Fish pedicures, popular in Turkey and other Asian countries for some time, only recently made a big splash here in the United States. Customers soak their feet in tubs of water where hungry (toothless) flesh-loving carp gently nibble away the dead skin. The skin is left feeling soft and callus free without the use and hazards of razors. This novelty treatment has been well received in spas around the country. Customers describe the process as of a bit tickling sensation, they like the results. Spas like the customer response and have been considering extending the process to offer a full body sloughing.
A Washington salon owner, Tuyet Bui of Peridot Nail Salon in Kent, was inspired by a Today show segment to introduce this new fad service in her salon. It took Bui some time to locate and import the special fish, doctor fish, from China -- 300 at a cost of $3,000. She started offering the service several weeks ago.
But today there is news that the Washington State Department of Licensing notified the salon to stop offering the treatment, declaring that it is illegal. It seems they have determined that the procedure is unsanitary as there is no way to know "that the fish aren't carrying something from a previous customer." Will other states move to ban this increasingly popular treatment? Who knows, but if you wish to give it a try, you may want to make your appointment soon.
And what about the fish? I guess no one is concerned that they may be dining on feet that aren't sanitary. . .