Cosmetic surgery reality shows send a dangerous message to viewers

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ( have declared the growing trend in cosmetic surgery reality shows, such as MTV`s I Want a Famous Face, sends a dangerous message to viewers, encouraging people to seek plastic surgery for the wrong reasons.

According to Norman Waterhouse, President of the BAAPS;

“One of the things surgeons must evaluate when interviewing patients is whether they have realistic expectations about the potential results. Wanting to look exactly like a celebrity is an example of unrealistic attitudes. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons urges those interested in cosmetic procedures to first speak with a qualified surgeon, as they can provide unbiased information and recommendations.”

Programmes such as the FX Network drama Nip/Tuck and ABC`s Extreme Makeover from America, and Channel Five`s upcoming Plastic Surgery Live prey on the vulnerabilities of a society increasingly obsessed with physical perfection.

According to Waterhouse;

“Viewers of these shows may be encouraged to regard "extreme" changes as the goal of cosmetic procedures, when in fact most plastic surgery is geared toward enhancing a person`s appearance while preserving their individuality.”

The BAAPS also warns that patients who base their expectations on another person`s surgical results may be in for disappointment. That`s because every individual has unique physical characteristics that help determine the final results of cosmetic surgery.

The Association recognises the challenge producers face when creating entertainment. When it comes to health issues, the BAAPS gives credit to those programmes that select appropriately qualified surgeons, particularly members of the BAAPS, which ensures they have appropriate training and experience. To ensure patient safety, the need for proper credentials should always be emphasized.

The BAAPS is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeons` contact details can be found on the BAAPS web site, and further materials can be posted to members of the public seeking specialised information.

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