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When Plastic Surgery is “Trivialized”

As I mentioned before, media has a big part to play in the increased demand for cosmetic surgery these days. But media’s coverage of cosmetic surgery also has a negative effect, as this BBC news article reports. Leading doctors from the British Association of Plastic Surgeons say the obsession with cosmetic surgery is obscuring the real work plastic surgeons do and tends to trivialize what the specialty can do. They say some people even see them in a similar vein as hairdressers. But this perception means that some unsuitable and unqualified doctors are performing cosmetic surgery, leaving the qualified plastic surgeons to repair the damage. The doctors emphasized their work of healing and helping people, treating cancer patients burn and accident victims, and patients with congenital deformities such as cleft palates.

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