Thursday, January 31, 2008

Signs of the times: Extreme facelift

Men are increasingly opting for plastic surgery to look and feel better.
In UAE alone, about 5,000 men have gone under the plastic surgeon’s scalpel since 2005.

Nose reshaping, hair implantation and liposuction are the most popular surgeries among men.

Male Vanity, as they called it, men are conscious about being presentable and opting for aesthetic procedures is no longer looked down on.

Social attitudes towards plastic surgery have changed and improved techniques have lessened the risks and side effects.

The most common plastic surgeries in the Middle East are:

Gastric band - A form of restrictive weight loss surgery designed for obese patients. Cost ranges from SR12,000-20,000 (P130,000-220,000)

Hair transplant Involves transplanting bald-resistant hair follicles from the back and sides of the head to a person’s bald or thinning area. Cost ranges from SR10,000-16,000 (P110,000-176,000)

Nose reshaping (Rhinoplasty) Certain bone and cartilage are moved, added or rearranged to provide a newly-shaped structure. Cost ranges from SR12,000-16,000 (P130,000-176,000)

Bat ears (Otoplasty) Ear surgery is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. Cost ranges from SR10,000-14,000 (P110,000-154,000)

Eyelids (Blepharoplasty) Reshaping the upper eyelid or lower eyelid by the removal or repositioning of excess tissue as well as by reinforcement of surrounding muscles and tendons. Cost ranges from SR10,000-16,000 (110,00-176,000)

Barber shops are offering Facial services for only SR50.00 (P550.00) but for some fancy salon, the cost ranges from SR100-500.00 (P1,100-5,500).

Dr. John Cenica, president of Plastic Surgeons in the Philippines, is iin Saudi Arabia for a ten-day visit. Hopefully, I maybe able to meet him during his presscon and who knows, he might be interested to break into the cosmetic demands of most Arab people. For appointment, you may call Evelyn Lugo at 0560683457.

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