Nose job shouldn’t be fa­tal at­trac­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

a 19-year-old girl went to a plas­tic surgery hos­pi­tal in Guiyang, South­west China’s Guizhou prov­ince, for a nose job. Seven hours later, her fam­ily was told she had died. Thep­a­per.cn com­ments:

ON JAN 3,

The case has re­ally shocked the pub­lic. It is widely known that cos­metic surgery, how­ever mi­nor it might be, poses po­ten­tial risks that might threaten a per­son’s health even life, but the death of the girl is still some­thing that the pub­lic can­not ac­cept. It is re­ally hard for peo­ple to ac­cept that a per­son might die in the pur­suit of beauty.

The case also ex­poses some prob­lems in the plas­tic surgery in­dus­try. Al­though many plas­tic surgery fa­cil­i­ties call them­selves hos­pi­tals they do not have any med­i­cal li­censes. They just use hos­pi­tal in their names to make peo­ple think they are true hos­pi­tals.

Plas­tic surgery is con­sid­ered a sur­gi­cal op­er­a­tion, and only doc­tors with proper train­ing should un­der­take the pro­ce­dures in prop­erly equipped op­er­at­ing the­aters. How­ever, many “doc­tors” in the plas­tic surgery “hos­pi­tals” just do the op­er­a­tions in nor­mal rooms and lack any for­mal train­ing.

Worse, the su­per­vi­sion over the plas­tic surgery in­dus­try is rather loose. In some pre­vi­ously re­ported cases, lo­cal health de­part­ments passed the buck to com­mer­cial man­age­ment bu­reaus, say­ing the plas­tic surgery in­sti­tu­tions are not hos­pi­tals, while the lat­ter passed it back by say­ing they in­volve health risks.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data, the value of China’s plas­tic surgery in­dus­try is sec­ond only to that of the United States. But as the in­dus­try grows, su­per­vi­sion has failed to keep pace with it. Tougher reg­u­la­tion of the in­dus­try is needed to pre­vent peo­ple’s lives be­ing put at risk.

From the qual­ity of the prac­ti­tion­ers, to the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the in­sti­tu­tions and the tight­en­ing of su­per­vi­sion so there are no loop­holes, the cos­metic surgery in­dus­try must be bet­ter reg­u­lated to en­sure peo­ple’s safety comes first.

MA XUEJING / CHINA DAILY

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