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Tuesday, 27 August, 2002, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
Cosmetic surgery
Former children's reporter Maggie Philbin considers the pros and cons of the latest anti-wrinkle craze - Botox.

Botox is by far the number one non-surgical treatment in Britain today. It is due to be officially registered for cosmetic use in this country in the next twelve months.

4x4 is invited to a botox party where clients are treated to wine and cheese while queueing up for injections.

Maggie gets advice from top Harley Street doctor Patrick Bowler before deciding whether to add botox to highlights and mascara as part of her beauty routine.

Male wish list

Britain's second largest cosmetic surgery provider, Harley Medical Group, says 40% of its patients are male.

We also know that 82% of male patients are under 30, compared to 70% of women.

A Bupa survey found the five most popular operations for men were nose jobs, face lifts, eyelid surgery, liposuction and ear pinning.

Alice Beer looks at the growing number of men who are prepared to go under the knife.

Surgical holidays

Tom Mangold follows one woman to Poland where low prices mean more and more British women are opting to have cosmetic surgery on the cheap.

Regulation

John Stapleton fronts an investigation into Broughton Park Private Hospital in Lancashire.

4x4 asks why potential patients are not warned about surgeons and clinics even when they are being investigated by their regulatory bodies.


Useful links

British Association of Plastic Surgeons:

British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons:

International Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery:

Cosmetic Doctors Association:

(The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.)

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Dr Patrick Bowler
"I see one or two patients a week who've had botox injections elsewhere who've developed problems and that is a concern."
Alice Beer
"The male grooming industry is now worth 585 million a year."
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