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    Australian women risk 'secret' cosmetic surgery

    Canberra, Australia — A new study says many women put themselves at risk because they undergo cosmetic surgery without telling family or friends, Australia’s ABC News reports.

    Rhian Parker, a health sociologist at Australian National University here, reviewed a wide range of information about nose jobs, breast implants and facelifts, and interviewed 32 women who had undergone cosmetic surgery and 19 physicians who perform the surgeries.

    She concluded that despite a rapid rise in cosmetic surgery, patients have little information about the procedures. Ms. Parker says many women don’t tell friends and family about cosmetic procedures, and are uninformed themselves.

    ABC News quotes her as saying, “They might have looked at the Web or other sources, but there isn’t any comprehensive information out there which shows exactly what all of the risks of cosmetic procedures are.”

    Ms. Parker urges more accountability and public scrutiny in the field, and says women contemplating cosmetic surgery should interview at least three specialists before having a procedure, ABC News reports.

    Bill Gillette
    Bill Gillette is a freelance writer based in Richmond Heights, Ohio.