Australian States Restrict Teen Plastic Surgery

May 20, 2008 08:45 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
U.S. surgeons are praising a decision in the Australian state of Queensland banning cosmetic surgery and tanning beds for those under 18.

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The Queensland rule makes exceptions for those trying to correct deformities or disfigurations, according to an ABC News report.

In addition, the Australian state of New South Wales has decided that teenage girls have to wait until they are 18 before getting breast implants. It has also instituted a three-month waiting period for all teenagers seeking cosmetic surgery of any kind.

Some U.S. plastic surgeons are applauding the news, especially after Florida teenager Stephanie Kuleba died earlier this year after undergoing breast augmentation surgery.

“If they aren’t old enough to sign their own surgical consent for a medically necessary procedure, then they shouldn’t be able to induce their parents to do it for cosmetic surgery—which is a personal, subjective, value-based decision, not a decision of medical necessity,” Dr. Pete Costantino, a surgeon at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, said in reaction to the news about Queensland.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were about 205,000 cosmetic surgeries on youths 18 or younger in 2007, compared to about 60,000 in 1997.

Jacklyn Perrotta, 18, told Newsday that she got breast implants and liposuction on her thighs earlier this year. “Those things rarely happen,” she said about the death of Kuleba. “I still would have done it.”

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