Editor's Choice

Promoting cosmetic surgery

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7535 (Published 08 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7535

Re: Promoting cosmetic surgery

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: No competing interests

13 November 2012
Peter A Dilworth
General Practitioner
Lowe House Primary Care Centre
90 Higher Lane Rainford St Helens WA11 8AL