British newspaper, The Daily Mail, is reporting on the shocking gift one UK mother gave her 7 year-old daughter this Christmas: a £7,000 voucher for liposuction. (£7,000 equals approximately $11,000.) The article describes the mother, Sarah Burge, as “surgery-obsessed,” and it’s not the first time she gave her daughter a gift like this. For her sixth birthday, Burge’s daughter supposedly received a £6,000 voucher for breast enlargement. In reference to this year’s Christmas gift, the paper quotes Burge as saying, “She asks for surgery all the time. She wants to look good and lipo is one of those procedures that will always come in handy…” Although the 7 year-old can’t redeem these vouchers until she’s old enough, some of us think it’s delivering the wrong message.
Burge, who is known as the “Human Barbie,” is no stranger to plastic surgery herself. The 51 year-old is infamous in the UK for supposedly spending over £500,000 (~$782,000) on her own cosmetic surgeries. A woman who seems to like the spotlight, Burge’s website even boasts a “Press & Controversy” section. Even if this is just a publicity stunt, this is one Christmas gift that is anything but appropriate.
How Old is Old Enough?
Every cosmetic surgery is different and has age guidelines, and when a young person seeks out cosmetic treatment, there are always special considerations. With a procedure such as Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery), the best candidates are those whose facial growth is complete. When it comes to Breast Augmentation, saline implants are only approved for women 18 and over.
Also, there’s the issue of patient maturity. Young patients need to know that plastic surgery is real surgery, and they shouldn’t go under the knife for anyone but themselves.
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