Cosmetic surgery on children: professional and legal obligations in Australia

Kitipornchai, Leon and Then, Shih-Ning (2011) Cosmetic surgery on children: professional and legal obligations in Australia. Australian Family Physician, 40 7: 513-516.

Author Kitipornchai, Leon
Then, Shih-Ning
Title Cosmetic surgery on children: professional and legal obligations in Australia
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2011-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 40
Issue 7
Start page 513
End page 516
Total pages 4
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Public awareness and concern about cosmetic surgery on children is increasing. Nationally and internationally questions have been raised by the media and government bodies about the appropriateness of children undergoing cosmetic surgery. Considering the rates of cosmetic surgery in comparable Western societies, it seems likely that the number of physicians in Australia who will deal with a request for cosmetic surgery for a child will continue to increase. This is a sensitive issue and it is essential that physicians understand the professional and legal obligations that arise when cosmetic surgery is proposed for a child.

This article reviews the current professional and legal obligations that physicians have to competent and incompetent children for whom cosmetic surgery has been requested.

A case study is used to highlight the factors that Australian primary care physicians must consider before referring and conducting cosmetic surgery on children.
Keyword Children
Plastic surgery
Professional Standards
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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