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Guangdong bans cosmetic surgery on minors

By Liu Sheng (Global Times)

10:39, October 23, 2012

Hospitals and medical institutions in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, will not be allowed to perform cosmetic surgery on minors without their guardian's consent, according to a local draft regulation on protection of minors, which has been put forward online for public input.

The draft, released over the weekend by the Guangzhou Youth League Committee, will help protect minors from modern-day perils. It also aims to fill in gaps of the national law on the protection of minors, said the committee's website Monday.

One apparent pressing concern according to the Guangzhou Daily was minors seeking nonessential cosmetic surgery. Its report concentrated on one of the regulations that will require medical institutions to inform minors and their guardians of the possible risks of cosmetic surgery.

The new set of regulations for minors in Guangzhou is expected to come in effect in June 2013.

"There are minors coming to our hospital for plastic surgery, but generally we don't accept them if it's only for beauty concerns," Jiang Hua, head of plastic surgery at the Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, told the Global Times, adding that minors are neither psychologically nor physically ready for appearance-changing operations.

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