Australian plastic surgeons warn against young people going under the knife

Australian plastic surgeons warn against young people going under the knife

Dr Norris talks to news.com.au about his views on teens seeking plastic surgery and some of the instances where he thinks it’s OK for young patients to undergo procedures. Following is an extract from the news.com.au article published on 15 April 2015.

Dr Benjamin Norris is a Sydney-based plastic surgeon. He says he usually doesn’t operate on people under 18, however he will consult them with parental supervision. “I would not allow procedures such as rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and cheek enhancement to be performed in my practice on someone under the age of 18.”

Dr Norris says he has performed two breast reductions on two 14 years olds in the past two years. “In both cases those girls had stopped going to school, they were withdrawn from friendship groups and sporting activities because of embarrassment about the size of their bust. Both had excessively large breasts in proportion to their frame — we’re talking E-cup breasts on a 5 foot girl. I’ve had 16 and 17 year olds come to me asking for a breast enlargement and although I’m happy to consult with a parental guardian present, I won’t perform the surgery.”

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