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Germany Bans Children From Getting Cosmetic Surgery

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Cosmetic surgery has been banned for children and adolescents in Germany. The ban on cosmetic surgery was announced on Wednesday that will stop the tens of thousands of German youth going under the knife in the name of beauty.

"Wishing for a breast job after finishing high school is no longer the exception," wrote the bill's 30 parliamentary co-sponsors.

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Children as young as 10 have become caught up in the cosmetic surgery craze. The Federation of Pediatricians are also very concerned about the number of young children who are having body piercings and permanent tattoos. Some of the members of NDR are also calling for a ban of those procedures.

The German Society for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery is understandably upset by the ban. They say that the numbers have been exaggerated and have "nothing to do with reality." They also contend that often the operations are medically necessary.

"If you (lawmakers) knew how thankful 14 to 16 year-old patients are after these procedures, that would put your worries in context," Joachim Graf von Finkenstein, head of DCAEPC, said.

Plastic surgery for the very young who have not finished growing seems to be a little drastic. Boob jobs can wait until a child is an adult and can be sure that they honestly wish to deal with all the risks that are involved.