A pedestrian walks past an advertisement for a plastic surgery clinic at a subway station in Seoul on March 26, 2014. The South Korean capital was once a hot spot for Chinese women to undergo plastic surgery. Photo: VCG
A report on a woman who was unable to obtain compensation after failing cosmetic surgery intended to bring “good luck” to her husband has sparked a discussion about patient rights in China.
Local reports in east China’s Jiangxi Province said on Saturday that the client, a woman named Zuo, had a fat injection procedure on her forehead, temples and browbone in Nanchang. , Jiangxi, in 2019.
Zuo claimed that shortly after the operation, several “bumps” appeared at the injection sites on his face and things did not improve after two years of the repair operation, a chain reported. Jiangxi local television.
Zuo told reporters at the station that she accepted the 40,000 yuan ($ 6,250) operation because the beauty salon “had deceived her by saying that adjusting her facial contours could help.” luck ‘to her husband’.
After failed reconstructive surgery, the woman applied for compensation, but the institute refused.
The institute, named Nanchang Ningmei, has now been replaced by another chain of stores named Yanfan Medical Beauty.
The Jiangxi Customers Association told Chinese news outlet Kankan News on Saturday that it would send someone to “go and investigate as soon as possible.”
News of the woman’s plight sparked a discussion on popular Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo, as internet users questioned whether the current regulations provide sufficient protection for customers.
“Why do we have to report to the media for help with this problem? Said a comment.
Insiders say that with the surge in consumer demand and the number of beauty salons in China, the surgery market has become more chaotic than ever. February statistics from the Chinese Tianyancha Business Database show that more than 3,600 beauty salons among the 35,000 institutes that exist across the country have already been sanctioned for violations.
The number of plastic surgery institutes continues to skyrocket in China. A total of 10,000 new locations opened in 2021, a 395% increase from 2020, according to the database.
In addition, the high mobility within the industry has made finding offenders and mediating between consumers and institutes a difficult task for the government.
Some institutes, like the one mentioned above, have closed their stores after just a few years of activity due to a lack of income, according to insiders who believe tighter regulation is needed.
In addition, many of the institute’s staff are temporary workers, who leave after having performed only one or two surgeries.
Zuo was not the only example. In February, a Chinese actress warned of the dangers of cosmetic surgery by sharing photos of her damaged nose to her 5 million subscribers to raise awareness after her procedure went wrong.
The associated hashtag was able to gain 730 million views on Weibo shortly after the actress’ post, and her experience has drawn sympathy from many Chinese netizens. Her attending physician was suspended for six months, and the hospital was fined 49,000 yuan.