The effects of “appearance medicine” programs need closer scrutiny
Recent data released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons show that more people are having cosmetic and weight reduction surgery than ever before: the number of surgical procedures performed by members of the Association in 2007 was 12% greater than in the previous year.1 The increased demand for cosmetic surgery was not limited to women — 18% more procedures were performed on men compared with the previous year. The greatest increases were in anti-ageing procedures, such as facelifts and eyelid surgery, which both increased by over 36%. Data recently reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that almost 12 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in the United States during 2007, representing a 59% increase from the number performed in 2000.2 Current Australian figures are difficult to establish but seem to be rising.3
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