Do you remember the TV series “Nip/Tuck”? Airing between 2003 and 2009, the brilliantly tawdry, melodramatic and often tongue-in-cheek show portrayed the life and times of two hotshot plastic surgeons. While the storylines were spun heavily with soap opera kink and hypersexual complexity, the showÂ pushed the envelope when it came to ideas of beauty, vanity and morality, often challenging hot-button social issues while questioning people’s obsessive preoccupation with appearances.
Every week, “Nip/Tuck’s” fountain of youth narrative was built around a client who wanted to have a specific cosmetic surgery. Many of these procedures were not only strange and avant-garde, but came close to verging on science fiction. “Nip/Tuck” might have been a TV show, but in the real world of plastic surgery, some of the available procedures are every bit as interesting and entertaining as what took place on TV’s operating table. In fact, in today’s world of hi-tech science and medical ingenuity, facelifts, rhinoplasty and breast augmentations are about as mundane as having an unsightly mole removed. Here’s a closer look at some lesser-known cosmetic surgeries.
1. Ankle Liposuction for ‘Cankles’
Many people are unhappy and self-conscious about the size and shape of their feet, but what about their ankles? The area where the calf muscle and ankle meet is a hot spot for cosmetic repair, especially amongst women. In popular culture, an ankle that appears fattened, swollen or like an extension of the calf muscle is colorfully referred to as a cankle. Of course, a cosmetic surgeon will tell you it’s simply the result of adipose tissue surrounding the soleus tendon. Either way you look at, it’s not uncommon for people to get liposuction to take care of the problem.