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Tighter rein required on plastic surgery

THERE is an urgent need to track and control plastic surgery implants and better monitor practitioners, experts said yesterday on the eve of the World Consumer Rights Day.

Problems include practicing medicine without a license, bogus injectable products, hiring foreign doctors who may not be qualified and a lack of safety monitoring of major surgeries.

Dr Sun Baoshan, secretary-general of Shanghai Medical Cosmetology Quality Control Center, said many private hospitals invite overseas plastic surgeons to work on China's mainland to attract customers.

"There is no examination of such surgeons, who have caused many medical accidents, while these hospitals help to hide these accidents to protect their reputations," he said.

"The abuse of injectable implants has become increasingly serious, as has the use of fake products and overuse of permanent implants without proper treatment for complications," said Sun.

"It is urgent to establish a system which records and follows each implant, and stop the use of permanent implants to control side effects," he said.

Only licensed hospitals and clinics can do plastic surgeries, said Zhu Yajie from Shanghai Health Supervision Agency.




 

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