Cosmetic Surgery: Self-Esteem, Aesthetics and Ethics
May 23, 2012 by zbeck
From an exciting series of talks on diverse subjects related to the theme of Better Lives, subjects include ‘ageing and self esteem’, ‘is the fashion industry contributing to the low self-esteem of the nation as well as to mental health problems’ and ‘self-esteem and the modern trend towards surgical/cosmetic procedures’. These talks are organised in collaboration with Dr Paul Matts of Procter & Gamble, Visiting Professor at London College of Fashion.
Lecture 4: Cosmetic Surgery: Self-Esteem, Aesthetics and Ethics with Ian Mackay and Margaret Ramage
Tuesday 29th May
Location: London College of Fashion, RHS East Space, 20 John Princes St, London, W1G 0BJ. (Please contact us in advance if you have access requirements)
We live in a Society where, for some, image seems to be everything. In order to get the right job, the right friends or indeed the right partner, we perceive that we must not only dress the part but also be physically perfect. This presentation will explore the ethics of cosmetic surgery, the procedures available, finding a doctor, the consultation, follow-up and dealing with the disappointments when patients either didn’t understand the limitations of surgery or things have gone seriously wrong. The Medical Defence Union has stated that “There are some common reasons for patients bringing claims… patients’ dissatisfaction with the aesthetic result of the procedure, are problems which could be avoided with improved communication between the doctor and patient prior to the operation.” Improved pre-operative communication may include an assessment by a psychiatrist or trained psychologist to assess the emotional feelings and drives which lead people to request cosmetic surgery. Case examples will be given to demonstrate some of these emotional factors and the ethical issues which may arise in the context of aesthetic surgery.
Ian Mackay MB BS FRCS
Harley Street Nose Clinic, Hon. Consultant ENT Surgeon Charing Cross Hospital and King Edward VII Hospital, Visiting Professor Mayo Clinic USA
Margaret Ramage RGN RSCN
Sexual & Relationship Psychotherapist
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