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Unlicensed plastic surgery centres mushroom

Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE
Sin Chew Daily

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Sin Chew Daily) – The trend of plastic surgery among local women has prompted many cosmetologists to become unlicensed plastic surgeons, increasing the risk of adverse effects.

It is ascertained that many unlicensed plastic surgeons from overseas, particularly China, have streamed into Malaysia in recent years and operated plastic surgery centres in the absence of registration and qualified licences.

It is understood that there are only less than 50 qualified plastic surgeons in the country but the number of unlicensed plastic surgeons is beyond estimation.

An unlicensed plastic surgeon who has engaged in the industry for two years told Sin Chew Daily that although he operates a beauty salon, he mainly provides various cosmetic microsurgery treatments to his customers, including filler injection, face lifting, lipolysis injection, nose reshaping and breast augmentation.

Although the beauty salon has operated for two years, it has never been raided by the Health Ministry. Its business is booming and has actively advertised online. The centre has even moved into a well-known shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur a month ago.

The unlicensed plastic surgeon said that customers care only about results, not whether the surgeon is qualified or whether the centre is licensed.

He estimated that his customers has accounted for 30-40% of the whole cosmetic microsurgery market in Malaysia and revealed that he earns RM300,000 to RM500,000 of income per month.

In addition, he called himself a "doctor" but admitted that he is not a qualified doctor registered under the Health Ministry.

He said that as he is in the industry, he knows the operating conditions of it. Many foreign "plastic surgeons" have operated plastic surgery centres in the country without a licence, particularly those from China.

He argued that it is because no regulation has been set by the Health Ministry.

Malaysian Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons (MAPAC) President Dr Kim K Tan told Sin Chew Daily during an interview that the Health Ministry has issued a set of practice guidelines for registered physicians in aesthetic medicine and each qualified cosmetic microsurgery surgeons will be issued an official document by the Health Ministry to prove their qualifications.


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