Swiss politicians are considering a crackdown on beauty operations for youngsters under the age of 18 to tackle the incredible pressure they are being put under by influencers on social media.
They are worried about the health implications of minors having operations which have moved on from nose operations or lip enlargements to more serious surgical procedures including larger or smaller bottoms and breasts or a thinner waist.
The proposal comes after politicians heard that the number of young Swiss teenage girls opting to have such procedures had increased dramatically.
Figures published in Swiss newspaper the Sonntags Zeitung show that the Swiss Plastic Surgery Association was recording around 60,000 operations for cosmetic purposes per year.
In practical terms, that meant that last year there was an increase of 20 percent in the number of operations carried out, and this only refers to the operations carried out by medically qualified personnel. For operations carried out by beauty saloons and beauticians, there are no figures recorded and they are supposed to be limited to only perform operations where the effects do not last longer than 30 days.
But the increased demand has meant an increase in the number of places that are apparently not adhering to this in order to offer their services, according to Yves Bruehlmann from the Swiss Plastic Surgery Association.
He said however that as far as their members are concerned, purely cosmetic surgical procedures should only be carried out on people aged over the age of 18.
But there is no legal limit in Switzerland should somebody under the age of 18 undergo a surgical procedure.
CVP MP Ruth Humbel noted: “In certain situations, which the obsession with good looks definitely qualifies, we need to make sure that we protect young people and their parents from themselves.”