Dermal fillers are used to shape a broad scope of features — from the face all the way down to the feet. And while the use of fillers for foot comfort isn’t a new practice in the aesthetic space, it’s limited to a handful of practices across the United States, one of which is the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England in Portland, Maine.
“Following the ‘stiletto lift,’ women are able to fit into more stylish, sexier shoes,” says Christopher Toth, D.P.M., a foot surgeon, who performs the procedure at the cosmetic center.
Other candidates for this procedure include professionals who are on their feet the majority of the day, who may experience pain over time. “Extra padding in their feet will not only work well in any shoe that they wear, it will also result in less pain,” Dr. Toth tells The Aesthetic Channel. “The procedure is an alternative to the surgical procedure I would normally perform as a remedy to that deformity.”
Dr. Toth was trained in the filler procedure in New York City and has been performing it for the past five years, now averaging two or three treatments a month.
Contrary to what one might believe, it’s not the holidays or special events that are a primary motivator for foot fillers, according to Dr. Toth. “I do not think there is a time of the year that is busier than any other,” he says. “A lot of patients who opt for this procedure have heard about it through word of mouth or are patients who do not necessarily fit into a surgical criterion.”