28 October 2016
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital will open a plastic and reconstructive center at Pacific Place One next year. Photos: HKEJ, internet
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital will open a plastic and reconstructive center at Pacific Place One next year. Photos: HKEJ, internet

Sanatorium to open plastic surgery center at Pacific Place One

What would you say when the city’s top private hospital expands its aesthetic surgery business to Admiralty?

Big business.

Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HKSH) is set to open a Plastic and Reconstructive Center at Pacific Place One next year for a reported monthly rental of HK$5 million. (HKSH Healthcare will also run two other centers at the snooty place, occupying a total of two and a half floors.)

Why establish medical facilities in a shopping mall? Well, as they say, if the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain.

That is why HKSH is willing to pay hefty rents to get close to wealthy clients, instead of waiting for them to come to its headquarters in Happy Valley.

Actually, the Admiralty center opened a month ago, initially offering only dental services, but it will quickly expand to plastic and reconstructive surgery by mid-2016, according to Apple Daily.

The demand is there, and the controversy over Angelababy, a top young model who tried to prove that her beauty is God’s gift and not the result of any man-made facial alteration, only proves the point.

She went to a court-appointed hospital in Beijing earlier this week for an expert examination of her face as part of a landmark civil case she filed against reporters who insisted that she had had plastic surgery to improve her appearance.

Well, as far as we are concerned, the results won’t count unless she agrees to a public inspection in Hong Kong.

Plastic surgery is as common as changing one’s shoes nowadays, and it’s not just movie stars and fashion models who are undergoing the procedure.

Anyone who is vain enough and has the cash to back it up has as much right to seek medical help to improve their appearance. 

Botox, rhinoplasty, endoscopic surgery, breast augmentation — whatever they want they can have.

So there’s no need to go to those quack surgeons who turn certain hotel rooms in Hung Hom or Tsim Sha Tsui into clinics to fulfill one’s dream of having an angelic face.

We’ve got the best practitioners of the trade in Hong Kong, and they’re legit.

So we think HKSH is doing a great service to our local tai tais by offering its services in the field of enhancing their fading charm and bolstering their sagging self-image.

After all, we’ve got a long history when it comes to beauty enhancement and skin care. Some traditional ways of removing blackheads and scars are found in old Chinese medicine textbooks that date back 1,500 years to the Tang dynasty.

Hong Kong, by the way, hosted last year the fourth congress of the World Association for Plastic Surgeons of Chinese Descent, which was co-organized by the Hong Kong Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons and the Hong Kong Association of Cosmetic Surgery.

At the moment, we can’t find a price list for specific services that HKSH will be offering at its plastic and reconstructive center, except for a Botox injection, which ranges from HK$9,600 to HK$97,500.

That reminds me of a story I heard from a rich and retired acquaintance about a famous private hospital in the city.

He said the hospital had a tradition of hiring former medical school professors and giving them nice titles for their work, which chiefly consisted of calling up friends and inviting them for a health check-up.

My friend was one of them, and almost 99 percent of the time the results of the examination indicated some minor health problems which could be fixed easily — for some hefty fees.

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