Articles on Cosmetic surgery

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Beauty is still understood as a process of ongoing work and maintenance. Shutterstock.com

Friday essay: toxic beauty, then and now

The history of dangerous cosmetics shows us the harms that women have suffered to meet expectations of what is beautiful.
American advertisement for non-surgical nose correction.

Friday essay: the ugly history of cosmetic surgery

Surgical makeovers might seem a modern phenomenon but they have a long and disturbing history: from 16th century skin grafts done without anaesthesia to reductions of "primitive" large breasts.
Fighting the laws of physics. Dklimke

Cosmetic surgery boom not a sign of economic health

The number of cosmetic surgery operations in the UK hit 50,000 a year for the first time in 2013. This is worrying given that the Keogh review into the industry following the PIP scandal, which saw thousands…
Germaine Greer is right: female genital mutilation and female genital cosmetic surgery are both “cultural” issues. bombhead

Female genital cosmetic surgery: a labial obsession

On last night’s Q&A, feminist campaigner Germaine Greer suggested a comparison between practices of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa and female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) in Western nations…

Cosmetic surgery reflects class divide

Cosmetic surgery marketing strategies “seem to betray class preferences”, a new study from the University of Leeds has found…
Cosmetic surgery is ubiquitous and increasingly acceptable but it still makes many people wary. AAP

Nip and tuck: cosmetic surgery guidelines miss the point

The Medical Board of Australia has just released draft supplementary guidelines for cosmetic, medical and surgical procedures. Overall, they’re condescending towards recipients of cosmetic surgery and…

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