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Watchdog warns consumers about plastic surgery

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

The Consumers’ Foundation yesterday warned the public to think carefully before undergoing aesthetic procedures, saying that “having the most up-to-date technology does not necessarily mean you will get the best-quality service.”

As micro plastic surgeries and aesthetic medical treatments become increasingly popular in Taiwan, the number of consumer disputes related to such procedures has also grown.

The foundation reported that it has received a multitude of complaints from consumers saying that the treatment they received does not suit their needs or that the condition the procedure was meant to fix has worsened.

The foundation advised those considering undergoing aesthetic procedures to thoroughly discuss the process with their physician and closely read all the details stipulated in the medical consent form before they sign it.

Other suggestions for those mulling surgery included taking pictures of the part of the body that is to be treated before the procedure is carried out and keeping copies of the photographs btoh in the clinic and at home.

The watchdog added that since such treatments are not covered by National Health Insurance, patients should also save all medical documentation related to any treatment they receive for future reference.

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