THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price has expressed concern over increasing demand for cosmetic surgery since the popular show Love Island hit the small screen.
The Mental Health Minister, spelling to The Sun said that there has been a six-fold increase in Brits seeking lip fillers and boob jobs overseas since the show launched.
“Love Island sits atop lots of things which all put across a generally unrealistic picture of body image,” she said. “If people want to change aspects of their appearance that’s fine, but they need to understand that all these procedures come with risk.
“We also see it in The Only Way Is Essex and Absolutely Ascot – everyone is having lip fillers and boob jobs and hair extensions.
“But the truth is we all come in different sizes. If people want to change aspects of their appearance that is fine, but they need to understand that all these procedures come with risk.”
She added: “When it comes to fundamental operations such as boob ops, we are seeing more and more people going abroad because it’s cheap.
“I would say – please don’t do it because we are saying more and more people coming back to this country and the NHS having to put problems right.”
Ms Doyle-Price said people are travelling to places like Turkey, India and eastern Europe to have cosmetic surgery procedures that are banned in the UK.
She warned: “These people are having the Brazilian butt lift, which gives you a bottom like Kim Kardashian’s – even though that is a procedure banned in this country.”
The mental heath minister said a recent episode of Absolute Ascot had shown someone having lip fillers done.
And she pointed to the example of Dawn Knight who couldn’t close her eyes after a botched procedure. The mother of two had to have corrective surgery that cost the NHS thousands of pounds.
Ms Doyle-Price said: “These co-called reality TV series are still promoting lifestyles which are semi-fantasy.
“It’s great to have a bit of escapism but no one should feel they have to aspire to be like these people. It’s still entertainment, it’s not real – and it can lead to real harm and cost to the NHS.”
The show’s aftercare has come under fire since the suicides of Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon this year, which raised fears about the effects of instant stardom and the pressures of reality TV.
This year’s care package offers eight counselling sessions and 14 months of contact, plus training in how to manage fame, money and a huge social media presence.