Cosmetic Surgeons Sent to Court Over Injuries, Counterfeit Medicines and Unlicensed Operations

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A photo of the Romdoul Medical Cosmetology Center posted to the clinic’s Facebook page in 2020.
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A testimonial for a Phnom Penh cosmetic surgery raves that Chinese doctors gave her a “foreign nose,” and when she wanted her eyelids cut back, they gave her the option instead to inject thigh fat into her eye sockets.

“I don’t trust Cambodian doctors, frankly speaking, because with Cambodian doctors … just show them money for a nose surgery and then in the evening you have the surgery,” the woman says in a video posted online by Romdoul Medical Cosmetology Center.

In the center’s videos, backed by upbeat synthesizer music, surgeons perform breast augmentation, while other ads offer chin implants.

According to a statement issued by the Counter-Counterfeiting Committee on Thursday, multiple patients have suffered injuries at the surgery.

Authorities from multiple agencies cracked down on the business earlier this month, shutting down the operations and sending four Chinese doctors to court, the statement said.

“Doctors and technicians … caused injuries to many victims in violation of precautionary responsibilities required by law,” it said.

The clinic was also unlicensed, and had imported counterfeit and substandard medicines, the statement said.

“The authorities will continue to search for and look to arrest other people involved and punish them according to the law,” it said. “We have seen that some crooks are operating cosmetic businesses that do not comply with the law. … The committee will continue to monitor this work more.”

The clinic was in the One Park building in Daun Penh district’s Srah Chak commune, it said.

A phone number for the clinic rang on Friday, but a person who picked up the phone said they knew nothing about the case.

Tan Sovichea, head of the Counter-Counterfeit Committee, referred further questions to the court. Asked how the patients had been injured, he said: “There were a lot of things.”

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