So I’m watching Ugly Betty on Sunday on my DVR and what do I see? Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams) soaking her feet in flesh eating fish to make them smooth as a baby’s bottom. I was shocked, disgusted and intrigued all at the same time. My first thought was, “yeah right!” But, knowing that some of the craziest stories on television are based in reality I decided to do a little sleuthing.
Lo and behold, this is an actual treatment in Japan. They call the little guys Doctor Fish (actual name garru-rufa) and they feast on dead skin. They don’t have any teeth just a suction cup type mouth that removes the skin, leaving it glowing and smooth. The sensation has been described as tingly or ticklish. Oh and it’s not just for the feet. If you’re brave enough, you can immerse yourself for a whole body exfoliation.