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Cool Down the Craze
China saw over 3.4 million plastic surgeries from 2009 to 2010, among which 1.8 million are surgical operations. But compared with other countries with developed plastic surgery industries, China has lax supervision on the industry
Costs of Face Consciousness

China ranked third in the world in the number of cosmetic procedures performed in 2010. However, some beauty seekers find themselves having to live with results which can be a long way from their fantasies. China's plastic surgery market remains under-regulated and many patients make hasty decisions or choose risky options, which can be life-threatening

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Face Forward
As China's first facial transplant patient is recovering, debate on the ethics of such a surgery continues
Saving Faces?
Since French surgeons have conducted the world's first face grafting operation, their Chinese counterparts have been in a competitive mood
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Facts and Figures

- In 2010, the revenue of China's plastic surgery industry reached 300 billion yuan ($47.6 billion) and more than 20 million people worked for this industry, which had a projected annual growth rate of more than 40 percent.

- In 2010, China ranked third in the world in terms of the number of cosmetic procedures performed, after the United States and Brazil.

- In 2010, a total of 588,880 surgical cosmetic procedures and 1.265 million non-surgical cosmetic procedures were performed in China.

- In 2010, the five most common surgical cosmetic procedures in China were lipoplasty, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation and abdominoplasty. Meanwhile, the five most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures were botox dysport, hyaluronic acid injection, laser hair removal, autologous fat injection and intense pulsed light laser treatment.

- The China Consumers' Association received an average of 20,000 complaints related to cosmetic procedures annually over the last decade.

(Sources: CNR and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)

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