The Nuffield Council has begun a new project which will explore ethical issues raised by the demand for cosmetic procedures that aim to enhance or normalise appearance. The project will consider questions about the responsibilities of professionals, patient autonomy and consent, and whether more regulation is needed.
The Working Party will be chaired by Jeanette Edwards, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Central to the project will be hearing the views and experiences of a wide range of people – particularly people who have had or are thinking about having a cosmetic procedure.
The Council is also a partner on an AHRC-funded project Beauty Demands, bringing together academics, practitioners and policy-makers to consider the changing requirements of beauty in a series of workshops. The most recent one (held on 3-4 June, 2015) was hosted by the Council and focused on the role of healthcare professionals in responding to the demand for cosmetic procedures.
On the Council’s blog:
- From botox to face lifts – should professionals say yes? by Katharine Wright.
- Body image, beauty myths and cosmetic procedures, by Katharine Wright.
- The demands of beauty, by Catherine Joynson
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