DEFENCE chiefs spent nearly £5,000 on Botox for nine members of the armed forces, it was revealed yesterday.
Troops were given the anti-wrinkle treatment at taxpayers’ expense, according to a £120,000 bill for private healthcare last year.
Thousands of pounds more were spend on tummy tucks and liposuction, nose jobs, tattoo removals and man-boob reductions.
All the ops were paid for by the MoD, which is funded by taxpayers, but officials insisted the cosmetic procedures were vital to allow troops to carry out their jobs effectively.
Details obtained under freedom of information laws reveal that nine serving members of the armed forces received Botox at a cost of £4,883.
Some received liposuction to remove fat from their legs, buttocks and stomachs while at least 166 troops have also been prescribed diet pills since 2015.
Other members of the armed forces had nose jobs paid for by the MoD as well as treatment for varicose veins and tummy tucks.
The total cost for private health care treatment for troops in the last 12 months was almost £120,000.
But since 2015 almost £10 million has been spent on treating troops in private clinics or in private wards in NHS hospitals.
Since January last year the MoD spent £16,430 on breast reduction surgery for male troops.A further £15,730 was spent on the same operation for women.
The amount spent on breast reduction surgery for the previous four years was around £40,000 for both male and female troops. The amount spent on nose jobs also increased from £4,000 to £8,990.
At least £19,285 has been spent on tummy tucks for both male and female personnel.
Armed Forces personnel have received liposuction, nose jobs, tattoo removals and man-boob reductions[/caption]
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According to the NHS, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is cosmetic surgery to improve the shape of the tummy area. The website adds that an abdominoplasty is regarded cosmetic surgery, so not normally available on the NHS.
An MoD spokesman said: “We do not pay for procedures that are purely for cosmetic reasons. Any procedure undertaken is necessary to ensure that personnel can continue to do their job.
“Each case is assessed by medical experts.”
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