Plastic surgery on the rise in China

October 5, 2011

Plastic surgery on the rise in China
Plastic surgery on the rise in China

Plastic surgeries are becoming more common in Asian countries such as China and India, according to a recent survey conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

ModernMedicine.com reports that China and India follow the United States and Brazil for the number of plastic surgeries performed in 2010.

"There are rapidly growing middle classes in China and India, and their disposable incomes are growing," the ISAPS president said. "Plastic surgery is very popular in China, just as it is in Western Europe and the United States. The media are interested in it. There is always something in the press."

According to Reuters, many Chinese women are undergoing cosmetic plastic surgeries to improve their looks.

"Parents want their daughters to be beautiful so they'll have an easier time finding a job or a husband," Beijing-based plastic surgeon Ding Xiaobang told the news source. "They'll often bring the child to get surgery the summer before college or even high school."

The news provider reports that a study conducted by the China Medical Treatment Orthopedics and Beauty Association last summer found that as many as 80 percent of plastic surgery patients in Beijing were students.

Unlike in the U.S., where breast augmentation and liposuction are the most popular procedures, Chinese patients often opt for eyelid surgeries and nose jobs. Many want their eyes to appear more "Western," so they have what's commonly referred to as double eyelid surgery to insert an extra crease into the eyelid to make the eyes appear larger.

BusinessBecause.com reports that nose-lift surgeries, in which a bridge is inserted in the nose using part of a rib, is also common, especially because the economy continues to struggle.

"Many white-collar workers have lost their jobs because of the recession, so they are now facing enormous pressure to get back to work again," a Shanghai-based plastic surgeon told the website. "Beauty - for women particularly - plays such a big part in young university graduates' job-hunting process."

On the home front, many American job-seekers to undergo cosmetic plastic surgeries as well. Procedures that help older workers appear younger and more alert, such as eyelid surgery, Botox injections and hyaluronic acid injections are all common procedures in the United States.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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