03 December 2013

One of the first promises made by Germany's new coalition government is that it will ban all Cosmetic Surgery on under-16s except for specific medical reasons. The conservative-social democrat alliance led by Chancellor Angela Merkel look set to make the new law one of their first acts when they begin their new legislative programme in at the start of next year. But the most forthright voice for a ban has come from the Christian Democratic Union, whose Health spokesman, Jens Spahn, said the law should be "about protecting young people from the consequences of a wrong-headed beauty craze."{C} His party has become involved in a dispute with one of the country's main umbrella bodies for Cosmetic Surgeons after it released figures for the number of under 20-year-olds who underwent some form of elective surgical procedure which were contested by the medical group.