Students at Beijing Jinghan Medical Cosmetology Training Centre are offered a four-day cosmetic surgery course at 7,800 RMB with promises they could earn up to 100,000 RMB per month. Little did they know that the unlicensed clinic was a scam, and they were pretty much just being used as guinea pigs by their classmates and teachers.
A two-month investigation by Xinjing News revealed many disturbing secrets at the clinic. One student told Beijing reporters she had to seek emergency hospital treatment for an infection after a teacher injected her nose with hyaluronic acid, used in anti-ageing products, as a lip-filler and in eye surgery. Many more have complained about botched practice procedures in the training centre.
The students who were practicing upon one another had no medical experience. Most of the students who enrolled were women in their 20s and the school organised classes with around 20 students, totaling is 156,000 RMB per four-day class.
The company had actually moved in January after being evicted from its old location due to unpaid rent. Now the surgery is being investigated by the Beijing East District Trade and Commerce Bureau.
Some of the staff told undercover reporters that they planned on switching to other fake clinics, where they can have at least 40 students per class.
Xinhua reports that the cosmetic surgery industry in the PRC has a tarnished reputation and most who claim to be experienced surgeons actually don’t even have an undergraduate degree. Shanghaiist reported another instance in Shanghai this July of a patient who commited suicide because of a botched procedure by an unlicensed doctor.
by Daniel Cunningham