Lisa Ling with two patients
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Ten years ago, cosmetic surgery was also banned in China, but today, it's a multibillion-dollar industry.

Lisa took cameras inside Shanghai's Ninth People's Hospital, one of the largest in the nation, to meet men and women waiting to get nipped and tucked. In the plastic surgery waiting area, she meets a college student and a woman in her 60s. Both women are there for the same procedure—eyelid reshaping surgery.

"They both walked in, met their surgeon for the first time and, in just two hours, were on operating tables," Lisa says.

Every year, thousands of people request this popular procedure, which reshapes the smaller Asian eyelid into a larger, more Western shape. Dr. Sun Baoshan, a Chinese plastic surgeon, says he's seen a dramatic increase in patients over the past few years.

"Four years ago, we had only 30,000 surgeries per year here, but last year we had 40,000 cosmetic surgeries at this hospital alone," Dr. Sun Baoshan says. "This year, it will be 50,000."
FROM: Beauty Around the World with Jessica Simpson
Published on March 03, 2010

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