A Chinese actress has warned about the dangers of cosmetic surgery by sharing pictures of her damaged nose after a procedure went wrong.
Gao Liu is a singer and actress who has starred in multiple films and TV programmes, and has been seen as something of a rising star. But she has fallen out of the limelight in recent months.
Posting on the popular social media platform Sina Weibo, she explained her months-long absence was due to a “cosmetic surgical incident”, which has left her with necrosis of the nose, meaning the tissue at its tip has died.
Ms Gao shared images with her five million followers, igniting discussions about cosmetic surgery, which is extremely popular in China.
She said that in October a friend of hers introduced her to a plastic surgeon at a clinic in the southern city of Guangzhou.
“The entire procedure lasted four hours. I thought that in these four hours, I would be made more beautiful,” she told her followers.
“I didn’t expect these four hours to be the beginning of a nightmare.”
She said that following the procedure, her nose felt “irritated and tingly” and then became repeatedly infected, even though she was told she would be able to go back to work by December or January.
“The skin on the tip of my nose… became darker and darker, and my nose became necrotic,” she said, adding that she had thoughts of suicide.
Ms Gao said she ended up being hospitalised for two months and has lost 400,000 yuan ($61,800; £45,200) in work.