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.

Saturday, 5 January, 2013, 4:06am

Beauty industry in crisis in Hong Kong

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Generations of women have tried to defy the ageing process.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

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.

11 Oct 2012 - 4:09pm

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.

11 Oct 2012 - 4:22pm

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