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Beauty parlor surgical implants unsafe

ALMOST all plastic surgery materials used in beauty parlors are counterfeit and made in underground plants, and the so-called doctors at the parlors are unlicensed, said officials from the city's medical cosmetology quality control center.

The center yesterday joined with plastic surgery hospitals and cosmetic material companies to set up an alliance promising qualified products, offering consultation to the public and evaluating materials when patients have doubts.

A 25-year-old woman said at a press conference yesterday she got a breast augmentation surgery seven years ago in a beauty parlor with counterfeit materials. The woman, surnamed Lan, said she didn't know the material's content, but was promised it was safe.

"The left breast started to deform two years ago and I felt pain sometimes," she said. "The situation got worse recently and I can't wear tight clothes." She went to a hospital and had surgery two days ago.

"We found the materials being injected into the left breast had broken and migrated to the abdomen," said Dr Yang Yunxia from Shanghai Time Plastic Surgery Hospital. "Doctors spent several hours removing all the material, which is not what hospitals use. The jelly-like stuff looks like lard and has sickened her breast tissue."

"If such materials spread to the legs and other parts of the body, it could result in skin ulceration and even necrosis," Yang said. "There is also a possibility of cancerous changes."

Lan said she was very angry about the beauty parlor and warned others to be cautious.


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