No Christmas Boob Jobs for German Teens

Spokesman for incoming government says 15-year-olds should not get breast enlargements "as a Christmas present"

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A technician works in the processing of silicone gel breast implant manufactured by the French company Sebbin laboratories in Boissy-l'Aillerie, northern Paris January 12, 2012.

Jens Spahn, the health spokesman for one of Germany’s leading political parties, has voiced his opposition to breast enlargements for teens.

“I think it is completely unacceptable to give a 15-year-old a breast enlargement as a Christmas present,” Spahn of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU), told Der Spiegel.

According to CDU, around ten percent of all plastic surgery operations in Germany are conducted on people under 20 (the German Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons says that is exaggerated).

The CDU and the Social Democrats are set to form Germany’s next government and have agreed to start work on a ban on plastic surgery for minors from next year.

Almost 200,000 cosmetic surgery operations are conducted every year in Germany.

[The Local]


Another poorly researched, misleading, poorly written and poorly reviewed article from Time. Another puff piece for the CDU and Social Democrats - as well as a waste of my time - this time by Per Lijas.

There's a big difference between "under 20" and a "minor". In Germany, legal age of consent is 14, legal age for drinking beer is 16, legal age for drinking spirits is 18, legal age for voting is 18 (mostly) (6 of the 16 states have lowered the active voting age for local elections to 16). So we clearly have a problem with the definition of the term "minor".

Next, the author simply parrots the CDU, using "ten percent" as the figure that we are to infer are "boob jobs" (pithy medical term that). Au contraire. In the Der Spiegel article, (google trans) "The listed ten percent interventions for minors (?) related to... all plastic surgical operations such as malformations of the hand or the treatment of combustion consequences... [of the] only 1.3 percent of the aesthetic procedures were performed [on] minors...are in most cases to big ears in children. Now I personally did not know so many german children had big ears. Or that germans were self conscious about them. But the CDU and the Social Democrats want me instead to focus on the breasts of minors.