Crowdfunding websites have helped raise money for countless of causes – but are you ready to help pay for someone’s breast implants?
The Doctors speak with Holly, a woman who used MyFreeImplants.com to help raise funds for her recent plastic surgery procedure. She explains that she found the site when she was researching breast augmentation discounts and came across the site. Like most crowdfunding websites, users create a profile, add photos and write a biography explaining their story and why they need help to pay for their implants.
But did Holly feel pressure to show the goods in order to get funded?
“Every lady is different and everyone has various comfort levels. So, there is a little bit of something for everyone on the website. I just talked about my life and my job,” she explains.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork raises an important question about those helping to fund the surgeries, asking Holly, “Do the men that donate expect anything in return?”
“It’s just to help someone feel better about themselves,” Holly claims.
She goes on to say that the users on the breast implant website are not exactly who you might expect them to be.
“There are female donors on the site, it’s not all men. There are couples. Husbands will get on the site to donate to their wives… it’s for everyone,” she continues.
Our guest co-hosts weigh in on the controversial site.
“I’m the mother of two teenage girls… I’m concerned about my teenage daughters and other teenage women, who may go on to a site like this and feel like have to send a naked picture or go beyond what they are comfortable with, just to get money for breast surgery,” attorney and advocate Areva Martin says.
Psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow adds, “I like the GoFundMe for stories for people who are really struggling and I don’t know if this is the best charitable donation online.”
Dr. Dow also cautions about the idea of plastic surgery being so readily available and without cost.
“We know in the general population about 2 percent have body dysmorphic disorder, but in people seeking plastic surgery, that’s closer to 15 percent. If there is a free plastic surgery out there, is this the sign of something more serious going on?” he wonders.
Dr. Stork says what many might be thinking when it comes to a website like this.
“I can’t get it out of the back of my head that the guys that are donating are creepy,” he tells the panel.
Tells us your thoughts – creepy cause or creative crowdfunding?