Background: Operative procedures to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the feet are associated with risks. Minimally invasive procedures to volumize the dorsum of the foot are to this point not described. The present study investigates the safety and efficacy of such procedures in a retrospective clinical, anatomical, and ultrasound-based study. Methods: A total of 106 feet from 53 female patients (mean age, 64.1 ± 8.3 years) were investigated retrospectively after the injection of a commercially available calcium hydroxylapatite product using a single-entry proximal-to-distal fanning injection technique. Anatomical dissections in 20 fresh, nonembalmed feet from 10 human body donors (mean age, 83.1 ± 8.8 years) were dissected, and 20 feet from 10 healthy volunteers (mean age, 26.5 ± 6.2 years) were examined by ultrasound imaging to help guide conclusions. Results: Aesthetic outcome after 3 months was graded by the patients as 4, connoting good improvement (range, 3 to 5). No allergic reactions or other types of adverse events were documented. The layered anatomy of the dorsum of the foot was confirmed by anatomical dissections and ultrasound imaging as follows: skin, dorsal superficial fatty layer, dorsal superficial fascia, dorsal intermediate fatty layer, superficial lamina of the dorsal deep fascia, dorsal deep fatty layer, and deep lamina of the dorsal deep fascia. Conclusions: Minimally invasive injections of soft-tissue filler in the dorsum of the foot can provide an alternate solution to enhance the aesthetic appearance of feet. The present study provides support for the safety and efficacy of volumizing procedures using a 22-gauge, 50-mm, blunt-tip cannula. CLINICAL QUESTION/LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic, IV.
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