For many university students, the summer holidays are a time to go under the knife for microsurgery. Girls who have been refused sales jobs for having a “square face” spend in excess of NT$10,000 for botulinum toxin, or botox, treatment to get a more pointed, V-shaped face. Others want a job as a show girl, so they get botox to get skinnier legs.
It is normal for university students to get summer jobs, but Chou Chun-hsu, a cosmetic surgeon, has discovered that in July alone, almost 10 percent of patients getting cosmetic microsurgery at his clinic were university students. That is more than usual, and while many people use the long holiday to improve on their looks, some do it to improve their chances at getting a job. Chou says one female 18-year-old university student’s “square face” was giving her sleepless nights and had prevented her from getting a summer job as a wine salesperson. The employer said her face was too big but he might reconsider if she had cosmetic surgery. To his surprise, the girl got cosmetic microsurgery in the hope that it would change her face from square to a V-shape. After getting botox treatment, she was delighted to get the job selling wine.
A female university student who wanted to be a showgirl asked Chou to think of a way to help. Chou says that although the girl’s calves were a bit thicker than other parts, her legs were prettier than many other people’s legs. The girl insisted that she wanted them to be “a bit skinnier” and although she was told that the cost of the botox treatment would be between NT$30,000 and NT$40,000, she still chose to get the treatment.
Chou says other requests for cosmetic microsurgery by female university students include getting rid of plump cheeks and laugh wrinkles. Although the cost varies from several thousand to tens of thousands of NT dollars, many come bringing the money with them, ready to “invest in themselves.”
Chou stresses that prices for hyaluronic acid or botox vary vastly between cosmetic surgery clinics, and he urges consumers to not only compare prices as they choose, but to also ask detailed questions about how big each shot is and the rate of dilution, because these things will affect the result. Before getting treatment, customers should also check the label for legally imported products and whether or not they have been opened and used before to guarantee safe use.
(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY PERRY SVENSSON)
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