Xiaolian had undergone more than 10 injections across multiple visits to the clinic to make her face more plump.
She finally achieved the look she wanted and thought life was going to be blissful moving forward.
Which was not to be.
In 2009, she noticed her face began to swell and changed shape.
By 2013, her face became completely disfigured with her face becoming severely swollen, eye dropping and hair falling off, with her face looking like a woman in her 50s (Do remember that she is only in her late 20s).
After testing what went wrong doctors found out that she had been injected with a banned substance called hydrophilic polyacrylamide gel (PAAG).
Xiaolian is now having corrective surgery at a reputable plastic surgery clinic in Guangzhou, but doctors have warned that the effects of the botched surgery may be difficult to reverse as the banned substance had been in her for too long.
Xiaolian’s doctors have also warned that even for a relatively minor procedure, it is of paramount importance to choose a reputable, trustworthy and licensed clinic/doctor.