An increasing number of young people in China are choosing to have plastic surgery to improve theirappearances and start new lives

Students go under the knife in search for betterjobs

Updated: 2013-10-02 00:48

By He Na ( China Daily)An increasing number of young people are choosing to have plastic surgery to improve theirappearances and start new lives.

The cosmetic surgery centers in South Korea are bustling with Chinese patients, especiallyduring summer and winter holidays.

Figures from one of the centers in South Korea show that in 2012 some 25 percent of itsChinese customers were college students. They traveled to South Korea to go under the knife,aiming to improve their self-confidence and secure better job offers.

Among these patients, surgery on the eyes and nose was the most popular, while an operationto reshape the face, including reconfiguring the jawbone and liposuction, was also popular, thestatistics show.

Zou Jiahong, 22, a college student in Qingdao, Shandong province, is one of about 7 millionChinese college students who will graduate next year. “I have attended dozens of interviewsbefore. Although they may not say it openly, employers will tend to pick the prettier applicant,”she said.

With the support of her parents, Zou, flew to South Korea for plastic surgery on her jawboneand eyelids a month ago.

The surgery was successful and pleasing to Zou, who is tall and slim.

“Even my father said I am changing from an ugly duckling into a pretty swan. I believe even aslight difference in appearance may have a direct influence on my chances of getting betteropportunities,” she said.

Appearance matters, but one expert voiced concern. “Job-hunting is not a beauty contest.Talent and working ability still remain the most important factors,” said Wang Kaiyu, a sociologyresearcher with Anhui Academy of Social Sciences.

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