Reg­u­late plas­tic surgery cen­ters

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

About 200,000 faces have been ruined be­cause of plas­tic surgery from 2002 to 2012, ac­cord­ing to China Con­sumers’ As­so­ci­a­tion fig­ures. Since su­per­vi­sory or­gans don’t take ac­tion, the un­der­ground prod­uct chain keeps churn­ing out fraud­u­lent prod­ucts and run­ning peo­ple’s lives, says an ar­ti­cle in Bei­jing Youth Daily. Ex­cerpts:

China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion has ex­posed the sup­ply chain of fraud­u­lent ma­te­ri­als for the plas­tic surgery in­dus­try. Other me­dia out­lets too have ex­posed many un­li­censed plas­tic surgery cen­ters. But even the se­vere dam­age, in­clud­ing mu­ti­lated faces, psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma and at times death, caused by spu­ri­ous plas­tic surgery cen­ters has not damp­ened Chi­nese women’s long­ing to look “more beau­ti­ful” overnight.

The in­dus­try em­ploys 20 mil­lion peo­ple, and its rev­enue is 300 mil­lion yuan ($48.7 mil­lion) with a growth rate of more than 40 per­cent a year.

Me­dia re­ports say the su­per­vi­sory or­gans have not taken ac­tion to reg­u­late the in­dus­try. For in­stance, they have not banned de­cep­tive ad­ver­tise­ments or placed the plas­tic surgery cen­ters’ man­age­ment in the hands of com­mer­cial and pub­lic health de­part­ments. Also, the food and drug ad­min­is­tra­tion has not been su­per­vis­ing the sup­ply of med­i­cal equip­ment and medicine to the plas­tic surgery in­dus­try.

Leg­is­la­tion for the plas­tic surgery in­dus­try has to be strength­ened be­cause the ex­ist­ing rules, for­mu­lated in 2002, are in­ad­e­quate to solve the prob­lems that the fastchang­ing sit­u­a­tion gives rise to. There­fore, newleg­is­la­tion has to be passed to ef­fec­tively man­age the prob­lem­atic plas­tic surgery in­dus­try.

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