A new proposal is reigniting an old debate about cosmetic surgery. Now it’s focused on what kind of training cosmetic surgeons should have before wielding their instruments.
State and territory health ministers have decided to restrict the title ‘surgeon’ to specially trained doctors. It’s a significant change for consumers and doctors.
Research has confirmed higher rates of body dysmorphic disorder among people seeking cosmetic procedures, but we don’t know as much about other mental health issues.
The latest plan is comprehensive, sober, realistic and the product of considerable consultation. But it’s missing a few key issues if we are to adequately protect consumers.
Cryolipolysis has become popular with people wanting to get rid of unwanted fat quickly. But one supermodel’s nightmare reminds us of the need for caution.
One in three Australians we surveyed had a new concern about their appearance since the pandemic began. But while minor cosmetic procedures might give some people a boost, for others it’s a bad idea.
Though Renaissance concerns about ‘borrowed flesh’ might seem outlandish and out of date, they are surprisingly relevant to the modern surgical landscape.
Many historic ideas about women’s beauty - from prizing firm breasts to emphasising the ‘natural’ - continue to resonate today.
Some doctors’ websites give the impression that women’s genitals that diverge from the “ideal” need surgery. This is nonsense – genitals are as diverse as our faces.
The number of people going under the knife for a big bum is increasing – but it carries the highest risk of death in any cosmetic surgery.
Who’s really benefiting from a health care system that provides free or low-cost plastic surgeries for the poor?
People who’ve gotten nose jobs are also trying to revert to a more natural look.
Before #MeToo, Brazilian women launched #MyFirstHarrassment and marched for racial equality. Today, this feminist resurgence is tackling health care, plastic surgery, violence and more.
The history of dangerous cosmetics shows us the harms that women have suffered to meet expectations of what is beautiful.
After the tragic death of a young woman undergoing a cosmetic procedure, people are rightly asking who should be able to administer anaesthetics.
The pressures of perfection.
To not screen, and then deliver cosmetic procedures to people who may have body dysmorphic disorder, goes against the medical dictum “first do no harm”.
Breast reduction surgery is popular now, but skin reduction may be the next big thing.
Due to a lack of effective regulations, there is little oversight of “stem cell treatments” and the businesses that provide them.
The Brazilian who transformed the face of plastic surgery.