Faced with beauty: the addiction to plastic surgery in China
“So far, I’ve spent over $470,000 in total. I feel like I’m becoming someone I love; the price is worth it.” beauty blogger
The plastic surgery industry in China is booming. The demand for cosmetic procedures is so widespread among the country’s young population that it is now estimated that the industry will be worth US$200 billion by 2030.
“Because we are in the digital age now, we are in contact with the world more often. We hope to become more beautiful” Plastic surgeon
On Monday, Four Corners examines the massive growth of China’s obsession with beauty. The program meets social media influencers and ordinary young Chinese people who are willing to undergo extreme procedures to drastically change their appearance.
“Everything you see is wrong… I’ve done hair transplants, I’ve done an upper skull procedure. I’ve done forehead filler fillers, brow bone surgery, my double eyelids have been injected with hyaluronic acid. My nose has had four surgeries and three types of fat.” social media influencer
The plastic surgery boom is influenced by beauty apps that promote an ideal ratio between human facial features. Once the faces have been assessed, users can have surgery plans drawn up and connected to approved clinics.
“The app says I can get my nose done because the bottom of my nose is very low and have facial fillers injected to improve sunken cheeks because I may have laugh lines, right? right? Overall, I think it’s pretty scientific.” 21 year old student
The growth of the industry has led to an expansion of medical beauty institutions that employ staff without adequate medical qualifications. While some extreme procedures have been banned, the demand for cosmetic change continues.
“It’s not like 10 or 20 years ago when plastic surgery was something embarrassing, it’s not like that anymore. It’s now popularized by the masses.” Medical Advisor.
Facing Beauty airs Monday, July 18 at 8:30 p.m. It is replayed on Tuesday July 19 at 11 p.m. and Wednesday July 20 at 10 a.m. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS on Saturday at 8:10 p.m. AEST, ABC iview and on abc.net.au/4corners.