For Zhang Wei, a 22-year old company clerk from Hubei province, the need to have a beautiful face and body far outweighs the pain. Ms Zhang, who beat hundreds of other applicants to receive free cosmetic surgery offered by a Shenzhen hospital, will go under the knife next month to have her face, skin, breasts and other parts of her body transformed. She was chosen from 1,089 applicants by the Shenzhen Sun Hospital in a promotion campaign for its cosmetic surgery procedures. Twenty years ago, mere use of lipstick was condemned as bourgeois vanity on the mainland, but today cosmetic surgery is evolving into a multibillion-yuan business and a lucrative market that every hospital wants to share. Ms Zhang, who will undergo 10 operations in the next six months, believes a beautiful face can help her gain confidence and advance her career. 'Like everybody else, when I saw the advertisement I immediately decided to give it a try, because it's free,' said Ms Zhang, whose childhood dream was to be a film star. Hundreds of women from cities across the country, including Hong Kong, applied for the free cosmetic makeover after the advertisements appeared. Hospital director Wang Hairu said the promotion would cost between 300,000 and 500,000 yuan. 'Today, the cosmetic surgery market is dominated by French, South Korean and Japanese companies. We want to use this occasion to showcase our capability and challenge these companies,' he said Deputy director Zhou Xiaotian admitted the operations involved risks and said the hospital had bought insurance for Ms Zhang. 'Of course, it involves risks. It could lead to infection, bleeding, damage to the nervous system and even deformation,' he warned. But he said the hospital had qualified specialists and modern equipment. Ms Zhang said she had given little thought to the potential danger. 'I put my trust in the hospital. My only worry is my family may not recognise me after the operations.'