Risking health for appearance
BY 花消英气 from 21st Century
Published 2021-09-26
Many young people are seduced by false advertisements and fall victim to illegal practices. VCG

Zhou Chuna, a 15-year-old online personality known as Xiaona, shared her experience of cosmetic surgery on the internet recently and caused a lot of discussion. According to Workers Daily, Zhou started getting cosmetic surgery at the age of 13 and has since spent about 4 million yuan on more than 100 surgeries.

Although Zhou’s case is rare, more younger people in China are undergoing cosmetic surgery, Xinhua reported on Aug 31.

During the summer holidays, double eyelid surgery is common among students. Other popular cosmetic surgeries among Chinese young people include liposuction and nose jobs, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

While many beauty clinics claim that being more physically attractive gives people an advantage in society, failed cases of cosmetic surgery are common to see. According to Xinhua, an underage girl surnamed Zhang had double eyelid surgery, but she couldn’t open her eyes after surgery due to errors made during the operation.

Moreover, Xinhua pointed out that there is furious competition within the medical beauty industry to gain more teenage customers.

Some businesses use slogans like “Only by becoming prettier can you be more loved” to spread “appearance anxiety”. And many beauty centers advertise directly to teenagers, encouraging them to “make some changes and let your classmates be amazed by your beauty in the new semester”, reported Xinhua.

Some clinics mislead their clients by stating low costs. One internet user said she saw an advertisement for a 15 yuan treatment for pimples but the beautician gave her a year’s treatment plan which cost 8,000.

More concerning, a large number of beauty care institutions actually operate illegally.

Many experts have said it’s improper for teenagers to undergo cosmetic surgery. Teenagers tend to be more vulnerable to advertisement and social pressure, not to mention their level of physical maturity. Given these factors, many are calling for stricter regulations on the beauty industry when it comes to the treatment of teenagers.

(Translator & Editor: Li Xinzhu AND Luo Sitian)
Cosmetic surgery  整容手术
Double eyelid  双眼皮
Liposuction  抽脂
Claim  声称
Furious  激烈的
Slogans  宣传
Pimples  青春痘
Licensed  颁发执照
Vulnerable  脆弱的
Maturity  成熟
Regulations  监管