China's booming plastic surgery market fuels a shadow industry

One reason for the prevalence of illegal clinics is the country's obsession with beauty fads. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - Xiaoran felt that she was fat and wanted bigger breasts.

The 33-year-old influencer in Zhejiang province in eastern China, who had 130,000 followers on microblogging platform Weibo, opted for plastic surgery, but died from multiple organ failures two months after undergoing the procedures to remove fat from her waist and belly as well as to enlarge her breasts.

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