Chinese women spend more than double the amount on plastic surgery each month compared to other women around the world, according to an Allergan report based on a survey by Insight Engineers.
The survey suggests that Chinese women spend about $85 per month on beauty which is more than twice the global average. It is slightly higher than what women in South Korea spend, which is the second largest group in the list.
According to Wang Danru, a plastic surgeon from No. 9 People’s Hospital which is affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, there is a heightened interest in surgical procedures among Chinese women. Chinese women’s obsession with cosmetic surgery stems from wanting to look prettier, which might explain why plastic surgery patients are younger in China compared to other countries.
According to AsiaOne, the survey also showed that 74% of the Chinese female respondents link beauty directly to facial features, the highest percentage compared to other surveyed countries.
The biggest beauty concerns for Chinese women are flabby skin and crow’s feet – the wrinkles and creases at the corner of the eye.
“I would say Chinese patients are the most dramatic,” said Woffles Wu, a prominent plastic surgeon in Singapore.
Wu said that last year, the number of patients he welcomed from China was in the single digits, but now he receives around 30 to 40 Chinese clients each month.
“Some patients come with no financial limit and just want to achieve the best possible results they can. They are willing to fly back and forth again and again,” Wu mentioned
China Daily reported that Chinese women’s quest to seeking beauty has generated more than $56 billion in the aesthetics medicine market back in 2015. The Chinese Association of Plastics and Aesthetics projected the number to increase by 20% each year.
The survey interviewed around 7,700 women from 16 different countries between the ages of 16 to 65-years-old.
China becomes the third largest market in cosmetic surgery after Brazil and the United States.