Fish pedicure FAQs

You may have noticed a fish pedicure service popping up in your local high street - these pedicures are a rising trend in the UK. Although they have a relatively long history in Asia, the idea is still fairly novel in this country, and many people have questions about the treatment.

What does a fish pedicure involve?

Fish pedicures involve submerging your feet in a tank of water with fish in it. The fish eat the dead skin on your feet.

What type of fish are used in a fish pedicure?

The fish are nicknamed "doctor fish" but they are actually a small species named Garra Rufa. They live in fresh water and are native to the Middle East.

How long does the fish pedicure last?

Fish pedicures typically last between 20 and 35 minutes.

What does a fish pedicure feel like?

Most people describe the sensation as a sort of vibrating: much like you would get from a micro massage. It can be a strange sensation for the first minute or so, but once you are used to the feeling it can actually be quite relaxing.

Do fish pedicures tickle?

You may feel a little ticklish for the first minute or so, but the sensation should become more relaxing as you get used to it.

Do fish pedicures hurt?

No - the doctor fish have no teeth and there's no pain involved.

What are the benefits of fish pedicures?

Your feet will feel smoother, softer and refreshed after a fish pedicure.

How much does a fish pedicure cost?

Expect to pay between £20 and £40 for a fish pedicure, with top salons charging up to £60.

Are fish pedicures hygienic?

Reputable salons will ask everyone to clean their feet before using the tank. Tanks are continually cleaned through filtration systems and ultraviolet sensors.

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