Melanie on the Cosmetic Surgery Industry

Beauty Demands project team member Melanie Latham, Reader in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University, has written about the cosmetic surgery industry. Read the full piece here.

'Cosmetic surgery is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the medical industry, worth US$2.3 billion in 2010 and forecast to grow to $3.6 billion in 2015. Of this, non-surgical procedures, which include Botox and dermal fillers, account for nine out of ten procedures and 75% of the market value.

But it is clear that the industry is failing when it comes to proper regulation of procedures and the private practitioners who sell services to make a profit – cosmetic surgeons who may have little or no qualifications, no experience, non-sterile instruments and no insurance.'

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