Plastic surgery is prevalent in Chinese culture. But actress, Gao Liu found out the hard way that it can go horribly wrong, and shares images of her botched nose job.
Rising star, Gao Liu, has appeared in movies and television series in the past few years. But, the Chinese actress has been flying under the radar recently, without an explanation.
That is until the startling revelation she posted on the popular social media platform, Sena Weibo. It turns out, a botched cosmetic surgery on her nose turned necrotic, leaving the tissue on the tip to die.
Liu told her followers that "The entire procedure lasted four hours. I thought that in these four hours, I would be made more beautiful. I didn't expect these four hours to be the beginning of a nightmare."
She was told by her doctor that she'd be able to work by December or January following the procedure, but that wasn't what happened. Instead, she says, her nose felt "irritated and tingly". Shortly afterwards, it got infected and "The skin on the tip of my nose… became darker and darker, and my nose became necrotic."
Her trip to the hospital for a checkup ended being a two-month stay. The extent of the damage means that she cannot have reconstructive surgery for at least a year.
Her extended hospital visit also meant that Liu lost out on work that would have bagged her around 400,000 yuan ($61,800; £45,200).
The plastic surgery scene in China has been on the rise in recent years. According to an article in the South China Morning Post, 20 million people underwent cosmetic procedures in 2018, with two-thirds of them under 30. Unbelievably, "one in five were post-millennials, under the age of 21".
They went on to say "that many high-school graduates chose to 'go under the knife before starting university, believing it will improve their chances at work and in love'".
The Global Times news site tells us that in 2019 "the number of unqualified plastic surgery clinics exceeded 60,000… six times that of regular clinics." This goes a long way to explaining Liu's necrotic nose.