Gamble for Your Chance at Thousands in Plastic Surgery
The Trump Taj Majal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. has announced a prize of $25,000 in plastic surgery for simply using the casino's rewards card. Customers use the card to enter the sweepstakes, which runs throughout the month of October. The prize will be awarded on Oct. 29, and to win, the person must be present at the casino and have his or her card inserted in a machine at the time of announcement.
Judging by these prices, $25,000 in plastic surgery is A LOT in plastic surgery. According to the infoplasticsurgery.com, which the casinos cite in their promotion, an arm lift can cost $5,000 to $6,500; Botox treatments range from $200 to $400 per area; breast augmentation surgery costs from $5,000 to $8,000; chin or cheek implants cost $3,000 to $4,500; and liposuction can range from $2,500 to $10,000. A face-lift costs $7,000 to $9,000; nose surgery $5,000 to $6,000; and eyelid tucks $4,000 to $5,500 (upper and lower included).
So, to make the $25,000, you would need a combination of procedures, at least three of them in order to get the full amount. One possible combination is to do the eyelids, nose, facelift, breast augmentation, and some botox to top it off. That's a lot of surgery, and a lot of recovery time to go through. It seems like a great prize, but I don't like the idea of a prize that could possibly put me in a lot of pain and hassle. Recovery can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks.
A few medical professionals are worried about combining two things that people get addicted to, and what kind of precedent this could set. Dr. Eda Gorbis, founder of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders in Los Angeles, said in the Modesto Bee that she has already seen cases of people struggling with excessive plastic surgery and excessive gambling, and has grown concerned about the connections.
"Definitely one thing reinforces the other one," she said. "Both are addictions, and they're bad addictions."
Fortunately, the winner has option of taking $25,000 in cash if the person doesn't want any plastic surgery.