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Cosmetic surgery prize draw condemned

Cosmetic surgery prize draw condemned "Insane and depraved"

UK plastic surgeons have strongly criticised the "My Big Fat Plastic Surgery Prize Draw," which is offering up to £4000 worth of cosmetic surgery in a nightclub prize draw.

The contests, held by Sarah Burge, dubbed "the human Barbie," and a cosmetic surgery group based in Birmingham, are sponsored by a vodka brand and promise "the first ever plastic surgery lottery events with a completely new experience that mixes high class partying with attractive prizes from the world of Plastic Surgery."

For a £25 ticket, attendees at a London nightclub this month will be entered into a draw for £4,000 of cosmetic surgery. Runner-up prizes include facial injectables such as Botox and fillers, teeth whitening, semi-permanent makeup, and pole dancing lessons.

Dr Fazel Fatah, consultant plastic surgeon and President of British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: “We are now seeing a new level of insanity and depravity in the way certain cosmetic surgery providers market and promote their services: life-changing, serious surgical procedures being raffled in an alcohol-fuelled evening extravaganza.

"Patients who seek cosmetic surgery are among the most vulnerable group of patients in society and they need to be protected from the greed of commercial advocates.

"The Government is deluded if they think that the commercial sector will exercise self regulation and abide by any voluntary code of conduct of advertising and promotion of surgical procedures to trusting patients.

"I call upon the Government to ban all advertising of cosmetic surgery and prohibit inducements and offers of any kind of surgery as a lottery prize."

Last month, cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation and nose alterations were on special offer for a day on the online discount website Groupon.

This article was published on Tue 7 June 2011

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