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Reader Laura on a Chinese Plastic Surgery Report

Posted Aug 10 2010 7:30am

Reader Laura’s Comment “Have you noticed this trend here in the US?”

Up to 80 percent of Beijing’s plastic surgery market this summer consists of senior high school and college students hoping to improve their appearance and land better jobs, according to a study on the Beijing market by China Medical Treatment Orthopedics and Beauty Association.

That proportion is expected to hit 90 percent in the coming years, the association said.

Excessive employment pressures and higher beauty standards are the leading reasons for the popularity of the surgery, said a researcher called Xu who worked on the study.


There is a trend toward job seekers utilizing cosmetic surgery in the US, but not this young and not this many percentage-wise. I’d wager the cost of cosmetic surgery in China is much less relatively speaking.

Here young people are trying more non-invasive work probably due to cost constraints. Ironically many of the treatments younger patients dabble in domestically are not very effective. There is no evidence, for example, that Botulinum toxins work to prevent the development of wrinkles in younger patients.

Not all doctors out there are so honest when the correct answer is to NOT treat someone. It is a matter of philosophy.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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