Why is buying a new face becoming a trend?It can be easy to forget that the Chinese medical aesthetics industry barely existed 20 years ago. While the popularity of Korean pop culture has been soaring in China, Chinese people’s attitudes towards self-image has also been influenced by South Korea, where cosmetic surgery has become a part of daily life. In the early 2010s, more and more Chinese tourists were traveling to South Korea for aesthetics procedures. This hype peaked in 2016 when China’s beauty treatment and surgery sector entered a rapid development phase.
In fact, many Chinese young people deem having an attractive face as a crucial advantage in the workplace, which could bring them economic benefits. The obsession with celebrity culture and the booming influencer marketing has further reinforced such a belief. In 2016, the term “internet celebrity face” became the top buzz word, which refers to a “standard face” one should have to gain fame and fortune online. The facial features include big eyes, double eyelids, a high nose bridge, a pointy chin, and fair skin. Additionally, the growing affluence in the country has made Chinese consumers more generous in terms of self-indulgence. All this has propelled the popularity of medical aesthetics in China.