Bridging the Gap – What’s the Word on Thigh Gaps?
March 7, 2013 - By Dr. Jules Feledy
Searching social media sites such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook in all the right places will yield a number of fan pages that celebrate “the elusive gap,” also known as the thigh gap – a sliver of empty space between the upper thighs when standing upright. You’ve probably seen such a gap sported by runway models, Victoria’s Secret ads, and on countless magazine covers. There are some that are worried about an obsession over this gap among young girls has become a worrying trend.
Is there a rising demand for thigh-centric cosmetic procedures?
But is there a trend? Surgically speaking, anyway? Some news outlets, such as the UK’s Daily Mail, are reporting a rise in thigh-related procedures, but ASPS president-elect Dr. Robert Murphy doesn’t see such a trend.
Dr. Murphy says that women’s interest in thighs and slimming them down, “has always been an area on concern…now it’s just getting reinvented under a new title.” Furthermore, with the 2012 statistics fresh off the press, surgical procedures often employed to contour the thighs have actually decreased in popularity. Last year saw a one per cent decrease in the number of liposuction procedures. Instead, non-invasive procedures – Botox, injectable fillers, and laser procedures – were the types of procedures to show significant growth.
Dr. Murphy doesn’t discount the power media has over plastic surgery trends, though. “Media visibility puts something forward in a person’s mind,” said Dr. Murphy. The kind of curves and contours the most popular supermodels sport today may in fact influence what kind of surgery a patient may have on their mind when they come into a plastic surgeon’s office tomorrow. If there is to be a rise in thigh surgeries to come, only time will tell.