Journal article

The cosmetic surgery paradox: Toward a contemporary understanding of cosmetic surgery popularisation and attitudes

Sarah Bonell, Fiona Kate Barlow, Scott Griffiths

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Modern women feel compelled to meet near-impossible standards of beauty. For many, this pursuit ultimately culminates in cosmetic surgery - a radical form of beautification that is rapidly becoming popular worldwide. Paradoxically, while prevalent, artificial beauty remains widely unaccepted in contemporary society. This narrative review synthesizes feminist dialogue, recent research, and real-world case studies to argue that female beauty standards account for both the growing popularity of cosmetic surgery and its lack of mainstream acceptance. First, we implicate unrealistic beauty standards and the medicalization of appearance in popularizing cosmetic surgery. Second, we analyze how nega..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding sources Sarah Bonell is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Fiona Barlow receives funding from the Australian Research Council (grant number: FT150100147) . Scott Griffiths receives funding from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (grant numbers: 1121538, 1179321, 1193738) , the World Anti-Doping Agency, and The University of Melbourne.