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Plastic surgery and credit cards a good mix?
My heart goes out to the family and friends of the 18-year-old South Florida girl who died this week, apparently from complications of anesthesia during breast augmentation surgery. As the news article about her death points out, breast and other cosmetic procedures are growing in popularity. Baby boomer parents often give their teen daughters cosmetic procedures as high school or college graduation gifts.
Another news report caught my eye: the release from jail of an Argentine plastic surgeon who reportedly botched cosmetic procedures on Priscilla Presley and other Hollywood celebs.
Plastic for plastic (surgery)
But consumer advocates warn against rushing to put health care costs on credit cards -- even if terms such as 0 percent financing for fixed time periods are more consumer friendly than traditional credit card terms. The reason: Making financial decisions at times when we're emotionally unstable -- such as when facing a serious medical crisis or when driven by low self-esteem about our body image -- is generally not a good idea.
Taking time to consider the options
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