Plastic Surgery

Risky double-jaw surgery South Korea's latest cosmetic fad

A woman passes a billboard in Seoul advertising double-jaw surgery for cosmetic purposes. "Everyone but you has done it," some of the posters claim. Photo: AFP

South Korea's obsession with plastic surgery is moving on from standard eye and nose jobs to embrace a radical surgical procedure that requires months of often painful recovery. A stream of celebrities boast on TV shows how it gave them a "new life", while advertisements extolling its cosmetic benefits are everywhere from street billboards to subway stations, magazines and popular internet sites.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 2:44am 1 comment

Korean plastic surgeon shares his views on industry regulations

Dr John Yu demonstrates radio frequency treatment. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

As the debate over how to regulate the beauty industry rages on in Hong Kong, a top plastic surgeon from South Korea was recently invited by Chinese University's faculty of medicine to share his experiences on industry regulations with local doctors.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:59pm 1 comment

North Korea angrily denies that Kim Jong-un has had plastic surgery

'No surgery for Kim Jong-un to look like grandfather.' Photo: AFP

North Korea has responded to persistent rumours that leader Kim Jong-un had plastic surgery to look like his revered grandfather, issuing an angry denial against "sordid" media reports.

Speculation that Kim's resemblance to the country's founding leader, Kim Il-sung, is not 100 per cent natural has been around for some time, though with little or no supporting evidence.

25 Jan 2013 - 2:59am

Ban minors from plastic surgery, lawmakers say

Guangzhou wants to ban minors from having cosmetic surgery under draft rules aimed at curbing the nation's growing obsession with going under the knife.

The rules have been drawn up as concerns grow about the dangers of plastic surgery in a country where three million people have operations each year to change their appearances, according to state media.

25 Oct 2012 - 3:48am

Beauty treatments can come with side effects

Walter King says doctors should minimise the side effects. Photo: Ricky Chung

A good doctor will always assess a patient's health for any conditions that might put the patient at a higher risk during an aesthetic procedure, says Dr Walter King Wing-keung. For example, patients taking blood thinners may be at higher risk for any injection therapy or laser treatment and may have more bruising and swelling.

23 Oct 2012 - 9:21am

Botox can help reverse crossed eyes says Chinese University academic

Botox is associated with those seeking beauty, but an academic says it has important medical benefits too. Besides smoothing out wrinkles, Botox can treat strabismus, or crossed eyes.

9 Oct 2012 - 3:18am

Beauty fix: CACI Intensive Lift

Interior of the Mandarin Salon

The Mandarin Salon launches a new machine-led facial on Monday, the CACI Intensive Lift. This promises to tackle signs of ageing, both on the surface and under it.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:32pm

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13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Beauty fix

Botox has a bad rap from frozen-faced celebrities who have overused it or combined it with bad plastic surgery. It is also by definition, a powerful neurotoxin. Regardless, usage has steadily risen and it is now one of the most-performed cosmetic procedures.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hypoxi body shaping

If you subscribe to the 'no pain, no gain' school of toning and weight loss, then look away. On the other hand, if you believe in maximum results with minimum, measured effort, you might find kindred spirits in the folks at Hypoxi.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Enzyme peel facial

The Peninsula Spa by ESPA is a grand affair. The marbled lobby branches off in every direction into quiet corridors offering every imaginable form of human beautification and maintenance. The sweetly scented air is filled with the sounds of trickling water and ethereal music.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Heading for a fall

Stress can have devastating effects on your physical and emotional health, from weight fluctuations and mood swings, to insomnia, anxiety disorders and an increased susceptibility to colds. If you're under severe stress, you may also experience significant hair loss, also known as telogen effluvium.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Facial by machine

Comments such as 'Wah, you gained weight', 'Still not married?', 'You're not getting any younger' and 'You're not a spring chicken any more' have been increasing in frequency when I visit the family. Having no desire to get hitched just yet nor become Hong Kong's answer to Mr Motivator, I've decided instead to address the irreversible process of ageing.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'Body sculpting' gains converts

Once, the only way to remove stubborn fat and cellulite, other than by dietary methods or exercise, was by undergoing liposuction surgery - a bit scary for some but usually a safe and effective treatment.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Restoring their looks

Most people associate plastic surgery with glamour. They see it as trickery designed to hide one's flaws while enhancing one's looks. But that's hardly the whole story: an important part of corrective procedures is reconstructive surgery.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am