Quest for bigger breasts ruins bodies
By Wang Shanshan (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-05-18 07:17
A curvaceous body is becoming the benchmark for beauty in China and many
women are paying big bucks to attain that dream figure.
But up to 300,000 may have paid too high a price. The dream of beauty is in
ruins; and worse, their health might have been irreparably damaged.
A woman shows a doctor's report on the
condition of her breasts, which were left an unequal size after a
breast-enlarging operation. [China Daily]
The women went through a popular operation to inject a colloidal liquid named
Ao Mei Ding which translates as "man-made fat" into their breasts for
Many are in such agony that they can hardly sleep; and some have had the
harrowing experience of having their breasts removed to save their lives.
Even the more fortunate ones are not quite so because remnants of the liquid
will stay in other parts of the body throughout their lives, causing pain and
The liquid was made by Fu Hua Pharmaceutical Co Ltd in Northeast China's
The company is a subsidiary of Shenzhen-based Fu Hua Group, which also owns
three hospitals in Shanghai, Shenzhen of South China's Guangdong Province, and
Changchun, capital of Jilin.
On April 30, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), which had
approved use of the liquid on a trial basis in 1999 and its production in 2000,
reversed its decision and banned it, saying: "It continuously caused negative
effects and consumer complaints, and the administration's monitoring centre
believes its safety cannot be guaranteed."
Before the ban, Ao Mei Ding had been a very popular breast-enlarging
injection used in many small and medium-sized hospitals and beauty salons in the
According to the Chinese-language Beijing Times, Ao Mei Ding received
approval for trial use before it was tested on animals as regulations require.
No further information on that issue was available.