Re: Promoting cosmetic surgery

13 November 2012

Promoting cosmetic surgery causes those previously happy with their appearance to feel they need to change it.

The offer of plastic surgery creates an expectation of an outcome of perfection which is unlikely to be met.

The result may be a worsening of the appearance, sometimes disastrously.

The physical health of the person is put at unnecessary risk with death being the occasional final outcome.

Cosmetic surgery should be initiated by patient need and not commercial need on the part of the surgeon. To do otherwise seems unethical to me.

Competing interests: None declared

Peter A Dilworth , General Practitioner

Lowe House Primary Care Centre, 90 Higher Lane Rainford St Helens WA11 8AL

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