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Should Plastic Surgery Be Banned for Teens?

In Australia, there's a raging debate over plastic surgery right now. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has spoken out about teenagers who choose plastic surgery, saying that deciding to go under the knife is a decision "best left until one is an adult." Additionally, she's concerned that young people may be addressing poor self-esteem by having rhinoplasties and breast augmentations:

"Evidence suggests that this worrying trend is a response by children and young people to the pressures they are feeling to look perfect in an increasingly competitive world obsessed with beauty and celebrity."

This is more than just idle talk, though. Premier Bligh has introduced a discussion paper that considers banning non-essential plastic surgery for people younger than 18. If she can get support, Queensland could be the first Australian state to have such a ban. What do you think? Is this something you'd support, or should the government be completely hands-off?


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katie_c katie_c 8 years
up to the parents and kiddo. i'd have to say for reasons other than merely cosmetic it should be allowed. but i also say let the kid live and learn.
phree2b phree2b 8 years
I'm not a Plastic Surgery Supporter but with Teenagers their bodies and all are still changing so if they Have to then at least wait...
Nataliee2007 Nataliee2007 8 years
It Really Depends On wat There Having Done and wat age Eg Breast Implants at 16 Should Be Banned Bur gettin Rid Of Freckles at 16 is Okay in my opinion...
Lelo1 Lelo1 8 years
Your body is still developing! So don't do anything that you might regret later on.
bbvFAN112 bbvFAN112 8 years
no what if the teen was in a freak accident and really needed it.
peachiepink peachiepink 8 years
as a teenager, i can tell you that plastic surgery is definitely a terribly bad idea for almost all teenagers. after all, we all know how reliable, responsible, sane, healthy, and confident teens are.
foxie foxie 8 years
Wow, I didn't realize this sort of thing was actually debateable. Seems like common sense to me. Teenagers don't exactly have the best decision-making skills...
g0ddontlikeugly g0ddontlikeugly 8 years
now i do believe that the door for teens does need to stay open people yes lots of teens do NEED plastic surgery. but i will say that i got plastic surgery when i was 16 and it was not for a health reason. i dont regret it, i dont think that i did something wrong. i dont think that me doing it now rather than then would make a difference. other than me not liking my nose for the past few years.i was mature enough to know what i was doing, what i wanted, i got it and am still happy with it now and always will be cus i have a damn cute nose and anyone who wants to say that plastic surgery makes a person shallow is being ridiculous because everything these days is all about tucking things in to hide what you dont like, and camoflaging the things on your face with the latest makeup products so dont judge someone whos also trying to fix one of their flaws.
CuteCapri115 CuteCapri115 8 years
You haven't even finishes developing yet....
bubblebutt84 bubblebutt84 8 years
Absolutely. Kids are so cruel but I think they need time and experiences to learn.
kiki219 kiki219 8 years
i take back what i said. i wasnt completely thinking this through when i said that it should be banned, because both my sister and my best friend had rhinoplasty surgery. My sister was 19, and my friend Sara was 10 when she did her surgery the first time. Sara had to have two more done, but in both cases it was due to the fact that they had breathing problems through their noses, and it was reflecting through their heatlh problems. so, i feel that it should be legal for teens, as long as it is not for cosmetic purposes, and only for health reasons.
maddiekayxoxo maddiekayxoxo 8 years
I have mixed feelings about this. I know alot of people my age that have had plastic surgery already and I'm only 18. Like when I graduated alot of girls got boob jobs as graduation presents... from thier parents. I think thats ridiculous. But I had two close friends that got plastic surgery, for good reason. One got a breast REDUCTION in 10th grade because she was having really bad back problems. And my other friend after she graduated got a nose job because she broke it at a young age and her nose was so crooked she couldn't breathe out of one of her nostrols (sp?). I don't think teen plastic surgery should totally be outlawed but maybe have it on a need-it-done basis. Does that make sense?
AmyLizK AmyLizK 8 years
I'm astounded that this isn't *already* a law. NOTE: Permitting teenagers authority over their body is a very delicate issue. While I do think teens should have the capability to get an abortion with or without a parent's consent I think it's completely wrong to allow them to have cosmetic procedures with or without parental consent. I don't know what the difference is precisely, but the "their bodies are still changing" argument is valid and reason enough for me.
michelle-c42934 michelle-c42934 8 years
I think plastic surgery should be reserved for those who need it, like serious accident and burns victims. Children should be allowed to surgery if they have conditions or serious scars and they are just looking for normality. I think 18 is still too young.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
I don't blame the teens cause of the media. but what is another 2 years..not even a big diff. Money talks.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Teens shouldn't get plastic surgery until they are legally adults or unless it is for serious health reasons or serious deformities that would socially stunt them. Ex. 14 year old boy lost his eye in fire cracker accident. Provide surgery to make him feel normal. I strongly believe that under no circumstances other than those above should teenagers or children get plastic surgery. They are still finding themselves at that tender age range and may think that the surgery is a quick fix to make them feel better. There are no quick fixes in life that leave people truly happy. It's sad to hear and see adults buying their daughters breasts for the sweet 16 or buying them a new nose. Parents like these are only supporting the twisted sense that we need to 'fix' all of our 'imperfections'. These imperfections make us who we are.
sarah-lynn sarah-lynn 8 years
I think, unless it is an extenuating circumstance (if discomfort is involved or severe disfigurement) plastic surgery should definitely be banned for teenagers. At that point in their lives they are still growing and forming, and as most doctors will tell you, getting plastic surgery done while this is going on is not such a bright idea, especially since they don't know if the "imperfection" will fix itself. You and I both know that they are only getting it done to one-up their classmates, and that is soooo not a valid reason for it.
ashlee-marissa ashlee-marissa 8 years
I m not sure it all depends on the situation, if a young girl has a deformity or something then yes but if it is just cause she is a spoiled brat then NO!!!
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 8 years
Many teens are insecure about their looks. I think waiting until they are a legal adult at 18 is fine, and waiting gives them the chance to make a better informed decision.
jJuliet jJuliet 8 years
How many of you who voted that there should be a ban on plastic surgery for teens are OK with legal abortion for teens? Based on the polls on this website, it seems like more people are fine with abortion than plastic surgery, yet abortion is certainly a much more serious surgical decision. One major pro-choice argument is that it is not the place of government to tell women and girls what they should do with their bodies. If you believe this, why do you think it is the place of the government to ban other elective surgeries? Plastic surgery, while it can have negative consequences, only affects the girl or woman. In most cases, it increases their self confidence. Abortion, on the other hand, affects the life of the unborn child as well as the girl or woman. I think that plastic surgery for teens is a bad idea in many cases, but I still think it is a personal choice.
Miss-Delicious Miss-Delicious 8 years
I think they should wait until they are at least 18. Its a big decision and a life changing one.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Plastic surgery option = 18 and over. Like everyone knows, you don't come into your full face or body once you're at least 23-28.
Linny Linny 8 years
oh please. kids are so obnoxious. kids need to learn how to accept who they are/ what their features look like. they don't really know what they are getting themselves into. the parents who are financing any elective surgery for teens aren't parenting. they are not helping their kids in a non-superficial way. it doesn't help in the long run. whatever imperfect noses don't kill you will make you stronger.
1love 1love 8 years
it's a little sad that they have a bad self image in the first place... but its better to boost your confidence than to hide in your skin~
sh0pah0lic56 sh0pah0lic56 8 years
teens are too young- their bodies are still changing.
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