Why thigh gap is a bad idea
It is always intriguing to see how trends have changed over time. The definition of beauty and what we find attractive as a society consistently changes due to some unknown force. For example in the 1950s, the full-figured look was desired. Through the 60s and 70s the desired body was very thin. The 80s were characterized by an athletic shape. Most recently women have been striving for a very natural look.
However, the latest obsession in the female figure is the "thigh gap.” The thigh gap is the desire to have a separation between the upper inner thighs. This means that when a woman is standing with her feet together the skin of the inner thighs from the uppermost part of the leg to the knees does not touch. This has become so popular that there are diets and exercises developed to help achieve this "result." Some women have even opted for liposculpture to recontour their thighs.
Very few women have a body that would allow for a natural thigh gap, therefore this is just not a realistic goal. In fact, some images of thigh gap are nothing but airbrushed Photoshop pictures. As a plastic surgeon, I am always hesitant when approached by a patient who desires a physical change to comply with a passing trend. Expectations should be realistic for one's age, gender and body shape. We should try to optimize our own bodies based on our individual standards – not on a fad.
Although, it remains to be seen if "thigh gap" will be a lasting trend, plastic surgeons often have to counsel patients about balance and a natural look. We discourage both men and women from comparing their bodies with others. The goal of any contouring procedure should be to bring out the best shape for that individual. There is no generic body image in mind when evaluating someone for plastic surgery. The goal is to establish balance amongst the parts of each individual body area with one another.
Beauty ideals are constantly shifting and changing. In order to get good long-lasting results, you must have realistic expectations that meet your own body’s standard of beauty.