Demand for Plastic Surgery Stays Strong in China

Outside of Brazil and the United States, China is becoming the next country to boast the most plastic surgery operations performed in the world. In 2010, more than 1.3 million licensed operations were recorded in China in 2010 according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Many more were most likely performed illegally and went undocumented.

Amanda Ong, CEO of the Bioscor International clinic in China, says the number of young Chinese graduates that visit the company’s China-based clinics continues to rise year after year. She believes that the highly competitive job market may be a factor for this increase in demand among graduates. Those who are entering the work force want to look and perform at their best, and for many, enhancing their looks can increase self-esteem.

Ong states, “I think that in this day and age, where it is definitely more competitive, and people are getting more educated to get top jobs and higher positions, it’s really based on everything: education and, unfortunately looks, but that’s the way it is. So I think it definitely is becoming a focus in this day and age to get that one step forward, to set yourself apart from others.”

In the same interview, young graduates reveal their anxiety about their looks and the pressure to look good in order to compete with other graduates seeking the same position. Many are now turning to plastic surgery to increase confidence and feel more beautiful. Some report that the entertainment industry has “normalized” plastic surgery so it is becoming more commonplace than before.

One of the most popular procedures in China is the double eyelid stitch surgery which can help to create a more wide-eyed look and a more westernized appearance.

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