DOH may bar minors from cosmetic surgery
By Lauly Li, The China Post
May 10, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
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.