China is tightening oversight of its cosmetic surgery industry after one of the country’s biggest pop stars died while undergoing a facelift.
The Ministry of Health in a media briefing Friday said it will standardize surgical practices to promote safer development of the industry, according to a report from state-owned Xinhua news.
Wang Bei, a former winner of China’s reality TV show “Super Girl,” was undergoing facial reconstruction in Hebei province’s capital city Wuhan when her windpipe filled with blood, causing her to suffocate to death.
Demand for cosmetic surgery in China is booming in step with the growing pressure to look perfect. The country performed the world’s second highest number of procedures in 2009, behind the United States, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.