Planet China

Not seeing eye to eye

Double-fold eyelid operations are a favourite for many of China’s female plastic surgery customers who are looking to emulate the double lid look of stars like Angelababy. But for Xiao Zhang the operation was a disappointment, however. In fact the factory worker from Hangzhou – who earns Rmb3,000 a month – has demanded that the Qianqing Plastic Surgery Clinic refund the Rmb30,000 ($4,737) she paid for the procedure, saying it led only to puffy eyes, scarring and post-op pain. Aside from berating the surgeon for doing a poor job, Xiao is also refusing to repay the finance company that lent her the money for the procedure. In response the clinic posted ‘before and after’ photos on the internet and asked for public comment on whether her appearance had been noticeably altered. According to Singtao Daily, the clinic also told Xiao she had been warned that the scar would take time to disappear. Meanwhile the finance company says she now owes it Rmb39,000.

In a recent research report HSBC noted that plastic surgery is a fast growing business in China: by 2019 the market for cosmetic operations will grow to Rmb800 billion, or double its size in 2014, the bank predicts.

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