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Med&Care, a UK cosmetic surgery group, has recently announced that they are offering 12 month interest free loans on their cosmetic surgery procedures which cost between £500 and £10,000. Previous financial incentives have included holiday vouchers and loyalty cards as well as current savings on certain surgery procedures if undertaken on particular days.

Surely, the ability to be able to spread the payments for a body we have always dreamed of, at no additional cost, is a good thing? Especially for those of us who don’t have City worker salaries but certainly want the body.

Sheldon Wilder, Newlookholiday’s sales and marketing manager has said,

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Mr. Wilder continues to argue that by offering such incentives it will stop people going abroad for treatments.

There is huge demand among patients who want procedures to be more affordable in the UK. . . . . this is just another way of making this happen.

But not everybody is as quick to agree. Douglas McGeorge, president of BAAPS (the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) has condemned the move as “irresponsible” whilst Dr Richard Lewis, the Welsh secretary of the British Medical Association has stated that “encouraging plastic surgery through financial incentives – is ethically questionable.”

Douglas McGeorge argues

“When considering aesthetic surgery, price should not rule. While the fees clearly need to be considered, it should never be the primary factor in selecting a plastic surgeon. The surgeon’s training, qualifications and experience are key to the success of cosmetic surgery.”

He went on to say that

My concern is they are using interest free loans as an incentive to get people through the door. It is very worrying. It is irresponsible. The whole push Transform has is to get as many people through the door as possible.
BAPRAS urges patients not to be unduly influenced to proceed with treatments when a financial inducement is the major factor in the decision. Expert advice, competent treatment and a clinical rather than commercial focus should underpin all decisions.

Dr Richard Lewis, Welsh secretary of the British Medical Association, said,

Cosmetic surgery which is not life-saving or life-changing should be undertaken only after very serious reflection. Anything that promotes patients to undertake these procedures at a much lower threshold – such as encouraging plastic surgery through financial incentives – is ethically questionable.

Sheldon Wilder, sales and marketing director at Med&Care, said,

We wanted to establish a more affordable option and 0% finance packages are something we are all familiar with in our everyday lives, especially when making large purchases. There is huge demand among patients who want procedures to be more affordable in the UK so they can avoid going abroad for treatment, and this is just another way of making this happen.

Whilst most of us would agree with Mr McGeorge, that cosmetic surgery is not something that should be considered without great thought and looking at all options, not of all of us have an endless amount of cash. If people are serious about cosmetic surgery and it is not affordable here in the UK many will go abroad. Cosmetic Surgery surely should not just be an option for the rich and should we be forced abroad?

Cosmetic Surgery becoming more popular in an appearance focussed society

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BBC’s Radio 1 has recently undertaken the biggest ever survey on body image. More than 25,000 listeners filled in questionnaires online regarding how they felt about their bodies.

It may come of a surprise to find that half of the women who filled in the questionnaire said they would consider cosmetic surgery because they felt unhappy about how they looked. Breast enhancement was the most popular type of surgery they would opt for, whilst liposuction was popular with both males and females.

It seems that size is still very important to us all. One third of all the women who were over size 12 considered themselves to be overweight or fat. The opposite is true of the males who mostly want to be bigger and one in five men have taken protein supplements to beef up.

In this appearance focussed society it is becoming more acceptable to have cosmetic surgery. Rather than denying they have had any work done, more celebrities are flaunting their new bodies. Gemma Atkinson (actress in Hollyoaks) for example, was quoted in one popular magazine saying how a breast enlargement had helped to boost her career and Demi Moore has had various surgery. Make-over television shows like 10 Years Younger show how easy it is to achieve your dream look with the help of surgery.

In 2014 almost 29,000 surgical procedures were carried out by BAAPS members, which were up by 31.2% on 2005 figures. Douglas McGeorge, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said,

“These figures reflect the growing acceptance of aesthetic surgery, particularly in the areas of body contouring and anti-ageing. I attribute at least some of this trend to the continued media coverage which provides the public with an idea of what surgical procedures can achieve.”

According to Mr. Rajiv Grover, consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS Council member responsible for the UK national audit of cosmetic surgery

“Judging by the dramatic rise in certain procedures, it is clear we are becoming a more body-image conscious society”.

And it’s not just in this country that cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular. In a survey, conducted in South Korea in September 77.5% of the female respondents said that cosmetic surgery is necessary to make them look more attractive, whilst only 2.1% of the women surveyed said that cosmetic surgery is not necessary.

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