Published on November 28, 2011 by Olivia Dingley


Women in Saudi Arabia are increasingly turning to cosmetic surgery, one of the country’s leading plastic surgeons has said.

In an interview with The Saudi Gazette, Dr Ayman Farhat, a consultant plastic surgeon working in Saudi Arabia, said: “The most common beauty procedures that Saudi women are scheduling are liposuction, plastic surgery on the nose, Botox injections and fillers, and hair removal by laser. Men also seek treatment, mainly for plastic surgery and reshaping of the nose, hair implants, and liposuction.”

According to recent statistics, 18 per cent of Saudi Arabian women aged between 20 and 30 years old have had plastic surgery, with that figure rising to 25 per cent among those aged between 37 and 50, and 40 per cent among women aged between 30 and 37.

Dr Farhat believes this is due to a combination of increased awareness of the latest beauty procedures, and that women are increasingly concerned about their looks. According to the Gazette, there are 400 beauty clinics operating in Jeddah alone.

When it comes to nose reshaping surgery, Dr Farhat says ethics play a big part in his decision on whether to treat a patient or not.

“As a physician, I have to take all factors into consideration. For example, with nose correction surgery, I must carefully examine the size of the face, the angles, and the size of all the features to end up with uniform and acceptable results,” he said.


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