Popularity of cosmetic surgery on the up in China

Oriental looking attractive womanA growing number of young people in China are turning to cosmetic surgery to give them an edge when applying for jobs and education. Youths are using their summer vacations to improve their looks. Beijing postgrad Chen Rong received a facelift at a cost of 2,000 yuan (£213) after graduating in early July.“I have sensed that appearance is an entry requirement for some jobs,” said Chen, who went to more than 10 interviews before securing a job at a bank. “I just want to make a good impression.” Ting Ting, a 20-year-old who started studying in Europe after finishing high school, had a nose job last week. She added: “The rhinoplasty makes me look more European. It will make my future work and life in Europe easier.” The number of people visiting plastic surgery clinics at Zhongda Hospital of Southeast University has increased dramatically in recent weeks. Over the week ending last Wednesday, the hospital received 200 facial surgery applicants – 70 per cent of those were students. Xiong Meng, head of the clinic, said: “Nose jobs, eyelid surgery, liposuction and micro-plastic surgery are most popular with students.” Li Guimei, head of the plastic surgery clinic at Qinghai Red Cross Hospital in Qinghai Province, said students account for 50 per cent of her clinic’s visitors so far this summer. There has also been a rise in the number of men seeking plastic surgery.