Many women had already become victims of the surgeries. The
first one, N, 25, from District 5, HCM City, said she got cosmetic
surgery at a beauty salon on Nguyen Duy Cuong street, HCM City. The
cost of the surgery was VND12mil (US$750). The salon injected 20cc of a
kind of liquid into each breast. After three days, her breasts
swelled and caused her serious pain.
The second victim was K, 25, from District 4, HCM City. K had
cosmetic surgery at another beauty salon. The first time, she also
ordered 20cc of the liquid for each breast. K then returned to the
salon two more times and had even more of the solution injected. Like
N, K experienced serious pain and swelling after that. She had to go to
Cho Ray Hospital for treatment.
Dr Le Hanh, head of the Cosmetic Surgery Department at Cho
Ray, recalled that recently she had received a group of five young
women who were all victims of cosmetic surgeries.
As Dr Hanh said that each of the victims had got at least one
injection in her nose, lips, chin or hand. They did not know what the
solution they received was. After a few days, all of them suffered
pain. Skin around the injection area was swollen, black or
And not only women; men are also victims of cosmetic surgeries.
of cosmetic surgeries have been frequently covered by the media. Most
of the accidents happen at private beauty salons, which have not
obtained permission to perform cosmetic surgery.
In the last six months, Cho Ray Hospital has continuously
received cosmetic surgery victims, most of whom had been injected with
"strange liquid medicine." Surprisingly, those victims all entrusted
themselves to the beauty salon because of expensive cost. The more
expensive the cost, the more legitimate the procedure seems to
According to Hong, a staff of a beauty salon on Nguyen Cu
Trinh street, District 1, HCM City, the cost for a surgery to absorb
grease is VND10mil (US$625). As the staff further related, a breast
augmentation surgery goes for about US$2,500. The costs of minor
operations on lips, eyes or noses can reach VND2,8mil (US$175).
According to A.V., a go-between for those seeking cosmetic
surgeries in District 1, the costs at beauty salons "depend on the
prestige and condition of the salon and of its doctor." A.V. is regular
partner of five such salons.
K, one of A.V.'s customers, said she had to run from an illegal salon. "I did not dare risk having surgery there."
Cosmetic surgeries are even done at hair salons, or even done
by mobile "surgeons," who bring tools and travel around the city. C, a
recent victim, was killed by a mobile surgeon.
According to the HCM City Health Department, it monitors
beauty salons frequently, but it is very difficult to control illegal
and risky cosmetic surgeries.
Cho Ray Hospital's Dr Le Hanh warned: "People must not use
liquid silicon for cosmetic surgeries. Instead, they should use other
solutions as Collag�ne, or polyarcylamid gel. It is safe and durable.
However, the solution is quite expensive. Customers should take advice
from doctors before undergoing surgeries."