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Woman sues clinic after it refuses her cosmetic surgery

TIT FOR TAT:The woman is also being sued by an accountant at the plastic surgery clinic after a scuffle initiated by the woman resulted in minor injuries

By Chiu Chun-fu and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A plastic surgery clinic in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義) is being sued by a woman who a doctor refused to perform surgery on after deciding that further alterations to her face were unnecessary.

According to the clinic, a woman surnamed Wu (吳), 33, had an appointment at the clinic — which specializes in rhinoplasty — last month and paid the required advance fee of NT$5,000. However, the doctor’s assessment was that she did not require cosmetic surgery to her face and she “should not seek further surgical procedures.”

The clinic returned the NT$5,000 in full.

A nurse at the clinic said Wu did not agree that she did not need further procedures and refused to sign the paperwork acknowledging that she had received the advance payment back in full, adding that Wu did, however, take the money.

“She scuffled with our accountant, causing minor injuries to both parties,” the clinic said, adding that Wu had her wounds attended to by staff.

The clinic’s accountant said that the doctor had professional reasons for being unwilling to perform the surgery. She said she was unhappy that Wu had injured her and has decided to sue Wu.

Commenting on the case, Lee Chiu-heng Cosmetic Surgery Clinic dean Lee Chiu-heng (李久恆) said that some individuals might have acquired a bad self-image growing up, which causes them to lose confidence in their appearance, adding that usually these individuals are unable to accept themselves and repeatedly try to change the way they look through surgery.

Some attempt cosmetic alterations to their bodies, while others are fixated on certain areas of their faces, Lee said.

From experience, the two regions most people focus on are the eyelids and the nose, Lee said, adding that he had performed many operations on these areas.

“If a client insists on having surgery on a certain area of their face more than three times and returns due to psychological issues, we usually think they suffer from ‘cacophobia’ [a fear of being ugly] and try to dissuade them from undergoing more surgery,” Lee said.

Polls conducted by local media outlets have found that Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) is the star most Taiwanese women hope to look like following cosmetic surgery, with singer Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) a close second.

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