Plastic surgery, already commonplace in mainland China and many other countries, is fast gaining popularity in Hong Kong as well.
There is an increasing number of teenagers who are seeking plastic surgery or reconstructive operations, especially during the summer holiday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Dr. Gordon Ma, a surgeon at the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Centre of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, said the most popular treatments are double eyelid surgery, liposuction and breast augmentation.
Ma said there are a few key life stages when people consider undergoing plastic surgery.
The first batch consists of secondary school graduates who usually seek double eyelid surgery or nasal augmentation for an improved appearance before they enter the university.
When they reach the age when they have to go out dating or look for jobs, they start entertaining the idea of undergoing liposuction or breast augmentation to boost their confidence.
And for middle-aged people, the most popular are eye bag surgery, drooping eyelid surgery, face lifting and wrinkle treatment.
The private hospital does about 50 plastic surgeries every year, most of which during summer.
Patients in the 17-18 age bracket seek “micro-plastic surgeries” such as double eyelid surgery, mole removal or nasal augmentation. Its youngest patient was 16.
Dr. Ma advised his patients never to undergo plastic surgery just to please others. They should first understand themselves and their own needs before considering the procedure.
He recalled meeting a mother who had taken her underage daughter to the center for a double eyelid surgery.
But he advised her against it because the surgery would have an unnatural effect on the patient, and therefore have an undesirable result, as she was still developing into a young lady.
Besides, he doubted if the young girl really wanted the surgery herself.
Dr. Vincent Kwan Kin-hung, also from Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, said micro-plastic surgeries are less complex procedures with shorter recovery period required.
But he stressed that all medical procedures carry risks.
Patients should be kept well informed of the risks and the procedures should only performed by registered doctors or plastic surgery specialists at hospitals or certified medical centers.
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