Ban Plastic surgery for
The state of queensland australia has announce its decision
to ban cosmetic surgery and tanning beds for under 18 with the
exception of those done to correct deformities or disfiguring
injuries as well as procedures to improve medical,
psychological or social well-being.
Appearance enhancing procedures such as breast implants and
liposuctions etc, will be out of reach to teens under 18.
Premier Anna Bligh was heard to have said in parliament : "
I appreciate that this can be a difficult time, especially in a
young woman's development, but to resort to a surgeon's blade
is an adult response best left until one is an adult ".
The move is well received by the Australian Society for
Plastic Surgeons, Austrailia's professional platic surgery
The move is likely the most sweeping acton taken by a
government as yet, in view of the increasing numbers of teens
undergoing the knife for cosmetic enhancements.
But others worry that similar legislation, if it ever comes to
pass in the United States, would draw a largely arbitrary line
— and could needlessly restrict some teens from procedures that
would help their self-esteem.
"The age 18 is an unrealistic marker," agreed Dr. Garry S.
Brody, professor emeritus of plastic surgery at the University
of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine in Los
"The decision for any such surgery depends upon the maturity
of the patient, their motivation and realistic expectations. Is
the girl with asymmetric breasts any more deserving than the
girls with very small breasts, who won't go to gym or swim
because of her 'deformity'?"
And New York plastic surgeon Dr. Frederick Lukash said that
even absent an outright ban on cosmetic surgery for teens in
the United States, the situation set up by the Queensland law
already somewhat resembles what is happening in this
"Very few under 18-year-olds are making their own decisions
regarding surgery," said New York plastic surgeon Lukash, who
wrote the position paper on teenage plastic surgery for the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons. "They do not have the
financial independence to do so. Parents are involved in the
decision-making process and usually maintain good judgment.
"Responsible surgeons will use good judgment and operate on
appropriate individuals for the proper situations. A law
banning surgery will not alter that."