Is offering cut price cosmetic procedures to students morally wrong?

Skin treatmentsThe University of Central Lancaster has hit the headlines for offering cut-price cosmetic treatments to students, as part of their new Masters programme in non-surgical facial aesthetics.

As MSc students will need to practice their techniques the faculty will offer discounts on Botox, chemical peels, laser treatments, fillers and lip enhancements.

Feminist groups at the university are outraged at the proposals, fearing it’s encouraging an unhealthy view of beauty to a particularly vulnerable age group.

The new MSc/PGDip is for registered healthcare professionals and will be run on a part-time basis, allowing professionals to move in to this area of expertise. The university have opted to offer the qualification as it’s a “key growth area”, according to a spokesperson for the institution. They made no comment about the surrounding furore and discontent from some parties within the university.

Speaking out on the subject, student and UCLan Feminist Society member, Heather Lomax said: “I couldn’t believe it (when I heard it)… ‘UCLan is a university, and should be offering education and supporting the health and needs of students, not offering Botox, which certainly has its risks. The very idea of it, of students feeling the need to beat the (perfectly natural) ageing process, to have perfect skin, makes me feel sick.’

Certainly, it’s a young demographic to be targeting for these procedures given that most students are in their late teens and early twenties. That said there are also plenty of mature students who study that these treatments might not be unsuitable for.

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