|In August, China's market regulator drafted guidelines to regulate the medical aesthetics sector's advertising practices, saying that they were prompting societal anxiety over people's looks. A woman about to undergo nose plastic surgery. (File photo by=REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] BEIJING: Chinese state media on Tuesday (Sept 14) said it was "imperative and urgent" to regulate advertisements for cosmetic surgery, procedures, and treatments, saying that some made excessive or false claims, BBC reported.
"From posters at bus stops and in the subway to introductions on social websites and content platforms, from advertisements planted in films and television variety shows, to promotions by live-streamers, medical beauty advertisements are overwhelmingly pervasive," the People's Daily newspaper said in a commentary article published on its website. The newspaper added that some ads associate good looks with "high quality", "diligence" and "success", fabricating stories about "plastic surgery changing one's destiny" and distorting aesthetic perceptions.
The criticism of the sector comes while Chinese regulators have wielded a wide-ranging crackdown on industries from technology to education to property to strengthen their control over the economy and society after years of runaway growth. The spate of regulatory activity has raised investors' concerns over which sectors might come under scrutiny next. Meanwhile, demand for plastic surgery or medical aesthetic treatment has boomed in China in recent years with procedures to make one's eyes wider or nose higher among the most popular. However, they have been criticized for failing to caution people about risks.