Main content

Cosmetic Surgery

Investigating why women have cosmetic surgery and how the industry is regulated.

In our recent 70th Anniversary poll of women, 32% said that they would consider having cosmetic surgery. Women under 35 are most enthusiastic, with 45% saying it is something they would consider. So why is cosmetic surgery so appealing to the young? What does that tell us about the way women feel about their bodies? And is it something that feminists can consider doing? Melanie speaks to Joan Smith, Angela Neustatter and Dr Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor.

After the PIP breast implant scandal in 2010 the cosmetic surgery industry was dubbed the "wild west" with little protection for women undergoing procedures. A government review in 2013 recommended a raft of changes but three years on we ask what has happened? A GP who sat on the review panel says she believes her time was wasted. Why is it taking so long for improvements to happen? Melanie speaks to surgeon Rajiv Grover, Dr Rosemary Leonard and campaigner Jan Spivey.

France is warning women about a rare form of cancer which has been found in some women with breast implants. But although there have been cases of the lymphoma BIA-ALCL found in the UK there are no formal written warnings about it for women having breast augmentation here. We find out what women need to know about this rare cancer. Melanie speaks to Dr Suzanne Turner and Charlie Fouracres.

Presenter: Melanie Abbott
Producer: Laura Northedge.

Available now

45 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Melanie Abbott
Producer Laura Northedge
Interviewed Guest Joan Smith
Interviewed Guest Angela Neustatter
Interviewed Guest Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor
Interviewed Guest Rajiv Grover
Interviewed Guest Rosemary Leonard
Interviewed Guest Jan Spivey
Interviewed Guest Suzanne Turner
Interviewed Guest Charlie Fouracres

Broadcast

Late Night Woman's Hour

Late Night Woman's Hour

Lauren Laverne, Emma Barnett and guests in frank and funny Late Night Woman's Hour.

The Menopause

The Menopause

A series exploring its impact on women’s work and relationships, and potential treatments

TakeBackConTROLL

TakeBackConTROLL

Four women struggle to reclaim their identity after being abused online.

Woman's Hour video

Woman's Hour video

Visual delights from Woman's Hour.

Follow us on Instagram

Follow us on Instagram

Get all the pictures, videos, behind the scenes and more from Woman’s Hour

Podcast