Materia Medica Malaysiana

January 19, 2008

More ‘quacks’ doing beauty jobs

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 10:34 am

NST: KUALA LUMPUR: The number of cosmetic surgeries performed by individuals, including doctors, who are not trained in the field, is on the rise.
Dr Peter Wong, president of the Malaysian Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons (MAPACS), said this was regrettable and it had resulted in many cases of botched cosmetic jobs.
“Many patients who are otherwise healthy have become miserable as a result. Even death has been reported,” he told the New Straits Times.
He said cosmetic surgery was a very difficult area that required many years of training and experience and it was best done by those who were specialised in the field.
“The public is advised to check on the credentials of the ‘doctor’ before allowing themselves to be put under the knife, rather than just relying on recommendation or hearsay from someone who may have personal or monetary interests,” said Dr Wong.
Commenting on the recent incident where a botched work on a 44-year old Datin has resulted in her fighting for her life, Dr Wong said people should be made aware of the dangers when they went to unqualified doctors.
He supported the efforts by the Health Ministry to check unethical practices by unqualified persons or doctors who had not been trained in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.
Dr Wong urged the public to report cases of botched jobs to the authorities so that action could be taken.

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