Australian doctors look to ban cosmetic surgery for under-18s

Teen checking appearanceDoctors in Australia are pushing for a ban on all non-essential cosmetic surgery for under-18s. The Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia is proposing stricter, government-controlled guidelines be put in place, so that no health practitioner can perform procedures on teenagers – the ban would cover everything from liposuction to breast augmentation.“Children should not receive cosmetic or surgical procedures of any kind unless there are compelling medical or psychological reasons to do so,” society president Gabrielle Caswell said. Cosmetic nurse and owner of The Medispa at Neutral Bay, Matty Samaei was reported last week as saying it was “extremely common” for high school girls to have their lips plumped up as a reward for graduating. She added: “There is a lot of competition these days… They watch the Kardashians and come to me with pictures they see on Instagram of models – they want to look like that.” A national ban would bring all states in line with Queensland where physicians who operate on children without good reason can face two years' imprisonment. In New South Wales, regulations require minors who are considering going under the knife to have a three-month cooling off period, followed by a further consultation. They are also encouraged to discuss it with their GP and, if necessary, a clinical psychologist.