The south Indian state of Tamil Nadu is offering publicly-funded breast implants to its people, including those who want it exclusively for cosmetic reasons, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday (Feb 23). Many girls who have larger breasts don't like to go out.
The Tamil Nadu health department on Wednesday launched a free clinic to conduct breast reconstruction surgery for those who want to alter their breast size, a decision that has been slammed on social media, as the department would only organize such clinics for breast cancer survivors.
Speaking on the merits of offering free cosmetic surgery to the poor, Health Minister C Vijaya Bhaskar says the move is ostensibly aimed at preventing people from turning to the black market, risking their lives and livelihoods in the process.
Chief surgeon at the clinic, Dr V Ramavedi said her patients come to her for many different reasons.
Baskar told TOI, "Why should beauty treatment not be available to the poor?".
While speaking to UK's The Guardian, state health minister C Vijaya Bhaskar said, "If we don't offer (the procedure for free), they may opt for risky methods or take huge loans for it", said C Vijaya Baskar, the state health minister. If they are fit I recommend". "State funds are required for emerging non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases", said former public health director Dr S Elango.
Cosmetic surgery has slowly grown in popularity as Indians have became wealthier, with about 420,000 procedures performed in 2016, compared to about 390,000 six years earlier. "It is sad that we are now focusing on beauty instead of life-saving surgeries".
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were about 33,000 breast augmentation surgeries carried out in India in 2016, the most recent year it published statistics, versus about 50,600 procedures in 2010. Pertaining to this, a cosmetic surgery clinic is set up in a government hospital in Chennai.