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City considers plastic surgery ban for minors

By Xu Jingxi and Zheng Xin (China Daily)

15:42, October 24, 2012

A plastic surgeon talks with high school students who are considering plastic surgery at the People’s Liberation Army No 455 Hospital in Shanghai in August. [Photo/China Daily]

Guangzhou may become the first Chinese city to ban juveniles from receiving nonessential plastic surgery, according to a draft revision of regulations on the protection of minors, released on Sunday.

If approved, the rules will also require doctors to inform under-18s and their legal guardian about the risks involved before they can undergo any cosmetic operation for medical reasons.

"Cities nationwide have seen younger and younger people undergoing plastic surgery in recent years," said Yang Jianguang, a law professor at Sun Yat-sen University.

"In the pursuit of a fashionable or pretty look, these youngsters may make a ill-thought-out decision to undergo a procedure that could harm their health."

Yang has been leading a panel of experts in drafting the revision since February, and emphasized that it is necessary to regulate the rapidly growing plastic surgery industry through the law.

"It's worrying that some institutions are taking advantage of the trend to offer low-cost yet substandard surgeries to lure juveniles," Yang added.

Zhejiang Mingzhongyi Medical Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, launched a promotion targeting college and secondary school students during the summer vacation, offering a 20 percent discount for surgeries such as nose reshaping and double eyelids.

A receptionist told a China Daily reporter posing as a 17-year-old potential customer that the promo will continue on after the summer vacation. She described nose reshaping and double eyelid surgery as "small surgeries with few risks that junior middle school students can undergo".

The receptionist told the China Daily reporter she would need to persuade the parents to sign the consent form for the surgery.

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