Unlicensed cosmetic surgery dangers

Local medical experts warned beauty seekers about the risks of receiving injections or other invasive beauty treatments at unqualified establishments. 
Ti Gong

The China FDA states that hyaluronic acid for cosmetic injection is a medical appliance and only licensed facilities can produce, sell and use the products.

Local medical experts warned beauty seekers about the risks of receiving injections or other invasive beauty treatments at establishments who do not have the necessary qualifications for those cosmetic services. 

“A doctor needs five to 10 years to get familiar with the physical structure of a human’s body and have the ability to do cosmetic surgery and therapy after proper training, while staff at beauty parlors and unlicensed clinics have no such professionals,” said Dr Hong Kaizhi from PhiSkin Medical Cosmetic Clinic and a member of the Chinese Association of Plastics and Aesthetics. 

“Moreover, a licensed doctor can’t perform in a beauty parlor, because it is not a medical facility.

“Some patients told us that the person who claimed himself or herself to be a doctor when they received a dermal filler injection at a beauty parlor must be lying. The sources of dermal fillers at beauty parlors are also questionable.”

The China Food and Drug Administration has issued a notice on the risk of fake hyaluronic acid, a common dermal filler, at beauty parlors and unlicensed businesses. The administration said hyaluronic acid for cosmetic injection is a medical appliance and only licensed facilities can produce, sell and use the products. Medical facilities must purchase the product from a legal business.

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration early this year announced 10 local hospitals and clinics as surveillance facilities for hyaluronic acid to enhance the monitoring and inspection of the product and its use. 

Dermal filler is usually injected using a classic sharp hypodermic or a cannula. Complications include nerves and vessels disorders, pain and bruising. The FDA said it is illegal if an unlicensed facility carries out a cosmetic injection. 

A dermal filler may enter blood vessels around eyes, while people receive injections around the area and cause blindness. Injections on the maxillofacial region may damage the nerves, cause a stroke and even death, doctors said.


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