Singer's death raises concerns about Chinese plastic surgery

December 9, 2010

Singer's death raises concerns about Chinese plastic surgery
Singer's death raises concerns about Chinese plastic surgery

After a popular Chinese singer died in China earlier this month from complications due to plastic surgery, concerns are growing across the world’s second-most populous country about the safety of such procedures there, UK paper The Independent, reports.

Twenty four-year-old Wang Bei, who rose to fame on a Chinese version of American Idol, died on November 15 after problems arose with the anesthetic used during her plastic surgery. There have been conflicting reports as to the specifics of her death and this has prompted an investigation into the cosmetic health industry by the Chinese Ministry of Health.

Although the Chinese government is investigating the incident, her death raises a number of red flags especially since China's plastic surgery industry is growing significantly, leading to some physicians who are not qualified.

"As the demand for plastic surgery surges in China, some doctors not trained in the field are carrying out the surgery, which is risky and irresponsible," said Zhang Huabin, a professor at Guandong Medical College told the news source.

The tragic death of Wang should encourage those who are considering plastic surgery to check their physician’s credentials and certifications. If going abroad for plastic surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery warns patients to make informed choices and follow safety guidelines.


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