Surgeons aghast at plastic surgery app aimed at kids
Computer games offering the chance to perform plastic surgery are either "harmless fun" or a "new low" and "highly damaging", depending whether you are a player - or a plastic surgeon.
The apps, including Girls Plastic Surgery Doctor are available - mostly for free - on the Google Play Store and App Store.
They allow children to perform "different life-saving plastic surgery operations, including fixing broken bones and damaged skin ... using real medical tools". They can "also perform surgeries for plump lips, pretty eyes, perfect noses, glowing skin and much more with expert techniques".
The app Plastic Surgery Simulator - Surgeon Games states: "Every girl dreams of a delicate face and stunning figure.
"If make-up can't give the beauty you want, then come to join this amazing plastic surgery game. You can turn into a Victoria's Secret model at once."
The London-based Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an independent body that examines and reports on ethical issues in biology and medicine, is shocked.
Jeanette Edwards, professor of social anthropology at the University of Manchester, who chaired the Nuffield inquiry, said advertising and social media promoted unrealistic and often discriminatory messages about how girls and women "should look"...