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Fashion Trends That Can Affect Your Health

Medically reviewed on Jan 06, 2017 by C. Fookes, BPharm

When Killer Heels Kill Feet

High heels can bring the "wow" factor to an outfit. But for the sake of your feet, back, and posture, save the killer heels for special occasions. Wearing heels more than three times a week shortens the muscles in your calves and back and can lead to chronic pain and muscle spasms. Toes forced into narrow shoes are a recipe for nerve damage and bunions. Heels also tilt you forward, putting pressure on your spine and increase the risk of sciatica.

For everyday wear choose flat shoes or dress shoes with a wider toe area and a less angular wedge. Go barefoot around the house or on weekends. See your doctor at the first sign of any foot, leg, or back pain.

Playing Russian Roulette With Your Eyes

Changing your eye color or adding cute (or scary) effects to your eyes seems to be the ultimate fashion accessory. But the bottom line is, decorative contact lenses need to be cared for and cleaned just like normal contact lenses. If you share them with others or don't clean them properly you will get an eye infection. FDA-approved decorative contact lenses require a prescription from an eye doctor in the U.S. Many online contact lens sellers are fraudulent and dangerous. Only buy fashion contacts from an eye care professional, and learn the proper cleaning and wearing method. Your eyes are important. Take care of them.

Nerve Pain and Tummy Aches From Too Much Squeeze

Shapewear, spanx, and other types of compression underwear help mold our body into a better shape for that body hugging dress or those skinny jeans. But our bodies are not designed to be extremely constricted. Too-tight garments can compress nerves leading to pain, numbness and tingling. Waistbands or belts that are uncomfortable around the tummy can cause reflux. Holding on too long before going to the bathroom because you can't get your shapewear off has caused yeast and bladder infections in some women.

Treat your tight garments like high-heeled shoes. Save them for occasional special events and take them off as soon as you get home.

Full-Lipped and Wrinkle-Free But Scarred For Life

Dermal fillers like Juvederm are a popular, nonsurgical way to rejuvenate your face. Quick and easy, you can plump out those wrinkles and lips in just a few minutes. However, severe allergic reactions, permanent scarring, disfigurement, and blindness have occurred with dermal fillers. Most of these horror stories come from people who have purchased illegal products online and then self-injected them.

If you choose to use dermal fillers, don't allow anyone that is not a trained or experienced professional to perform the injections. Check that they only use FDA-approved dermal fillers. Anything else is not worth the risk.

Botoxed Up. Emotionally Down and Out.

Botox contains botulinum toxin, a deadly poison. Yet each year, millions of doses of Botox are injected into the faces of American men and women. Botox relaxes frown lines caused by overactive muscles. Potential side effects include allergic reactions, droopy eyelids, and muscle spasms. Botox also restricts our facial expressions which can affect the way we display emotion.

In recent years the drug has become popular with teenagers wanting to achieve that "plastic" look shown by some celebrities. Experts are concerned that use in teenagers may in turn affect their confidence if they can't express emotion. Botox is only approved in adults for cosmetic purposes.

Piercings And Tattoos: Choose Reputable And Hygienic Artists

Almost 40% of people under the age of 40 have a tattoo, and at least 25% of them regret it. Tattooing pushes ink into the dermis, and any procedure that breaks the protective barrier of the skin provides an entry point for bacteria as well as viruses. Small localized infections around the site of the tattoo can easily spread into surrounding skin areas and become cellulitis, or spread to the blood stream and cause sepsis. Allergies have also been reported to tattoo ink, and equipment or surroundings that are not properly cleaned can transfer viruses such as hepatitis C and HIV. Transmission of leprosy, syphilis, tuberculosis and warts during tattooing has also been reported. When done badly, both piercings and tattoos can scar.

Choose your body artist wisely. Ask what their sterilization procedures are and check their brands of ink are from a reputable supplier. The more you can lower the risk of getting an infection, suffering an allergic reaction, bleeding or scarring, the better.

The Big Squeeze: Waist Training

Waist training uses corset-like contraptions to mold your body into a slimmer figure, achieving that much-desired hour-glass look. Corset-wearing first became fashionable in the 18th and 19th century but has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity with celebrities such as the Kardashians promoting these waist-snatching devices.

But wearing a super-tight device around your waist comes with several downsides. Waist training places pressure on internal organs such as your liver and bowel and compresses your lungs making breathing difficult. Skeletons of corset-wearing women from Victorian times showed skeletal changes in the spine. Waist training will also not permanently reduce the amount of fat around your middle; as soon as you take the corset off, your body fat redistributes itself back to normal.

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