Men in China go under the knife to boost life chances

By Leo Ramirez and Qian Ye

Worried his appearance would detract from opportunities in China’s competitive society, Xia Shurong decided to go under the surgeon’s knife to reshape his nose — one of millions of young men in the country turning to cosmetic surgery.

This picture taken on July 15, 2021 shows a doctor marking scientific researcher Xia Shurong’s face before getting plastic surgery at a clinic in Beijing. Photo: Wang Zhao/AFP.

The 27-year-old researcher wanted medical procedures to transform his look from “engineering geek” to something he thinks will boost his life chances.


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