Breast Implant Contests Stir Scandal

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Recently, an Australian men’s magazine sparked outrage and scrutiny when it printed a contest where a winning reader would receive money for “a boob job for your girlfriend.”

The Gaming and Racing Minister immediately ordered an investigation, as there are laws forbidding cosmetic surgery prizes in Australia. However, editor Paul Merrill told a Sydney newspaper that no laws were broken, because the prize is money, not surgery, despite the printed intention. “If they choose to spend it on surgery, they can. We’ve checked out all the legals,” he told the paper.

The president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons promised any surgeon who performs surgery offered as a prize would face removal from the medical register.

Earlier this year, a Florida radio station offered breast augmentation surgery to the woman who could “party hardest” for 30 hours straight. At the time of the competition, many of the contestants were not aware that the doctor chosen by the station to perform the surgery was on probation due to botching several previous surgeries. Whether or not the winner has undergone surgery is not known.

No matter how badly you want breast implants, approach the procedure safely and smartly. There is no perfectly legal way to receive breast implant surgery as a prize, and no board-certified plastic surgeon would participate in such a stunt.

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