Cosmetic care in Hong Kong bears little resemblance to that found throughout mainland China.
While officially a "Chinese Special Administration Region," Hong Kong is unusually self-contained with its own economy, society, democracy, languages, mind set, and even flag.
A major global financial center, Hong Kong is also home to a population said to have the highest per capita rate of plastic surgery in Asia, not that all of it is performed within the confines of the city.
Inhabitants do partake of local services but not uncommonly frequent Japan for its perceived higher quality and Korea for its innovation and value.
Today, there are over 40 plastic and reconstructive
surgeons practicing in Hong Kong, about half of whom are in private practice, a very small number compared to, for instance, Seoul, which is home to nearly 1,500.
More similar to American and Japanese surgeons known for superb training, attention to detail, and high prices, Hong Kong's plastic surgeons cater more to the city's large affluent population than medical tourists out searching for a bargain.