By Wen Hua
Cosmetic surgical procedure in China has grown speedily in recent times of dramatic social transition. dealing with fierce pageant in all spheres of lifestyle, an increasing number of girls think of plastic surgery as an funding to realize "beauty capital" to extend possibilities for social and occupation success.
Building on wealthy ethnographic facts, this publication offers the views of girls who've passed through plastic surgery, illuminating the aspirations at the back of their offerings. Wen Hua explores how turbulent fiscal, sociocultural, and political adjustments in China because the Eighties have produced giant anxiousness that's skilled either mentally and corporeally. This publication will attract readers who're drawn to gender stories, China reports, anthropology and sociology of the physique, and cultural studies.
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These surgeons used paraffin and ivory as the implant for the augmentation of breasts and nose. One common complication of these surgeries was granuloma caused by the injection of paraffin. I fixed some of these cases in the 1950s. Scientific cosmetic surgery also emerged in China at that time, but developed very slowly. In the 1930s, some overseas-trained general surgeons at Beijing’s PUMC and Medical College of St. John’s University, Shanghai, occasionally performed minor aesthetic surgeries including double-eyelid blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty and the repair of cleft lip.
Introduction 21 3000 2781 2500 2284 2000 1588 1500 1000 1430 953 792 500 3 0 Year 1998 12 1999 2000 162 294 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Figure 1 The number of hits for the key word “cosmetic surgery” in WiseSearch (1998–2007) TV Stations. Information gathered from these sources appears at points throughout this book. Organization of the Book The chapters that follow are divided into different thematic sections. Each section consists of two chapters. The first section outlines the historical and cultural background of cosmetic surgery in China.
In 1934, Ni published his first academic article on cleft lip surgery in an English professional medical journal, The Chinese Medical Journal (Wang W. 2007: 50; Kong 2000: 138; see also Ni 1934: 373). Two pivotal figures in the development of Chinese plastic surgery were Dr. Song Ruyao and Dr. Zhang Disheng (Ti-sheng Chang). From the 1920s to the 1940s, the continuous conflicts and wars among Chinese warlords, between the Kuomintang and Communist Party, and between China and Japan fueled the need for plastic surgery in China.