Sharon Osbourne’s new look causes Twitterstorm

She’s never been shy about revealing what she’s done to herself, so it wasn’t that much of a surprise when Sharon Osbourne appeared on the first episode of the latest series of X Factor showing off another new look. All well and good, but as this article points out, Mrs Ozzy is not the only cast member to take advantage of the benefits a good cosmetic practitioner can provide. Louis Walsh, who claimed to have never indulged in aesthetic surgery, appears to have had an eyelift to go with his newly-straightened teeth and hair transplant, while Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell are reported to be no strangers to the wonders of Botox. But she’s certainly the only one who’s having her appearance pulled apart and argued over on social media. As the mature woman of the team, is that surprising – or fair? The team here at Dr Joney De...

Government to ‘name and shame’ substandard cosmetic clinics

It looks like the dodgy cosmetic practices in the UK could be drinking in the Last Chance Saloon, if new British laws come into effect. The Department of Health have proposed an expansion to the ratings system that the NHS uses for hospitals, with the aim of giving the general public a rough guide to the quality of cosmetic surgeons in their area. This proposal has already been cautiously welcomed by industry authorities – although some would like them to clamp down even harder. “We welcome – and indeed, have been calling for during the last decade – as much government scrutiny as is possible of the cosmetic sector,” said Douglas McGeorge, the former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. “This is an arena where regulation has historically been lax and many practitioners can engage in procedures they are not trained or even qualified to perform.” Grading...

The rise of the holiday body

This recent news story certainly piqued our interest: British cosmetic surgery clinics have seen a spike in business over the past few months due to people wanting to look as good as possible on holiday. According to the Mirror website, UK clinics have seen a 20% rise in bookings for nip-and-tuck procedures – many from people who are foregoing this year’s foreign holiday, spending their devalued currency at home on cosmetic treatment, and showing it off at the seaside instead. Is this a healthy attitude? Whilst making an investment on looking good in time for a one or two-week period seems like a snap decision that hasn’t been fully thought through, it actually makes sense: if people annually go to various levels of extremes to get a ‘bikini body’ in time for their holiday, the idea of getting a little help from a trained cosmetic surgeon is actually safer in...