Italian girls have been banned from having breast implants under the age of 18
The Italian government led by Silvio Berlusconi has decided breast enhancement surgery in adolescent girls is ‘dangerous to their health’.
It also proposes stricter controls on liposuction, Botox, tummy tucks and facelifts.
According to The Times, one Italian woman in three is dissatisfied with her body shape, and 14% of 16-year-olds want their breasts enhanced.
In fact, so powerful is the trend towards physical perfection achieved by plastic surgery – which many Italians blame on the increasing obsession with celebrity – that some Italian women looking for fuller lips have been injecting themselves with kits bought from pharmacies.
There is no set minimum age for cosmetic surgery in the UK, but a spokesperson for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said, ‘Our surgeons prefer patients to be at least 18 years of age.’
‘Breast enhancement at an age when your mammary glands are still developing is a big mistake,’ said Francesca Martini, the Italian Deputy Minister for Welfare and Health.