Taiwan places ban on cosmetic surgery for under-18s
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan on Thursday banned "medically unnecessary" plastic surgery on under-18s in an attempt to protect beauty-obsessed youngsters who overlook the health risks of such procedures, officials said.
The government ban is effective immediately, with doctors no longer allowed to perform operations such as nose jobs and breast enhancement on minors.
Liposuction and so-called "double-eyelid" surgery, which makes the eyes look bigger, are also prohibited, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said.
Doctors face a fine of up to Tw$500,000 (S$20,895) and a year's suspension if found in violation of the new rule, the ministry said. They could even lose their licences completely.