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China: Bigger eyes, better job

By Valerie Benguiat     Feb 18, 2013 in Lifestyle
Plastic surgery has become a common practice –and a profitable business- in China. High beauty standards and appearance woes aren’t exclusive of Western societies.
While American beauties go more for liposuction and breast implants, their Asian counterparts have been favoring a more subtle transformation.
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), double eyelid surgery is one of the most frequent plastic surgery procedures performed in China. Its objective is to open more the naturally small and elongated Asian eyes. This 30 minute road to an idyllic makeover is a simple, low risk surgery if done in legal facilities with certified physicians. The surgery creates an extra crease into the eyelid, allowing it to retract more when opening the eyes. The eyes, then, appear more “Western”.
A particular demographic that is going for these makeovers is young women who are in college or university. The beautifying process is sponsored by the parents, who approve the means to a very defined end.
"Parents want their daughters to be beautiful so they'll have an easier time finding a job or a husband," Beijing-based plastic surgeon Ding Xiaobang told the news source. "They'll often bring the child to get surgery the summer before college or even high school."
For those that can’t or don’t want to undergo surgery, there’s a ready-made solution, if they want to have bigger eyes for that special night out. In small convenience stores it’s possible to find a special eyelid glue. It is applied on the eyelid and then the skin is creased over it, creating the illusion of a double eyelid.
The eyelid glue isn’t very efficient and has to be reapplied every couple of hours, it can be messy and can ooze into the eye. A safer and more comfortable variant is called eyelid tape or crease tape. This is a fibrous elastic strip that is shaped to be placed on the eyelid. The tape creates a crease that stays on the eyelid.
Be it through surgery or through the cunning use of glue and putty, Asian women feel that bigger, rounder eyes are beautiful. Do they land them better jobs or better husbands? That question is entirely another kettle of fish.
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