For Ghanime, the bottom line is simple: only plastic surgeons should be able to conduct plastic surgery in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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In a country where plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures are the norm, a number of unofficial "clinics" have emerged in which unlicensed practitioners are providing services like Botox injections, liposuction and hair implants.The draft law states that only properly licensed plastic surgeons or dermatologists can perform such procedures and that any clinic that does not abide by the law will be shut down.If the draft law is passed, Ghanime said, boutiques or other clinics providing unlicensed procedures will have three months to shut down.Ghanime told The Daily Star that a vast improvement in plastic surgery in Lebanon was behind the push for this law. Tohme argued that other doctors may have proper accreditation from abroad to perform Botox and similar treatments and pointed out that medical professionals in Europe and the United States who are not plastic surgeons are still allowed to work in the field.Using himself as an example, he said that he was properly trained to administer plastic surgery despite being a gynecologist and not being part of the LSPRAS. Tohme recognized, however, that these procedures were often being performed by unlicensed professionals. For Ghanime, the bottom line is simple: Only plastic surgeons should be able to conduct plastic surgery in Lebanon.
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