Guangzhou has announced new rules which will ban minors from having cosmetic surgery. The ban is “aimed at tackling the country’s growing obsession with going under the knife, an official statement said.”
Over 3 million people in China undergo plastic surgery every year according to state media, only in America do more people have operations to change their appearance.
If passed by local lawmakers later this year, the law will also require parents of minors to consent to any cosmetic surgery for medical reasons performed on their children, according to a statement on the city’s official website.
“If approved, the regulation will be the first rule that has addressed the issue of plastic surgery for under-18s in China,” medical lawyer Zhao Yin told the state-run China Daily newspaper on Wednesday, adding that she hoped the laws would be rolled out across the country.
The regulations for Guangzhou, which is the capital of Guangdong province in southern China, would come into force early next year.
Chinese youths are turning to plastic surgery as they become increasingly obsessed with beauty, experts claim.
Former Chinese reality TV star and pop singer Wang Bei, died whilst undergoing plastic surgery in 2010.
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