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Cosmetic procedures, revisions boom in China

Shanghai — Thousands of young Chinese women — and an increasing number of men — are choosing to have eyelid reconstruction, nasal-bridge augmentation or breast enlargements to improve their chances of landing better jobs, finding a mate or both, reports.

Young people in Chinese cities such as Shanghai grow up exposed to advertising posters and billboards picturing attractive men and women with Western features. even reports that in a Shanghai shop that sells Barbie dolls, clerks say Caucasian-looking Barbies sell well, but those with Asian features “just sit on the shelves.”

Surgeons at Shanghai Generation cosmetic surgery hospital alone perform about 40,000 procedures a year, according to the report.

The downside of the boom, however, is the risk. Industry reports say that over the past decade in China, more than 200,000 lawsuits have been filed for disfiguration after faulty cosmetic procedures, many of which take place in small clinics. reports that many procedures done at New Generation are correctional operations after surgeries gone wrong.

Los Angeles — The good news from a recently completed study is that using triple combination (TC) cream daily for 12 weeks reduces melasma severity enough for treatment to be cut to twice weekly.

Dublin — A leading cosmetic surgeon here says Ireland’s cosmetic surgery industry is in urgent need of regulation, the Independent reports.

Paris — France’s largest pharmaceutical firm is eyeing the acquisition of a major U.S. company, reports.

London — Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but many here think it has gone too far.