The Good BodyBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7459.237 (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:237
- Chloe Veltman (firstname.lastname@example.org), freelance writer
- San Francisco, United States
In a darkened auditorium against a backdrop of loud gurgling and sucking sounds, a 35 year old woman lies on her back, talking about her latest cosmetic surgery procedure. It is the most recent in a long history of operations, which have included everything from liposuction to soy breast implants. Without a hint of irony, the woman says that she is in a sexual relationship with her plastic surgeon, a man who seems to regard himself as something of a Dr Frankenstein and his partner as his most fabulous creation.
In recent years, cosmetic surgery has eked out a whole new …