A plastic surgery clinic that lured rich mainland women to Hong Kong with luxury tour packages offering “professional” cosmetic procedures, shirtless boy-toys and cruise ships turned out to be a complete fraud. Women who joined the trips dropped thousands to millions of yuan on services offered by fake agencies and unqualified doctors, it was recently revealed.
According to CNR News, the plastic surgeon’s clinic had been organizing charity parties across China for half a year, and promoted itself with popular Hong Kong TV stars, muscular hunks and international anti-aging “experts”.
Female celebrities, wives of government officials and high-salary professionals were invited to join the parties and were accompanied by handsome men who walked them along the red carpet into the venue.
During the parties, the plastic surgery firm marketed its five-day-four-night “luxury” Hong Kong tour, dubbed “Luxury Hong Kong Age Reverse Journey” (奢华香港逆时之旅). The package costed 38,000 yuan per person, but those who joined would be treated to three complimentary Hyaluronic acid injections.
On the first day of the tour, participants stayed at a five-star hotel, and the next day attended a medical talk.
At night, they went on a cruise along the Victoria Harbour and enjoyed drinks, music and stripteases by muscular men.
On the morning of the third day, the hotel rooms were turned into surgical operation rooms, where women received jabs of Botox, Hyaluronic acid and hormone injections. Some even underwent more invasive procedures such as rhinoplasty.
Most of the surgeons were mainlanders, some of whom posed as certified Hong Kong doctors and used illicit drugs.
The “experts” constantly persuaded the women to purchase more treatment packages, warning that they would age even faster otherwise. Each hormone injection costed 130,000 yuan and one live cell injection costed 6,480,000 yuan. One woman was even talked into purchasing a treatment package worth three million yuan.
The cosmetic surgery clinic, which claimed to have been established in Hong Kong in 2005, had been organizing the tour since September last year. Every month, the clinic held at least eight tours, each consisting of 30 participants, and earned almost nine million yuan in tour fees per month.
By Joyce Ng
[Images via Sina News & CNR News]