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Thursday, June 12, 2008

School debt, car debt, home debt... plastic surgery?

"The medical industry has responded by marketing plastic surgery as if it were an appliance or other big-ticket consumer product: a commodity to be financed with credit cards and loans.

About a third of people considering plastic surgery reported average household incomes below $30,000, according to a survey conducted in 2004 for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The poll of 644 people found that 13 percent of those seeking information on plastic surgery procedures reported an annual household income of more than $90,000.

...Michelle Lee, 28 ...used a finance company to pay for $6,000 in liposuction after her regular workouts failed to perfect her arms, stomach and inner thighs, she said. 'Those were problem areas for me and I needed results now,' she said. 'It is all about instant gratification for me.'"

From the New York Times

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