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Beauty shops deemed unfit for cosmetic shots

ABOUT 80 percent of cosmetic injections in Shanghai are performed at beauty parlors and unlicensed clinics, which are not qualified and may use counterfeit products, experts told a medical conference yesterday.

Cosmetic injections like Botox and dermal fillers are popular for their non-surgical effects on anti-aging, whitening and slimming. But experts warned beauty-seekers to go to hospitals and professional medical clinics.

"Cosmetic injection is developing quickly and will become a growing trend in the next 10 years. My hospital conducts about 20,000 such injections a year, while there were less than 100 years ago," said Dr Qi Zuoliang, director of the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine's reparative and reconstruction surgery branch.

"Though it is simpler than surgeries, it is a medical practice. I have received many patients who suffered serious side effects after receiving cosmetic injection at beauty parlors, which cheated them with fake products, even banned products," he said.

Local medical facilities yesterday announced the city's first hotline, 4000139399, offering consultation and help for those with unsuccessful cosmetic injections.

A 21-year-old woman surnamed Yang contacted the hotline yesterday, complaining after receiving an injection to reshape her nose at a beauty parlor last year.

"A doctor at the parlor told me they gave polyacrylamide gel and it is good," she said. "I spent about 8,000 yuan (US$1,250) for the injection. It seemed good at first, but my nose started to fall down recently. I went to the beauty parlor, but they said it was my own problem such as infection."

A doctor at the Shanghai Art Plastic Cosmetic and Esthetic Surgery Hospital said Yang must undergo surgery to remove the gel as soon as possible, or there is a risk of cancer.

Polyacrylamide gel, an implant used for breast argumentation and dermal filler, was banned in 2006 after sickening at least 300,000 Chinese women.


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