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Health groups warn over cosmetic surgery lotteries

Health groups in the UK are calling for a ban on cosmetic surgery prize draws.
Health groups warn over cosmetic surgery lotteriesThe Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) have criticised procedures like boob jobs, face lifts and botox being offered through competitions.

They claim cosmetic surgery promotions are becoming more popular, especially over the last three months.

As well as prize draws, they say loyalty card schemes, divorcee packages, magazine competitions and online deals are also big concerns.

Some health experts believe advertising surgery in this way is encouraging young people to get treatments they don’t want or need.

Their concerns come days after My Big Fat Plastic Surgery Prize Draw, the first of a series of monthly events across the UK.

Tickets cost £25, with free entry into a lottery to win £4,000 worth of surgery of your choice.

The event was hosted in a nightclub in London and sponsored by a cosmetic surgery group. Runner-up prizes included fillers and semi-permanent make-up.

Jackie Lewis from Baaps specialises in breast surgery and criticised the draws.

“Cosmetic surgery should not be offered as a commodity prize,” she said. “This is not something that can be trivialised.

“If you’re going to subject yourself to a procedure which is irreversible with lifelong consequences, we recommend you think about it carefully first.”

The Government says you are free to choose where you have cosmetic surgery and the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) insist all adverts must be socially responsible and not misleading.