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Guidelines for Teenage Cosmetic Patients

Teenagers who want cosmetic surgery may have to pass a psychological assessment before going under the knife.

The Medical Board of Australia also wants people seeking a procedure to undergo a mandatory cooling-off period before their operation.

Under the guidelines proposed by the board, there would be a seven-day waiting period for adults and a three-month cooling-off period before procedures for all patients under 18 years old.

Noting a “disturbing trend” of young people rushing into surgery while physically or emotionally unready to understand the risks, the guidelines would require patients under 18 to be assessed by a registered psychologist or psychiatrist.

At Northern Beaches Cosmetic Plastic Surgery all patients under the age of 18 are seen with a parent or guardian in a consult with Dr Turner to discuss the procedure in depth and the risks  associated and are then asked to be seen by a psychologist or psychiatrist. The patient can then come back after the 3 month cooling off period and subject to the psychological assessment and Dr turner’s examination, they can then proceed with surgery. For information about financing check out

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