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Reasons for undergoing cosmetic surgery: a retrospective study.

Thorpe, S J, Ahmed, B and Steer, K (2004) Reasons for undergoing cosmetic surgery: a retrospective study. Sexualities, Evolution & Gender, 6 (2 & 3). pp. 75-96. ISSN 1479-2508

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Reasons for undergoing elective plastic surgery were retrospectively explored with seven female postoperative participants aged 34-55, who were interviewed using semistructured interview format. Interviews were analysed using an adapted version of interpretative phenomenological analysis (e.g. Smith, 1996; Smith, Jarman and Osborn, 1999; Jarman, Smith and Walsh, 1997). The results of the analysis showed that the participants all experienced positive physical and psychological outcomes of surgery: several master themes were identified relating to their initial reasons for embarking upon surgery including ‘age appropriateness’, ‘body integrity’, and ‘wanting to look normal’. These themes are explored in relation to ideas prevalent in feminist and evolutionary psychology.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Authors :
Thorpe, S
Date : August 2004
Identification Number : 10.1080/14616660412331303857
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 16 Sep 2010 10:18
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 18:36

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