A banker has died after having a botox in Hong Kong on Monday.
The South China Morning Post reported today that 52 year-old Zoe Cheung Shuk-ling, a managing director at Swiss private bank Julius Baer, died after collapsing in the clinic, seemingly following an injection.
“We have sent our deepest condolences to her family. With due respect, we will not comment further,” said a spokeswoman for Julius Baer.
Finews Asia suggested Cheung died of "excessive botox injections" after reportedly receiving 16 separate injections in the jaw, chin and above the eyebrows. Cheung is understood to have been asthmatic and it's thought possible the injections could have contributed to breathing difficulties.
Male and female bankers globally have a history of botox use. Five years ago, Dr. Andrew Douglas, a facial aesthetics doctor based in Harley Street, told us he had treated 40-50 men in finance the previous year, while Stafford Broumand, a surgeon based on Park Avenue in Manhattan, told us he'd treated 100. "People tell me that they need to have something done just to keep their jobs," said Douglas at the time.
Last year, Dr Frances Prenna Jones, a medical dermatologist based in Mayfair, told the Evening Standard that male bankers often have botox on their jawlines ("I inject into the platysmal bands, which run down the neck. This adds lift and definition to the chin."). David Jack, an aesthetic doctor on Harley Street, told the Evening Standard that bankers often celebrate their bonuses with, "a bit of facial rejuvenation," and that a big bonus means City employees will often have, "a bigger tweak than usual."
Botox is usually a safe procedure and there is no indication that any of the doctors named in this article would administer it unsafely. However, Cheung's experience may mean some bankers think carefully before having multiple injections if their bonuses are big this year.
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