Nanjing has, in the last couple of years, become littered with plastic surgery hospitals. It feels as if there must be one on every corner now, offering women the chance at a higher-bridged nose, double eye lids or longer legs.
Such have been the most popular of surgeries chosen amongst Asian women regarding falsification of beauty. However, as the industry undoubtedly flourishes with Nanjing’s strong bank of wealth in the hands of housewives, so do the methods.
A woman said to be in her 30’s was interviewed by Jiangsu Public News and spoke of her recent experience with a new found quickie; Botox. “I saw that the effects of this drug on others at the salon were so good, that I said i’ll do it. A few skin jabs later and my skin turned red and I could feel small bubbles”, the woman said.
Soon after a hole appeared along her jawline where she had been injected with Botolinum A Toxin, an ingredient found in the new South Korean drug Meditoxin. The drug is only produced in South Korea and has only just undergone clinical trials in the US as of this year. The trials are ongoing.
Reporters suggested that the product could have been smuggled into China, thus missing vital stamps of approval by authorities, while it is also been thought the drug itself could have been fake. A doctor from a cosmetics hospital in Nanjing spoke of the dangers of trusting such “pop-up beauty salons”, “open one day and gone the next”.
The woman rushed to a local hospital where her wound was cleaned and attended to, however her jaw remains scarred forever. One Internet user commented, “Appearance is a gift from our parents, we mustn’t casually try to change it”.
Cases such as these are not new to China and with the rise in income inequality and pressure from society to look perfect, more and more woman now seek cheap and fast results. However, for the large majority, it is to their detriment.