Nip and Tuck Trade

Maurizio Viel cheerfully admits that he has had a nose job and gets regular botox injections to erase the wrinkles from his tanned face. But then Viel, 41, and his twin brother Roberto are plastic surgeons who operate the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery. And while Maurizio is a walking advertisement for the benefits of modern cosmetic surgery, their clinic needs no promoting. Business, they say, has doubled since 1995.

Britain's cosmetic surgery industry seems to have been injected with a strong growth hormone. Even non-specialist doctors are routinely filling in unsightly wrinkles, puffing up thin lips and...

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