Ban Cosmetic Surgery Advertisements in the U.S.

Target: President Obama
Goal: Support the banning of advertisements for cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery is a huge, and still growing, industry that frequently has disastrous health effects. Yet plastic surgeons are able to aggressively advertise for dangerous and unnecessary surgeries. These advertisements are frequently found in public spheres where many people are forced to see them. The advertisements prey on the viewer’s insecurities in an attempt to exploit them for money. The cosmetic surgery advertisements normalize hatred of one’s body. France banned cosmetic surgery advertising in 2005. Now, advertisements for cosmetic surgeries should be banned in the United States, as well.

Cosmetic surgery advertising is a public health risk. The advertisements present cosmetic surgery as easy and a “quick fix” for anything one may feel insecure about. They promise increased confidence, completely ignoring statistics that show people who have had cosmetic surgery usually have lower self-esteem than those who have not or that women with breast implants are three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. The advertisements also trivialize the real and severe dangers of cosmetic surgery, like infection, blood clots, and even death.

Please, tell President Obama that you do not want to see advertisements for unnecessary and dangerous cosmetic surgeries.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

Cosmetic surgery is a huge industry that is growing rapidly. Cosmetic surgeries are dangerous and unnecessary. There are frequently disastrous health effects to cosmetic procedures. These advertisements normalize hatred of your body and cosmetic surgery. Yet, there are advertisements in public places, where we are forced to see them, that ruthlessly prey on low self-esteem to make a profit. France banned the advertising in 2005. Advertising cosmetic surgery should be banned in the United States.

Advertising cosmetic surgeries is a public health risk. The advertisements present surgery as an easy and “quick fix” for whatever it is one feels insecure about. The advertisements promise increased self-esteem, ignoring all of the research that shows those who have had cosmetic surgery usually have lower self-esteem than those who have not. The advertisements present breast implants as something that will make you happy and confident, despite the fact women with breast implants are three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. The advertisements also trivialize the physical dangers of cosmetic surgery like blood clots, infections, and even death. The messages that cosmetic surgery advertises are not messages anyone should be forced to see.

Please, ban the advertising of dangerous and unnecessary cosmetic surgeries.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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