Germany pushes plastic surgery ban for minors

Germany pushes plastic surgery ban for minors
Germany pushes plastic surgery ban for minors

The German government is moving forward on legislation that will outlaw elective plastic surgery for minors, reported The Local, an English-language German news outlet. The potential ban, which excludes cosmetic procedures done for medical reasons, has bipartisan support from the nation's current leading parties, the Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

"Unnecessarily subjecting a young body which is still growing, to such a significant procedure can have dire consequences, both physically and mentally," Jens Spahn, a health spokesman for the Christian Democratic Union, told Der Spiegel magazine, as quoted by the news source. "Plastic surgery that is not necessary on medical grounds should be banned."

According to the news source, the German government is hoping to curb the rate of plastic surgery among young people, which the CDU claimed in a recent report was around 10 percent. However, the magazine stated that this figure has been disputed by German plastic surgeons. 

Banning plastic surgery for minors is not a new debate in Germany. According to Time magazine, the issue was raised in 2012 by the CDU and the Christian Social Union, however, it failed to gain support then from the junior party Free Democratic Party.

Data compiled by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery indicated a total of 187,193 surgical cosmetic procedures in 2011.