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October 5, 2007

What Some Women Will Do for Beauty

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Photo Credit: Katja Govorushchenko

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EXTREME MAKEOVER, PART 3: Calf reduction

WHY IT'S DONE: In general, Asian women have shorter legs and thicker calves than Caucasian women. These features are thought to be unsightly in their culture (some refer to them as "radish legs").

HOW IT WORKS: Two small incisions are made at the top of the calf in the back of the leg, where an endoscope is inserted and the muscle is separated from the membrane. The protruding muscle is cut away, shrinking the circumference of the calf. Patients usually recover in six months.

POTENTIAL SHRINKAGE: 1 to 3 inches.

COST: About $2,800

MOST POPULAR IN: South Korea, but gaining popularity all over Asia; it has yet to make its way to the U.S.

RISKS: Excessive bleeding, shapeless legs.


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