fauxklore (fauxklore) wrote,

News briefs - cosmetic edition

Two items from the International Herald Tribune make me wonder what our world has come to:

1) "A study published last year in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that dermatologists in 11 American cities and one county offered faster appointments to a person calling about Botox than for someone calling about a changing mole, a possible sign of skin cancer."

Now, it doesn't say how many cities and counties they surveyed, so it's hard to tell if this is really common, but it's pretty appalling none the less. The article explains that focusing on cosmetic procedures allows the dermatologists in question to avoid dealing with insurance companies, resulting in higher income for the same time spent on procedures. That little thing called the Hippocratic Oath doesn't seem to enter their heads.

2) Today's IHT had a story about brides who tried to insist on cosmetic procedures, including plastic surgery in some cases, for their bridesmaids. I can see a spa day as a nice treat, but they also had examples like a botox party and the bride who asked her bridesmaids to get breast implants.

To be fair, they also pointed out several cases where the bridesmaids refused to go along, even at the cost of the relationship.
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