While many young women between the ages of 13 and 18 get their parent’s consent to have breast implants, the risks of surgery run high and the emotional and physical effects of plastic surgery at such a young age can be a challenge for many. The Italian government is working on placing a ban on breast implants for young women in hopes of protecting women’s bodies until they are fully mature.
According to Francesca Martini, the undersecretary for the Health Ministry, “Because of the health risks of having such surgery when the mammary gland isn’t yet fully formed, we’re considering outlawing them for minors unless there are valid medical reasons.” (Source: Bloomberg.com)
Many adolescent girls are dissatisfied with their physical appearance; according to a poll conducted by the Il Gruppo SWG, 14 percent of Italian girls who were 16 and 17 years of age would be willing to have breast implants in order to improve their appearance. Body dissatisfaction runs high among women in all age groups, but teenagers are particularly at risk for developing low self-esteem and a poor body image during the tumultuous teen years.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already issued warnings and statements that outline the risks involved with breast implants in young teens. Since the implant cannot be undone, there is a high risk of dimpling, puckering, wrinkling and even distorted breast tissues as the breasts continue to develop and grow. Teenagers may be able to lower their risk of complications and problems with surgery by waiting a few years until they reach their 20s. By that age, the teens may have developed a better body image and will fully understand all of the risks involved with breast implants.