While the general stereotype regarding plastic surgery is that it’s for the wealthy and the vain, a Chinese teen owes a chance at a normal life to the knife of a surgeon.
Xiao Feng is a Chinese teen suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, which causes people suffering from it to age prematurely. The procedure, handled by Shenyang Sunline Plastic Surgery Hospital early January 2020, gives the girl a chance to live a normal life, and will get better plastic surgeon reviews for the hospital.
The genetic disease usually affects the entire body, but Xiao Feng was lucky; according to the Daily Mail, the condition didn’t affect her organs, only her skin. The young girl had been dealing with getting bullied every day due to her elderly appearance.
Initially, the 15-year-old teen’s Heishan County family couldn’t afford the surgery, but Xiao Feng made a plea to a philanthropist to help get her in touch with surgeons that received good plastic surgeon reviews, and kickstart a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of her procedure, which cost 500,000 yen (about $97,000).
Xiao Feng wrote to the Deputy Chairman of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, Guo Mingyi, saying that she’s only 15, but she looks 60, and how much she wants to look like a high school student, like her age.
Her father, Wang Honde, told local news outlets that he first noticed his daughter’s conditions around the age of one, when the skin on her body started sagging. He notes that it led to her getting mistaken as the parents of kids in primary school, as well as led to people talking about her a lot.
As a result, Xiao Feng quit her studies after middle school, staying home in order to avoid seeing people.
The procedure to give her a more normal appearance happened early in December, taking seven-and-a-half hours, and required the expertise of ten surgeons, and three anesthesiologists, as well as the assistance of five nurses. The experts removed the excess skin from the girl’s face, then worked on reshaping her nose, mouth, and eyebrows.
Xiao Feng was moved to tears after seeing herself in the mirror following the procedure.