Fillers are not just for faces – More women are requesting the "Loub Job" which involves injecting a dermal filler into to the ball of the foot to cushion the foot pad and prevent "stiletto metatarsalgia" making high heels much easier to wear all day.
Frequently Asked Questions
"Beauty is pain"... From waxing to cosmetic surgery, women all over the globe are all too familiar with this immortal phrase. One of the most shared female sacrifices is for fashion – in the form of painfully high heels. While corns and bunions are common medical complications caused by high heels, doctors want fashionistas to know about the lesser known dangers associated with those toe-scrunching stilettos.
With celebrity fashion icons like Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham stepping out in seven-inch heels, it’s no wonder that women are flocking to cosmetic doctors requesting “foot jobs.” According to many British cosmetic doctors, operations to inject cushioning “fillers” into toes, heels and the balls of the feet have doubled in the past year. “The boom was revealed as it emerged that sales of 6in heels quadrupled in the past 12 months,” wrote Jane Hamilton for The Sun. Dubbed “Loub jobs” after the famous French shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, women who receive the treatment can wear sky-high heels for hours longer. The pain-reducing effects can last up to six months.
For years, women have been living with the agony from wearing high heels. As the heel height increases, more pressure is placed on the balls of the feet. This leads to a condition called 'stiletto tarsalgia' characterised by aching or burning pain.
Once, aching feet at the end of a night out was the price you paid for a celeb-worthy strut in killer heels. Not any more! Soaring numbers of women are opting for dermal fillers to be injected into their feet to stop the pain, according to the Daily Mail.The “Loub Job” was devised as an answer to the problem of wearing extremely high but equally fashionable high heels. These can be painful to wear all day, but the addition of dermal fillers to the ball of the foot has a cushioning effect providing relief from the discomfort.
Hyaluronic acid, a natural gel/ sugar found in skin and cartilage, is just one of the substances known as dermal fillers, used by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and cosmetic doctors. This product is used to treat wrinkles and scars, create fuller lips, and enhance the contours of the face. Over the past few years, there's been interest in using these fillers for feet. As we age, the plantar fat pad (the fatty tissue on the sole of the foot) naturally wears down and flattens, which can make walking uncomfortable whether you're a fan of high heels or not. The injection of dermal fillers in the feet can help relieve the situation by adding extra 'cushion' and protection to the plantar fat pad.
At Body Renewal, the doctor will first numb the area with ice and then will a inject an anaesthetic into the ball of the foot. This will numb the area and when the filler is injected into the small cushions, no pain will be felt. A simple procedure that takes approx 15 minutes for both feet.
The ball of the foot will be tender for 24 to 48 hours. It is advisable not to walk excessively on the foot for 24 hrs. Thereafter, one can walk normally with minimal tenderness. Flat shoes are advised for the first 3 to 4 days after the procedure. After this time, high heels can be worn all day without the burning pain that usually occurs.
The deluxe "Loub Job" consists of the following injections:
Dermal Filler (for added comfort and protection) and Botulinum Toxin Type A (to prevent sweating of the feet).
The height of the heel also causes balance impairment, which can be made worse by foot sweating.
Dermal fillers can also be injected in and around bunions on the toes to add an internal protective cushioning.