Beauty Treatment

Beauty centre customers carry on despite risks

Posters of beauty centres in Hong Kong. Photo: Jonathan Wong

While beauty centres have seen clients stay away in droves since the death of a patient in October, thousands of Hong Kong women still pay for beauty treatments - despite the risks.

Friday, 8 May, 2015, 10:02am

Beauty industry in crisis in Hong Kong

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Generations of women have tried to defy the ageing process.

8 May 2015 - 10:02am

Mystery woman tells of beauty treatment injection ordeal

Therapy 'victim'

A woman revealed yesterday how a beauty centre botched her HK$50,000 "health" treatment by taking a medical procedure into its own hands.

Wearing a mask and sunglasses to hide her identity, she told a Democratic Party press conference she was talked into buying the therapy, which involved injecting human placenta extract into her body, two years ago.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

How to make beauty last

Beauty centre advertisements are ubiquitous here in Hong Kong.

One of the things I feel most fortunate about is the fact that I have never been the "pretty girl". I've been a lot of other things - "spunky", "funny", "gutsy", and "something else" (a term coined for people like me, not pretty but not entirely ugly, either, therefore literally something else).

31 Oct 2012 - 2:40am 1 comment

Rare superbug found in sick woman who had 'anti-cancer' blood therapy

A rare but highly dangerous superbug was found in one of the four women who fell critically ill after receiving blood transfusion therapy at a DR beauty centre, health officials said yesterday.

8 May 2015 - 10:02am

Beauty clinics boss says there is no evidence transfusion treatment works

Dr Stephen Chow, founder of the DR beauty company, meets the media. Photo: Edward Wong

As three women lay critically ill after paying HK$50,000 for "anti-cancer" blood transfusion therapy, the founder of the DR beauty company that carried out the treatment, Dr Stephen Chow Heung-wing, admitted there was no evidence it worked.

The fourth woman to fall ill following the therapy is in stable condition and has been revealed as Chow's elder sister.

8 May 2015 - 10:02am

Three women critically ill after beauty treatment

Authorities have begun an investigation into a Causeway Bay beauty centre after three women who received similar kinds of treatment there fell critically ill with septic shock and were taken into intensive care.

5 Oct 2012 - 3:26am