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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

Plastic surgeons are picking lucrative private practice, professor says

Young plastic surgeons are turning their backs on those suffering terrible burns or skin conditions for the lucrative world of private beauty treatment, a leading surgeon says.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:15am

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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