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Boob job vouchers 'not a good gift idea'

Published: 20 Dec 2011 14:10 GMT+01:00

Professor Peter Vogt, president of the German Society of Plastic Surgeons, said such offers, frequently available online, did not give potential patients time to consider what they really wanted done or the opportunity to get to know their possible surgeon.

“Strongly discounted offers for aesthetic procedures such as breast enlargement and liposuction lead patients to decide for an aesthetic procedure that they might never have considered without that offer, and with that, not think about the risks,” said the Berlin-based surgeon in a statement.

They are also often put under pressure to make a quick decision by offers with a time limit, he said, leaving no time for a patient to check out a doctor’s credentials.

“The patient must carefully check if the person making the offer is qualified to conduct the requested procedure,” he said, recommending that anyone considering surgery discuss the options with the potential surgeon – an option closed to people who have been bought a voucher.

“Because a patient has practically decided blind, the necessary patient-doctor discussion is missing. The voucher patient is taking the second step before the first,” he said.

The purchase of a voucher commits patient and doctor to a procedure before they have talked about what is medically advisable or what the patient wants, he said. The pressure to have the procedure done is also particularly high as the voucher has been a present, he added, while the ethics of the surgeons making such offers should also be questioned.

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15:17 December 20, 2011 by dcgi
Or at least let them be transferable to the bloke to get a moob reduction
21:23 December 20, 2011 by hofmeister1
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22:37 December 20, 2011 by wxman
Notice that she has a really nice rock on her engagement finger. I wonder what the guy sees in her? (sarcasm, of course)
07:01 December 21, 2011 by Wrench
Thanks for the mammaries!
08:00 December 21, 2011 by Englishted
How about a three for two offer?

Or a voucher to have brain put in @hofmeister1

or even surgically removed,.
08:56 December 21, 2011 by zeddriver
Nothing says I love you honey quite like a gift certificate to fix her inadequate boobs. To me. This would be the same as a wife buying her man a strap on male enhancement device. Pretty much an insult.

Over the years I have seen quite a few documentaries that shows the majority of these plastic women tend to be suffering from some sort of mental issue. Of course there are exceptions. But a lot of these women are somehow misguided into believing that happiness is directly correlated with the size of their boobs. And right behind these misguided women. There is usually a misguided man pushing them through the doctor's front door.
18:47 December 21, 2011 by mikel taylor
Anyone know what kind of watch she is wearing, and do you think the jewelry is fake, hard to tell from the photos, I know some of you probably didn't notice the watch or the jewelry,

Hope all of Deutschland has a great Christmas, (we can't say Christmas in the states it's not politically correct) which is a bunch of BS
00:01 December 22, 2011 by parografik
I'm not sure the German tax system, but why couldn't this be considered an educational tax deduction, or subsidy? It might be worth a degree of some sort, to cite another article on "The Local."

Not that it matters to me, of course. No, not at all.
08:31 December 24, 2011 by Englishted
If you do buy them avoid the French ones.
02:56 December 26, 2011 by Buckshott
What a delightful photo! I put it on my desktop.
08:44 December 27, 2011 by OllO
@Mikel Taylor, actually I was wondering about the pink bracelet on her right wrist. Anyone know what it is for?

Also, how do you check the credentials of a German doctor? What else is available to patients? [Complaints, insurance status, etc.?]

In the USA there are several databases and websites (many are provided by the government) for this purpose.
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