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By: Becky Foster
Created on 19th May 2011
A recent article in theNew York Times online suggests that China, economic powerhouse of the world, is now making its impact felt in the world of cosmetic surgery. According to statistics published by the Health Ministry cosmetic procedures (including surgery) are now ranked in fourth place as the most popular thing that the Chinese choose to spend their income on.
The International Society of Plastic Surgery suggested in 2009 that China ranked third in the world for countries getting the most procedures done, following only the USA and Brazil, although no official figures exist. China's vice health minister Ma Xiaowei estimates that the number of procedures getting done every year is doubling.
The most popular procedure undergone is supposedly one to make the eyes appear larger by adding a crease to the eyelid which forms what is known as a double eyelid. Following this, the second most popular procedure in China is said to be one that raises the bridge of the nose so it appears more prominent. While some the most popular procedures in the West (UK and USA) are all related to anti-ageing (face lifts and dermal fillers, for example) this is not the case in China as 40 percent of the patients that undergo cosmetic surgery are in their 20s.