Plastic surgery claims the life of 'Super Girl'-Wang Bei
Plastic surgery is becoming popular among youths to improve looks. This obsession with beauty has claimed life of an aspiring pop singer in China, according to local media outlet reports.
Plastic surgery is becoming popular among youths to improve looks. This obsession with beauty has claimed life of an aspiring pop singer 'Super Girl' in China, according to local media outlet reports.
The death of the 24-year-old Chinese pop singer has raised concerns about the growing beautification trend that sees millions go under the knife in the country each year.
Plastic surgery takes life of singer 'Super Girl'
Wang Bei, a former contestant on 'Super Girl,' China’s answer to American Idol, died on Nov. 15 as a result of complications from anesthesia during plastic surgery, according to Chinese news website Xinhua.com.
The girl died during “facial bone-grinding surgery” in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.
Wang, whose beauty had already made her a popular contestant on the smash hit 'Super Girl,' was undergoing the procedure at the Zhong Ao Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, when the “anaesthetic accident” occurred, according to Xinhua, citing the local health bureau.
The word is that the pretty young singer’s jaw suddenly started bleeding during the procedure, blocking her windpipe and causing her to suffocate.
Died of heart problem?
While, the health bureau of Wuhan's Jiang'an district claimed the singer has died during a facial bone-grinding surgery, Wang's attending surgeon, Wang Liangming, said the surgery was successful and the girl died of an unexpected heart problem two hours after the surgery, says a report in Saturday’s Yangtze Evening News.
Wang’s mother was taking the same cosmetic surgery to narrow her lower jawbone at the clinic when her daughter died. She is currently recovering in Zhong'ao Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, a legal medical facility administered by the health bureau of Jiang'an District. The word is that the pretty young singer’s jaw suddenly started bleeding during the procedure, blocking her windpipe and causing her to suffocate.
The funeral of Wang was held in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, on Sunday.
Demand for plastic surgery growing rapidly
Wang's death has triggered concerns about the dangers of plastic surgery in China, where the demand for the procedure is surging so high even untrained doctors are carrying out operations there.
Wang, whose beauty had made her a popular contestant on 'Super Girl,' even felt she needed to improve her looks. This underlines the extent to which cosmetic surgery has influenced people in the country.
An estimated 3 million people in China go under the knife each year to improve their appearances.
Probe is on
Her death has prompted the Chinese Ministry of Health to step up supervision over the medical cosmetology industry.
The ministry has asked the provincial health department to verify the facts and "to make the results of the investigation public as soon as possible".
"The Ministry of Health has tasked the Hubei health department to investigate and verify the situation... and to announce results of the probe to the public without delay," the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.
A special team has already been sent by the health authorities of Hubei province and Wuhan city to the Zhong'ao Cosmetic Surgery Hospital for further investigation.
China is increasingly fixated with beauty as the country grows more prosperous and its people become more conscious about looking good at any cost. In the larger cities, cosmetic surgery has become the norm as more women – and some, but relatively few, men – go under the knife.
Just a few years ago, a correspondent witnessed a plastic surgery operation – an eye tuck – take place in the seat beside him at the hairdressing salon, carried out by a man who was clearly not a doctor. But the wave of plastic surgery disasters in recent years has led to a much more regulated industry.
According to data from the Chinese Association of Plastic and Aesthetics, there were 200,000 people working in the plastic surgery industry, which produces an annual income of £1.5bn. But it needs to be done in the right way.
One association official, who asked not to be named, said: "The whole industry is growing and we are trying to lead a healthy trend. Accidents happen in all kinds of surgery, and Wang Bei's case is just an accident, it doesn't mean the whole plastic surgery market in China is in danger or something. Based on the work of our association, we can see positive development in recent years. And now the government supports the healthy management and this effort will help this industry a lot."
He said that once an injection is involved, or a laser treatment, it's a medical procedure, and should only be done in a hospital.