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Women signing up for cosmetic surgery could be compelled to wait for several weeks before having the procedure as part of a mandatory "cooling off period" being considered by the Government.
More than 2,800 women who had PIP breast implants at private clinics have been referred to the NHS in England, according to government figures.
'They always did what they threatened – no messing about'
Women feel depressed because the 'ideal shape' is almost as remote from reality as Barbie's
Wang Bei was on her way to being a pop star, a pretty woman from the central province of Hubei who made the finals of China's answer to The X-Factor. When the 24-year-old died in the operating theatre during a routine plastic surgery procedure earlier this month, there was outrage in a country where 3 million people go under the knife every year in an often-unregulated environment.
Boardroom big-hitters tend to look young – prompting ageing rivals to turn to surgery
<b>Jeremy Laurance</b>: Inquiry finds many surgeons have too little training, experience and back-up
Interactive fashion – that genre rare for its democracy in a world of diktats – comes in many shapes and forms. For those old enough to remember Bodymap, it might once have entailed buying a skirt that could be worn long or short, a sartorial miracle achieved merely by folding over a super-stretchy waistband more or fewer times. Rocket scientists need not apply.
Experts ask government to tighten the regulations / 'Gold-rush' endangers clients, a chief plastic surgeon warns
Girls as young as seven would like to change something about their appearance and half of 16 to 21-year-olds would consider surgery to achieve their perfect body, a study has revealed.
Australians are flocking to the Queensland coast – not for the surf, but cosmetic surgery. Kathy Marks gets under the skin of the country's nip and tuck capital
A beauty pageant where the only contestants are women with breast implants and facelifts suffered an unexpected setback when the favourite collapsed under the weight of her silicone chest.
Experts deflate claims of US specialist who uses thigh fat for cosmetic enhancements
She's obsessed with plastic surgery and has undergone more than 100 operations - Alicia Douvall has an addiction but can a controversial rehab clinic cure her? Guy Adams reports
Boob jobs, tummy tucks and 'designer vaginas' see fastest growth in popularity
Body-image problems and low self-esteem fuel 44 per cent rise in male breast-reduction surgery