Youths go un­der knife to get ahead

Chi­nese seek­ing edge in ca­reers, aca­demics turn to plas­tic surgery

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By XIN­HUA

A grow­ing num­ber of young Chi­nese are un­der­go­ing plas­tic surgery dur­ing their sum­mer va­ca­tions be­cause they be­lieve that im­prov­ing their looks can give them an edge in ap­ply­ing for col­leges or jobs.

Chen Rong got a facelift at a cost of 2,000 yuan ($326) af­ter grad­u­at­ing from a Bei­jing univer­sity in early July.

“I be­lieve ap­pear­ance is an en­try re­quire­ment for some jobs,” said Chen, who had more than 10 in­ter­views be­fore se­cur­ing a job at a bank. “I want to make a good im­pres­sion on my col­leagues.”

Chen is one of many young peo­ple who are go­ing un­der the knife for eyelid surgery, rhino­plasty and li­po­suc­tion dur­ing their sum­mer breaks.

At the Zhongda Hos­pi­tal af­fil­i­ated with South­east Univer­sity, the num­ber of peo­ple vis­it­ing plas­tic surgery clin­ics has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally in re­cent weeks. The hos­pi­tal’s plas­tic surgery clinic re­ceived about 200 facial surgery ap­pli­cants within a week, of which about 70 per­cent were stu­dents.

“Nose jobs, eyelid surgery, li­po­suc­tion and mi­cro-plas­tic surgery are most pop­u­lar with stu­dents,” said Xiong Meng, head of the clinic.

Ting Ting, a 20-year-old who started study­ing in Europe af­ter fin­ish­ing high school in China, had a nose job last week.

“The rhino­plasty makes me look more Euro­pean. It will make my fu­ture work and life in Europe eas­ier,” she said.

Chi­nese beauty stan­dards have be­come in­creas­ingly in­flu­enced by Western stan­dards. Wide and round eyes, white skin and high nose bridges are seen as ideal.

Gao Xue, a con­sul­tant at the Qizhi Plas­tic Surgery Hos­pi­tal in Nan­jing, cap­i­tal of Jiangsu prov­ince, said more stu­dents want plas­tic surgery to boost their self-con­fi­dence.

Li Guimei, head of the plas­tic surgery clinic at the Qing­hai Red Cross Hos­pi­tal in Qing­hai prov­ince, said stu­dents have ac­counted for 50 per­cent of her clinic’s vis­i­tors so far this sum­mer.

“A grad­u­ate vis­ited my clinic for a nose job be­cause he is about to start a job in South China, where peo­ple be­lieve one’s nose shape cor­re­lates with one’s abil­ity to gain wealth,” Li said.

Li said stu­dents should think care­fully be­fore get­ting plas­tic surgery and avoid tak­ing un­nec­es­sary risks.

“Cos­metic surgery is not the only way to at­tain beauty. Young peo­ple shouldn’t pin their hopes on cos­metic surgery,” she said.

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