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Can cosmetic surgery be carried out on children?

  • Posted: Wednesday 01 July, 2015

There are many situations where surgery for children is beneficial and clinically indicated for physical and psychological health reasons. A blanket ban on all cosmetic surgery for all children would not be in the best interests of some children.

For any specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon, the considerations include the best interests of the child, whether the parental consent is rational and informed, whether the child is sufficiently mature, the health of the child and the timing of the procedure – and whether it would be better to wait until adulthood.