Helping Haiti, one needle at a time…

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard about the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti this week. The news is tragic, and rightly, there have been a multitude of money raising efforts started subsequently. Perhaps the oddest one though, can be found here, where a Manhattan plastic Surgeon has pledged to donate all proceeds from Botox and Filler treatments to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

I’m slightly torn on this one. Clearly, Haiti is in need of Aid, and the fact that so many people have forwarded what they are able to is admirable. I don’t want to seem for a second that I’m shooting down the notion of fund raising for Haiti, nor am I denying that the Plastic Surgery industry makes big bucks..

… so perhaps I am just being cynical in highlighting the potentially offensive correlation between beautifying, anti-aging plastic surgery in the glamour capital Manhattan,  and the altogether different type of surgery that has been abundant in Haiti this week:  limb amputation.

As has been reported widely across our news media, Haiti hospitals are struggling to cope with the huge influx of seriously injured people needing imminent treatment, with some medical facilities having to be assembled on the streets in order to cope with the huge numbers requiring medical assessment. Botulinum toxin just doesn’t seem appropriate.

To make a donation to the Haiti Earthquake fund, please visit The Red Cross or Oxfam.

By: Yasmin Eshref, 15.01.2010 | Comments (3)
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  • Sarah Barnes
    January 15th, 2010
    12:20 pm

    The surgeon’s site can be found here;

    The notice at the bottom of the site reads;

    ‘Help Us Help Haiti. Join us Wednesday, January 20 to raise money for the American Red Cross Relief Fund. We have committed 100% of our profits from Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm and Radiesse injections on January 20th to the American Red Cross.’

    A lot of people are of the mind that at least he’s doing something to benefit Haiti… but, to me, it feels like an awfully thought through publicity stunt. Did they even think this through, in fact? Further than anticipating a long line of well-meaning botox newbies who are sure to become future customers, I mean…

  • Stephen
    January 15th, 2010
    1:05 pm

    I highly doubt the concept will prompt people to suddenly consider plastic surgery. It’s solely targeted at their existing customer base.
    Given the huge amounts of money involved and that 100% of that money is going to Haiti, and the benefit to the business is minimal, it’s nothing more than a man using his skills for a cause. Regardless of how you feel about plastic surgery, that’s admirable.

  • Sian Gleitzman
    January 17th, 2010
    12:02 pm

    Perhaps it won’t get people to suddenly consider plastic surgery, but it might well be the tipping point for someone who’s considered it but never been sure- the charitable aspect could seal the deal for some, I think.

    I feel this is a double edged sword because yes, this man is donating money to a very worthy cause, but it’s definitely not of minimal benefit to him- if the details of his deal have already made it to England, they must be all over the place in the States, so this is a nice little slice of free publicity, really. I think Miss Eshref is quite right in pointing out it’s not the fundraising aspect of Dr Shafer’s deal that is inappropriate- just the nature of how this money is achieved that is distasteful.

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