Bangkok — Crash courses in cosmetic surgery being offered to inexperienced Thai doctors fall below the minimum industry standards, warned a veteran Thai cosmetic surgeon.
Chonlathit Sinrachatanon, president of the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Association of Thailand, said South Korean tourism operators already offer cosmetic surgery and tourism packages to Thai customers, but now they are targeting young and inexperienced Thai doctors.
Workshops are being offered on popular cosmetic surgery procedures which give doctors certificates at the end of each program.
But the workshops only run between three and seven days.
Most of the physicians attending the workshops are young doctors qualified in general practice but without a specialism, or newly graduated general practitioners seeking additional knowledge on cosmetic surgery, said Dr. Chonlathit.
The courses are also popular among beauty clinic owners who want to extend their services to offer double eyelid and nose surgery to cater to the growing demand from people who want to alter their looks, said reports.
Dr. Chonlathit said most of the workshops being offered by South Korean tour operators use private clinics instead of approved medical schools, and are not in line with standard criteria for cosmetic surgery training.
He urged young general practitioners who are interested in becoming cosmetic surgeons to adhere to the proper academic requirements for the field.
They must have sufficient experience before setting up their own businesses, or they risk harming people and damaging Thailand’s cosmetic surgery business, he warned.
Thailand is one of the main cosmetic surgery markets in Asia.