'Doctor fish' nibble at hands and feet to smooth skin at spa in Beirut

A customer undergoes fish spa treatment at the Argilab beauty center in Beirut.
A customer undergoes fish spa treatment at the Argilab beauty center in Beirut. (Cynthia Karam/reuters)

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Monday, January 24, 2011; 8:58 PM

How about a mani or pedi from a fish? At the Argilab beauty center in Beirut, a customer undergoes fish spa therapy. Garra rufa, also known as the "doctor fish," exfoliate hands, ankles, calves and feet. The inch-long silver fish don't bite; they simply nibble at dead skin cells with mouths that act like suction cups. Customers describe the experience as a tingling, tickling sensation, and say it leaves the skin smooth. Spas say the treatment can improve such chronic skin conditions as psoriasis and eczema. Despite some skepticism, it has become a popular spa treatment in Europe and Asia.

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