Date
12 December 2018
Breast implant samples are stored in a consultation room in a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul. Chinese women have been flocking to South Korea in large numbers in recent years for cosmetic surgery. Photo: Bloomberg
Breast implant samples are stored in a consultation room in a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul. Chinese women have been flocking to South Korea in large numbers in recent years for cosmetic surgery. Photo: Bloomberg

Natural vs surgical: The big divide

To the topics that seemingly throw up a sharp divide between people across the “two systems”, we can now add this: citizens’ attitude toward, and openness to, medical beauty services.

According to a new survey, most Hongkongers have a dim view of cosmetic surgery treatments, with the people largely preferring the natural look.

In the poll from dating agency HK Romance Dating, 90 percent of Hongkongers said they would likely turn down any request from their partners for plastic surgery to enhance the looks.

Some 70 percent of Hong Kong men and over 60 percent of local women would not accept their partner going under the knife, as per the findings announced on Sunday, when people celebrated the so-called Singles’ Day.

In the survey conducted among dating couples, HongKongers said they hated bone reduction and breast enlargement surgery in particular.

Now, this stands in stark contrast to mainland China, where there has been a big boom in plastic surgery in recent years.

According to a recent white paper on the China medical beauty market, an estimated 20 million mainlanders have undergone cosmetic surgery. The market is estimated to be worth 224.5 billion yuan this year, up 27 percent from the level in 2017, according to SoYoung, an internet portal which conducts a survey every five years.

Among the consumers of medical beauty products in the mainland, 64 percent are said to be from the post-90s generation, followed by millennials, at 19 percent, according to SoYoung.

Using big data, the survey also broke down different cosmetic surgery choices by people living in various big Chinese cities. For example, Beijing people were most positive about cosmetic surgery in South Korea.

Meanwhile, people in the southern Guangdong province showed a marked preference for breast surgery. 

Now, this last fact cannot but make us wonder as to the prospects for cross-border marriages within the Greater Bay Area. 

Given the seeming distaste for breast augmentation in Hong Kong, and the obviously different attitude among residents in the neighboring Chinese province, will we see reduced hookups between the peoples going forward?

Just one of those stray thoughts that crossed my mind over the weekend! 

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RC

EJ Insight writer

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