Asian cosmetic surgery: Could we use aesthetic standards to define pathology?

  • Yves Aquino (Speaker)

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In this paper, I will argue that Asian cosmetic surgery follows the constructivist position by generating aesthetic-oriented pathologies or diseases in two ways: the treatment model and the enhancement model. In the treatment model, Asian features are directly pathologized in reference to a non-Asian (typically Western) standard of beauty. In the enhancement model, the pathologization is more indirect, since the emphasis is on the benefits of improving appearance rather than on the problematizing features as diseased. However, once the enhanced features have been normalised, it is expected to create an aesthetic ideal that would be a new reference for determining aesthetic deviations.
Period16 Oct 2016
Event titleWorkshop on Defining the Boundaries of Disease
Event typeConference
LocationSydney, AustraliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal