backward. The downside, however, is that most genioplasties require general anesthesia.
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Why might I need liposuction revision surgery?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredAnother area of concern that comes up frequently with patients considering liposuction is revisions. It is not uncommon to require a secondary revision after liposuction. Your doctor performs the liposuction procedure mostly by feel. Here again, this is where experience is a must. However, on occasion, there may be a small amount of fat left over in one particular area, which may not be noticeable at first, due to swelling from the initial procedure. If after four to six months these areas have not resolved, they can be taken care of by a small revision surgery to feather them out if necessary.
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