“Friend Don’t Let Friends Muffin Top”. That’s what a Michigan plastic surgeon’s office recently proclaimed in a controversial billboard. The provocative advertisement has caused quite a stir in the local community, prompting one anonymous graffiti artist to revised the product placement to state “You’re Beautiful.”
According to local news outlet M-Live and local police reports, the Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery billboard was purportedly vandalized during the night, specifically sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Undeterred by such extreme criticism, the plastic and cosmetic surgery company has made plans to file a police reports and ultimately replace the billboard with a brand new one.
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery has already defended the original ad, stating on a recent Facebook post: “The decision to have plastic surgery is a highly personal one. Our patients run the gamut from young women whose breasts are so asymmetric they have never worn a bathing suit to elderly patients who have lost part of their facial structure to cancer. Our ads were meant to emphasize the lighter side of plastic surgery, and were certainly not targeted at one particular group or body composition.”
M-Live confirms that this is not the first time Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery has gotten into trouble with the community for it’s divisive and arguably discordant ads. An earlier billboard displayed two coffee cups of varying sized. The smaller of the two was labeled “B” and the larger “D”. The ad slogan, says M-Live, was “Size Matters.”
The recent hullabaloo has caused an outpouring of public attention. One Facebook user shared some frank views of the muffin tops billboard: "I find the muffin ad just as tasteless and horrible as the coffee cup ad -- it's not funny. Kids that tease other kids for having 'muffin tops' are called bullies. I don't think we need giant billboards that do the same thing."
Plastic surgery is not for everyone, and nobody should feel they have to receive treatments. However, plastic surgery should also remain available for everybody without a person feeling embarrassed or ashamed about receiving consultation and treatment. If you are interested in your own plastic surgery procedure, please contact our team of specialists today! The choice is up to you.
Dr. Mark Schusterman and Dr. Sanaz Harirchian
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