Observations Medicine and the media

Cosmetic surgery gets under Dutch skin

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39335.547442.59 (Published 13 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:541
  1. Tony Sheldon, freelance journalist, Utrecht, Netherlands
  1. Tonysheldon5{at}cs.com

    A documentary has seen thousands rally against cosmetic surgery for young people

    Television programmes in the United States and Italy have been criticised in the past for trivialising cosmetic surgery and misrepresenting the realities of taking such a step (BMJ 2003;327:295 doi: 10.1136/bmj.327.7409.295 and BMJ 2004;328:520 doi: 10.1136/bmj.328.7438.520)

    Now a frank Dutch documentary, in which the film-maker is shown consulting a surgeon on whether to have vaginal surgery, has ignited a campaign in the Netherlands to ban non-essential cosmetic surgery for under-18s.

    In Beperkt Houdbaar (Over the Hill), broadcast in the Netherlands this …

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