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DOH may bar minors from cosmetic surgery

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Department of Health (DOH) announced plans to ban cosmetic surgeries for minors, including rhinoplasty, suction-assisted lipectomy and breast implant, perhaps in the next six months.

Following a report of a 13-year-old girl that recently went to a cosmetic center for a Botox injection in Taiwan, Kuomintang lawmaker Alicia Wang(王育敏) said there are numerous affordable cosmetic surgeries in Taiwan, such as eyelash implants, that are popular among teenagers.

Wang urged the DOH to study similar regulations introduced in Austria and Italy to bring forth a ban on underage cosmetic surgeries in Taiwan.

In response, the DOH Minister Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) said during a legislative interpellation that he agrees with Wang's idea of introducing the policy, adding that he will consult cosmetic surgery experts on the issue, and draft a policy that strictly regulates the age limit and surgery categories. Chiu said the policy could be enacted in six months at the earliest.

Health official Wang Tsung-hsi (王宗曦) said cosmetic surgeries are usually administered in three kinds of treatments: injection, photoelectric treatments and surgeries.

Wang said the injection and photoelectric treatment are not permanent, therefore the treatments are less controversial to perform on minors. However, Wang said the necessity of age limitations on plastic surgeries such as rhinoplasy, breast implant should be discussed and considered.

1 Comment
May 14, 2013    drbranman@
I heard that Guangzhou was going to be the first city in China to make it illegal for children under 18 to receive non essential surgical procedures without parental permission. In the United States we take it for granted that a minor cannot legally consent to surgery without his or her parents' consent. But I also understood that middle class Chinese teens receive cosmetic surgery as graduation gifts from their parents, sometimes for middle school. Since 2009 the trend in elective procedures had risen to about 2 million annually putting China in third place behind the United States and Brazil on the global scale of top consumers of cosmetic surgery. A bit scary to me.

Dr Rhys Branman
Little Rock [...]
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