Radio Times

A nip, a tuck & our quest to look perfect

June 29, 2011


Hour 2

Saggy eyelids and too many wrinkles got you down?  To fix it, all you need is a little courage, some faith and enough money.  Cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures to improve appearance have, for more and more folks, become the new normal.  How did we get here?  Is it a new definition of beautiful, a celebrity-obsessed culture, our fear of aging and the stigma that comes with it, or just our quest for perfection?  In this hour of Radio Times, we explore the cultural and psychological issues surrounding cosmetic procedures with Middlebury College sociology professor LAURIE ESSIG, author of American Plastic:  Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and The Quest for Perfection, and psychologist DAVID SARWER, Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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