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A new TV show sees a judging panel vote on whether people need plastic surgery and the world is NOT happy

There's quite the backlash.

05 Feb 2019

Here at GLAMOUR HQ, we are firm advocates that cosmetic surgery is totally your call. If you're keen to enhance your breasts, plump up your lips or tackle your frown lines via Botox, we believe you should do you. Hey, it's your body, your rules.

That's why we feel slightly uneasy about a new Channel 4 show that allows people to present themselves in front of a 12-strong jury of the public who will "decide if people get the cosmetic surgery they’ve always dreamed of."

The Surjery will give people the chance to undertake nose jobs, breast enlargements and butt lifts if the jury deem them worthy. The show's makers say it promises to "allow people to explore their choices more thoroughly, and to take measured advice from their peers."

Ross McCarthy, CEO and Executive Producer for Gobstopper Television, who are behind the show, said: “This is a totally new way of doing peer to peer advice, our pitchers will either get the surgery they’ve always wanted, or a massive boost in confidence when the public rules they don’t need work at all!"

The show's description explains that while some of their reasons for surgery will be obvious, some will require the candidate to remove items of clothing to show exactly what they want done and where, in an effort to secure 75% of the jury vote and get their procedure. Months later they’ll be invited back to 'show off' the results.

Becky Cadman, Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, said: “The Surjury is an innovative format that promises to literally, get under the skin of people who think that a quick fix is their best option.”

The show Ross McCarthy CEO and Executive Producer for Gobstopper Television commented: “This is a totally new way of doing peer to peer advice, our pitchers will either get the surgery they’ve always wanted, or a massive boost in confidence when the public rules they don’t need work at all!"

“Based on the promotional material alone, we believe the show will trivialise the serious decision all should take when considering aesthetic procedures” - read my statement on the worrying new @Channel4 #cosmeticsurgery show #Surjury. @BAPRASvoice https://t.co/Dwfer91e42'

— Mark Henley (@MrMarkHenley) February 1, 2019

“It is disappointing that, in 2019, we are still having to remind large broadcasters of the potential harm caused by glamorising cosmetic surgery” – read more about why BAPRAS are concerned about @Channel4’s new show, The Surjury: https://t.co/emyrHn9fy6' pic..com/8fij0ATZaP

— BAPRASvoice (@BAPRASvoice) February 1, 2019

We wholeheartedly disagree with new ⁦@Channel4⁩ show #thesurjury which "judges" whether people should have #cosmeticsurgery - it should purely be the #decision of the #patient about whether to go ahead with surgery or not and is not a decision that should be taken lightly pic..com/yXjtumBXuJ

— Reflect Clinic Ltd (@ReflectClinicCo) January 31, 2019

While some of their reasons for surgery will be obvious, some will require the candidate to remove items of clothing to show exactly what they want done and where, in an effort to secure 75% of the jury vote and get their procedure. Months later they’ll be invited back to show off the results.

Becky Cadman Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 said: “The Surjury is an innovative format that promises to literally, get under the skin of people who think that a quick fix is their best option.”

The show comes at the same time it was revealed by Dr De Silva, from the Centre For Advanced Facial Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, that women are now going under the knife two years earlier after being inspired by the facial transformations of stars of the hit ITV reality show, Love Island.

The worrying research revealed that more than half of us (53%) want to change the way we look, and almost two thirds of Britons (62%) would have cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance if cost was not a consideration.

The latest figures from BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) show there are 28,315 surgical procedures carried out each year on men and women in the UK.

The most popular procedure for women remains breast augmentation - up 7% on the previous year at 8,238. Female nose jobs increased by 1% to 2,197.

A Channel 4 spokesperson told GLAMOUR: “Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly mainstream. Rather than wag a disapproving finger, this new series looks at who wants it, and why – and allows those who make a strong enough case to their peers, to undergo the procedure of their choice. The show will neither glamorise nor condemn their choices: the aim is instead to interrogate the realities. All contributors featured in the series have actively been seeking surgery of their own accord. All contributors will be independently assessed by the clinic who will carry out their procedure.”

If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is essential that you think carefully about what you want and why you want it. Here is really handy guide that will help inform your decision.