July was the high season of plastic surgery last year in China. There were about 200 person/times in only several days in July in many plastic surgery hospitals. But this year, there were about 200-300, or even more than 300, in each day in July. And the high season in the summer and winter vacations also shows that the youth has become the main clients of cosmetic surgery.
In the Plastic Surgery Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Dr. Chen Huanran said he examined 58 patients in one afternoon and performed more than 10 surgeries one day for the most. Zhang Haiming, an experienced eyelid surgeon had performed more than 200 surgeries from June to August. They recalled that in the past two months, the hospital was very noisy and clamoring. The photos of facial parts of Zhang Yiyi, Zhao Wei, Sun Yanzi and so on spread all over the desks. Patients’ requests were various and ridiculous. Many people excitedly asked to fix every part of their face.
(Image source: Ningbo Yangming Plastic Surgery Hospital Website)
A patient of Dr. Zhang Haiming, in her 20s, did facial surgeries more than ten times during the past three years. As a result, “she looks like she is in her 40s”not enough skin, fat, and muscles. The whole face is propped up only by the cheekbones. She is not pretty at all. The patient’s only request is reversal, but there are too many scars underneath her facial skin and nobody can reverse the effects of the surgery, including God.” “Chinese cosmetic industry is growing fast,” Chen said with concern. “But now it is entering a season of reversals.”
Next was a woman in her 30s. She had chin surgery in May this year but after that, she got an infection in her chin. She wanted to remove the filling out of the chin. “I suggest you not do that.” Li said, “otherwise you will lose your chin and get a massive infection.” The woman cried and left. Another middle-aged woman with a trembling nose came in. “You must have had nose surgeries many times. It can not be reversed.”
The plastic surgery storm has swept up many teenagers. In 2002, a mother in Dalian took her 12-year-old daughter to do a double eyelid surgery, which attracted a lot of media attention. In the past summer, 80% of Dr. Chen’s patients were teenagers. “This generation grew up with South Korean and Japanese TV dramas, and they accept ‘man-made beauty’ easily. But what scares me is some young mothers completely support their children to have plastic surgery.” In Chen’s office, you can easily see some young mothers with their faces wrapped in bandages asking Chen to also work on the children while encouraging the kids “it doesn’t hurt. See, mom has done it.” These moms concluded that one’s face is important when they looked back at the lessons of the experiences from their careers, marriages and social lives. They said it would give the children more room for development and would never let them go through what they had gone through.