02 December 2011A group of highly-trained cosmetic surgery professionals gathered in Pakistan to perform a series of special operations. According to a report by Karachi-based website The News, local and international plastic surgeons met in the city to perform free operations, designed to help improve the lives of 50 selected patients.The professional surgeons carried out the procedures between November 22 and December 1 as part of an event organised by the Dow University of Health Sciences, the House of Charity and Children's Fund International. One of the main aims was to help impoverished patients suffering from birth defects such as cleft lip and palate. Dr Rana Qamar Masood, who helped co-ordinate the event, said he hoped the organisations involved could work together in the future. Mixing cosmetic surgery and charity work has become more common in recent times. In October, California-based cosmetic surgeon Dr Jaime Schwartz said he would donate every penny earned from carrying out Botox, Juvederm and skin care treatments on a specific day to a breast cancer charity.