My Fish Pedicure Experience (Before and After)

I had heard about fish pedicures from friends and seen them offered at various spas in the area, so I decided it was time to give this unusual treatment a try for myself.

“Out of curiosity, are you afraid of a fish pedicure like so many people are, just because somee viral images are being spread about danger of fish pedicure?”

Okay, i agree there are dangers but it is not always dangerous as it’s believed! It’s has its own perks despite being banned in some countries for some reasons.


I booked an appointment at a local spa that had just begun offering fish pedicure services.

Let me Share my Images:

Fish Pedicure Before And After

Here’s the result of having Fish Pedicure. To be honest, it was more fun than a professional pedicures but yes, those tiny fishes cleaned my feet- ate rough skin- to make them smooth and silky than before.

Fsh Pedicure before and After; Everything was good.
Fish Pedicure Before And After

Arriving for My Appointment

When I arrived, the staff provided me with a brief overview of what to expect. I would sit with my feet in a clean tank filled with warm water and small Garra rufa fish, also known as “pooka fish.”

These toothless fish would gently exfoliate the dead skin on my feet by nibbling at it.

The spa staff assured me it would be a relaxing, rejuvenating experience.

The Fish Pedicure Treatment

I settled into the pedicure chair and placed my feet into the warm, bubbly water.

At first, I was a bit tense, waiting to feel the fish swarming around my feet.

Then I felt the first gentle tickling sensations on my toes and began to relax, despite the unusual nature of tiny fish “grooming” my skin.

It took a few minutes for the fish to make their way up from my toes to the bottoms of my feet. But once they did, there were probably 50 to 100 fish surrounding each foot.

The nibbling sensation was quite strange and tingly at first, almost like getting a foot massage with tiny electric toothbrushes skittering all over your skin!

However, I got accustomed to the sensations quickly. As I leaned back in the chair, it really did start to feel relaxing, with the fish gently exfoliating off the rougher skin on my heels and the sides of my feet.

The fish were thorough – any rough patch of skin was quickly discovered and attended to.

After about 15 minutes, the dead skin was removed and my feet felt amazingly soft and smooth, like I’d just received an intensive exfoliating treatment. The staff had me remove my feet from the tank, rinse them off with clean water, and then applied a refreshing mint-cucumber lotion.

Takeaways from My Fish Pedicure

Trying fish pedicure was certainly an eye-opening and unique spa experience for me! Here are my key takeaways:

  • The treatment delivered surprisingly thorough exfoliation without any abrasion or scrape. My feet were exceptionally smooth afterward.
  • It took a few minutes to get comfortable with the unusual sensations of dozens of tiny fish nibbling at my skin. But the treatment was quite relaxing once I got used to it.
  • No pain at all during treatment – the Garra rufa toothless fish are tiny, harmless, and gentle in their skin “grooming” process.
  • My feet and lower legs felt cleaner, softer and more rejuvenated after this type of pedicure compared to regular soak and exfoliate treatments I’ve received.

Overall, I’m thrilled to have discovered fish pedicure as an effective, novel way to get ultra-smooth feet. While it may not be for everyone, the uniqueness of the experience makes it worth trying at least once if you come across it! I may not rush back every month, but I’ll now consider returning for occasional fish pedicure maintenance and relaxation.

Benefits of Fish Pedicures

Beyond my personal experience, research has uncovered a variety of health and wellness benefits provided by fish pedicures:

  • Removal of dead, calloused skin – The tiny Garra rufa fish are very thorough in nibbling away rough patches, leaving skin feeling exceptionally smooth.
  • Gentle exfoliation – Fish pedicures may be gentler than using scrubs which can irritate skin. The fish softly and continuously pick at skin.
  • Help for mild psoriasis – Some studies have found that removing excess skin can aid in relief of certain skin conditions. The fish pedicure’s exfoliation has provided temporary relief for some psoriasis sufferers.
  • Potential anti-microbial properties – As filter feeding fish, Garra rufa may have benefits for fungal infections like Athlete’s Foot through removing infected skin. Some early studies are still inconclusive but show promising results.
  • Increased blood circulation – As the fish stimulate areas of the feet, the pedicure may help boost blood flow like a foot massage. This brings more oxygen and nutrients to the tissue.
  • Relaxation – Many who try this type of pedicure find it to be an utterly unique and relaxing experience as one suspends disbelief over the unusual nature of having tiny fish tend to their feet. The sensations once accustomed to can be calming.

While more research is still needed, these early findings seem to support fish pedicures as providing tangible benefits beyond novelty. The treatment checks a lot of boxes in terms of skin health, circulation, and overall wellness. I’m glad I gave it a try for the experience and results!

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