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A 34-year-old woman from Kuala Lumpur has been left scarred after undergoing a procedure to have gold threads sewn into her face in July.
The reason? To look "hot and happening".
The woman named Chin was under pressure to look as attractive as her fellow students at a "beauty academy" in Batu Pahat and was told that she needed to look beautiful if she wanted to work as a beautician.
After going for the procedure, parts of her face became numb and scarred and the gold threads came out around her cheek and eyebrow, reports The Star.
She shared what she went through at a press conference at MCA Public Services and Complaints Department on Oct 6.
"I feel cheated. I wanted to look younger but instead I am suffering," she said.
Although a cream was applied to her face to numb it before the procedure was carried out, the effect wore off soon after and she felt "unbearable pain".
She spent RM20,000 ($6,441) on the beauty course and the procedure at the so-called "academy".
She had gotten to know about it through an online friend.
Part of the course syllabus involved practicing double eyelid surgery on chicken thighs.
Chin has since undergone psychiatric treatment after experiencing trauma from the incident as considering taking legal action against the "beauty academy" after her demand for a refund was rejected.
The MCA Public Services and Complaints Department has received 16 complaints of botched cosmetic procedures and surgeries in the last two years.
Its chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong said: "There is nothing wrong with beauty procedures but it must be done by qualified people. I am worried that there might be more victims."