The Regulation of Cosmetic Procedures: Legal, Ethical and Practical Challenges

Melanie Latham, Jean McHale

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This book examines the legal, ethical and regulatory debates surrounding the rise of the cosmetic procedures industry.

In the past, cosmetic procedures were often seen as limited to a small number of wealthy older women. Today, such procedures have gone mainstream, partly facilitated by the rise of ‘non-invasive’ techniques, such as the use of Botox and Dermal Fillers. While still a business dominated by the female consumer, there is also an increasing number of males undertaking cosmetic procedures as social expectations around appearance and ageing are challenged. At the same time, the rapid expansion of this business and the incoherent, diverse approach to its regulation have given rise to concern. It has been seen as a ‘Wild West’. If cosmetic procedures go wrong, such procedures give rise to real risks of harm.

This book examines the historical backdrop, current practice and risks associated with cosmetic procedures. It discusses the ethical and regulatory challenges for this area. It also examines the current legal frameworks concerning people, practitioners and products in the UK. The book also draws lessons from regulatory approaches in other jurisdictions with particular reference to the United States, Brazil and France. It then sets out a legal and regulatory framework that might better protect and empower the cosmetic consumer, now and in the future. The book is likely to be of particular interest to those working in the areas of health and medical law, socio-legal studies and political science.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages258
ISBN (Electronic)9780429952661
ISBN (Print)9781138593046
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2020


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