As the Eurozone is teetering on economic disaster due to the debts accumulated during the bursting of the housing bubble. Each country is finding looking into ways to create new revenue and cut costs. Recent elections in France brought in a Socialist government, and they are closely looking at adding 19% tax on cosmetic surgery that includes procedures such as a facelift, necklift, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and other cosmetic procedures.
Does this mean that the French might undergo fewer cosmetic procedures and fall off the beauty curve? Or will they travel elsewhere to age gracefully or enhance their natural beauty? Will their citizens not be able to afford procedures that could have a long lasting positive influence on their lives? Will this actually create new revenue for the French government or will it destroy the practices of doctors that have spent their entire lives helping people or create surgeries that are needed unattainable? As a Charlotte facial cosmetic surgeon, I can only imagine what my colleagues and patient’s in France must be feeling.
In our home in the United States, we will face similar decisions as a country with our looming debt crisis. I will do my part to help pay back the debt, and I believe starting and owning a small facial cosmetic practice/business in Charlotte some small way is helping the economy. I hope we never get to the point where we will have to add a special tax on a rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, etc.
This article was not composed in anyway to trivialize the real issues and problems facing the Eurozone. I fully empathize with tough choices their governments and ultimately their citizens will have to undergo as I believe we will be facing similar decisions.