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  • Korea’s obsession with cosmetic surgery
    altering the body disrespects one s parents sites such as Yeowooya which is the country s most popular such website at 550 000 followers continue to flourish I am now able to attract a boyfriend after undergoing a facial liposuction surgery said an unnamed woman recently penned Plastic Surgery Queen of the Week on Yeowooya Can you see my face is now narrower than before Her post attracted 500 comments from others seeking to follow in her footsteps to her surgeon One wrote Please send me clinic information I too want to have fat sucked out of my face The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ISAPS says that 770 913 plastic surgery operations took place in Korea making the country 7th in the world in terms of the total number of operations performed Many high school girls have operations after taking their college entrance exams and cosmetic surgery clinics advertise aggressively with enticing deals such as mother and daughter surgery packages A growing income level and an accepting social atmosphere for cosmetic surgery allows more people to go under the knife said psychiatrist Shin Young chul of Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul But this recent craze is definitely excessive

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/koreas_obsession_with_cosmetic_surgery/9946 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Is cosmetic surgery “ethically corrupt”?
    experiment After 50 years it is time to question its validity Viewing cosmetic surgery as an experiment means we should also submit it to ethical consideration The Nuremberg Code governing experimentation on human subjects states that the individual should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved that the experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society unprocurable by other methods and Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury disability or death The great breast augmentation experiment does not meet these standards Cosmetic breast implantation is a flawed and ethically corrupt psychological experiment carried out for commercial profit on vulnerable women And it should now be halted Brooks cites a Norwegian study in the March issue of Psychological Medicine which has dismal news for cosmetic surgeons Researchers followed about 1 600 adolescent women over 15 years Those with mental health problems were more likely to have cosmetic surgery but the procedures did little to help them On the contrary they suffered more from anxiety depression eating disorders and alcohol abuse MORE ON THESE TOPICS cosmetic surgery

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/is_cosmetic_surgery_ethically_corrupt/9935 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Leading UK surgeons call for ban on cosmetic surgery advertising
    about standards in private cosmetic chains which advertise aggressively in tabloids and women s magazines They have called for a ban as part of a six point plan with proposals for tighter regulation of the industry including registration and audit of surgeons Over the last decade the BAAPS has worked tirelessly to educate the public on the many aggressive marketing gimmicks that not only trivialise surgery but endanger the patient said the organisation s president Fazal Fatah We have warned against the unrealistic expectations set by reality makeover shows and against crass competition prizes promising mummy makeovers and body overhauls In no other area of surgery would one encounter Christmas vouchers and 2 for 1 offers the pendulum has swung too far and it is time for change According to the BAAPS nose straightening and breast enlargement are medical procedures and advertising should be banned as for prescription medicines BAAPS says there should be a register for all types of implants not simply those used to enlarge breasts but also those inserted into the buttocks calves pectoral muscles and other areas Widespread calls for a breast implant register followed the scandal of the PIP implants which were made with industrial

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/leading_uk_surgeons_call_for_ban_on_cosmetic_surgery_advertising/9907 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Cosmetic surgery industry under fire after implant scandal
    fobbed off I feel so angry that these companies can make all this money from doing this surgery and then when there is a problem they can t afford to help us Regulators in Venezuela the Czech Republic and France have recommended removal but other countries including the UK say that this is unnecessary However a British Parliamentary committee is to investigate the scandal and to ask whether lax regulation has led to a cowboy market amongst British clinics Dr Daniel Poulter a member of the committee told the Guardian We have an industry which has grown at a great pace over the last 10 years or so and the breast implants scandal has helped to shine a light on wider issues about the way the cosmetic surgery industry works The current system leaves too much potential for cowboy surgery and for women to be exploited Some of the issue to be considered are whether private clinics should be required to provide counselling for those seeking cosmetic changes so that doctors do not take advantage of the vulnerability of women with deep seated psychological problems A culture which celebrates body image creates huge pressure on some women to conform to beauty stereotypes he warned Programmes like reality TV show The Only Way is Essex and celebrity culture and glossy magazines have glamorised cosmetic procedures and the body beautiful but in the same way that they have had an impact on anorexia they are also linked with psychological problems and obsessions about appearance and body dysmorphia According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons the number of operations has more than doubled in six years to more than 38 000 operations Dr Poulter said One of the major concerns that has emerged is about record keeping in the private sector

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/cosmetic_surgery_industry_under_fire_after_implant_scandal/9898 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: The bioethics of Botox
    anguish and this outward expression actually helps to amplify your inner emotional feeling Paralyse the facial expression and the inner emotion becomes somewhat dulled and harder for you to recognise In support one study from the University of Wisconsin found that Botox patients were significantly slower at understanding the emotional meaning of written passages than their non Botoxed counterparts And Dr Neal has found that Botoxed people find it harder to read the emotions of other people too He says that we read other people s faces partially by mimicking them With paralysed facial muscles this becomes harder He compared the emotional reactions of patients who used a dermal filler to erase wrinkles with patients who had been treated with Botox Sure enough he writes the Botox patients performed significantly worse around 7 than the Restylane patients Without the ability to mimic emotional mindreading becomes impaired Will this impair the appeal of Botox Not likely says Dr Neal Being a little less empathetic may be a small price to pay for getting a leg up in the beauty stakes The Conversation June 28 MORE ON THESE TOPICS Botox cosmetic surgery Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the_bioethics_of_botox/9614 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Score one for the Patriarchy!
    case the doctors seems more interested in their wallets than in women s health It is a highly commercialised field As one doctor put it Retail plus medicine equals retailicine one conference presenter left his computer s wallpaper rotating images of him with his red Porsche 911 up in the background during his PowerPoint lecture The message was tough to miss practice cosmetic gyn and you too can live the life of a plastic surgeon Over at the Journal of Medical Ethics blog Iain Brassington was outraged at the tacky patriarchal exploitative commercialism of the conference If you want medically unnecessary surgery then that s fine the onus is on you to persuade the surgeon But this reverses the situation it s the surgeon and since this is the States a surgeon with a financial interest to which I ll return trying to persuade a patient This is nuts Brutally nuts It d be dodgy enough in respect of therapeutic treatment but here Surely any reasonably switched on medic with a shred of respect for the profession would find that just a bit well repugn MORE ON THESE TOPICS cosmetic surgery Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/score_one_for_the_patriarchy/9543 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Australia may regulate cosmetic surgery for teens
    surgery and treatments such as Botox liposuction and laser therapy Demand for such procedures is fuelled by lifestyle choices to enhance physical appearance and boost confidence rather than medical need the report states At the moment any registered doctor can advertise as a cosmetic surgeon The report recommends that only doctors formally trained in plastic surgery be allowed to describe themselves as cosmetic surgeons Sydney Morning Herald Aug 15 MORE

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/australia_may_regulate_cosmetic_surgery_for_teens/9157 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Cosmetic surgery junkies and their doctors
    If you are a cosmetic surgeon you will probably do it anyway according to a study by researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and Children s Hospital of Philadelphia They found that many people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder BDD come back repeatedly for cosmetic procedures But only 2 of them actually reduced the severity of BDD Despite this poor long term outcome physicians continue to comply with the wishes of people suffering from BDD The most common surgical procedures are rhinoplasty and breast augmentation BDD sufferers are obsessed with imaginary or slight defects in their appearance Instead of seeking psychiatric help they demand cosmetic surgery And the surgeons willingly provide it In a survey of 265 cosmetic surgeons only 30 believed that BDD was always a contraindication to surgery says Dr Katharine A Phillips a co author of the paper Annals of Plastic Surgery Aug 11 MORE ON THESE TOPICS BDD commercialization cosmetic surgery Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study Should we get rid of race in

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/cosmetic_surgery_junkies_and_their_doctors/9148 (2016-02-18)
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