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Plastic surgery 'on rise among men' in Bahrain.

MORE men than women were having nose jobs in Bahrain last year, according to an expert.

Meanwhile, a survey by four prominent clinics has found the number of men turning to cosmetic plastic surgery in Bahrain was significantly higher than global averages.

In addition to nose jobs, typical procedures sought by men included liposuction, fillers, Botox and eyelid lifts.

The survey revealed men accounted for 15 per cent of all plastic surgery patients in Bahrain last year.

That compares with just 8pc in the US in 2016, according to latest figures released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

"The percentage of men coming to our clinics is around 15 per cent, but this percentage internationally is considered to be large," Bahraini plastic surgeon Dr Shaheed Fadhul, who owns his own clinic, told the GDN.

"That means that there's more awareness among both men and women to seek plastic surgeons.

"Men are seeking most of the procedures, such as liposuction, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), filler and Botox.

"The number is increasing because of many reasons, such as more awareness about the importance of plastic surgery."

Dr Fadhul, who initiated the survey, said body contouring and liposuction were the most common surgeries for both men and women in his clinic last year.

He added the age of people going under the knife was dropping, with some patients as young as 20 showing up.

"When we talk about anti-ageing surgeries, usually patients come after their 40s or 50s," he said.

"But we are getting younger and younger people because when you start young, you will get better results."

One reason given for rising demand among men was the availability of skilled plastic surgeons in Bahrain, as well as media exposure that allows potential patients to see the results on high-profile people who undergo surgery.

Another was the development in technology and surgical techniques, which allows for more advanced operational procedures and smoother recovery - with some patients discharged within a day.

As a result more than half of all patients who had a cosmetic nose job at one clinic in Bahrain last year were male.

"Sixty per cent were men and 40pc were women," said Dr Talal Al Sindi, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) consultant and head and neck surgeon at the Dr Ebrahim Al Sindi ENT Centre.

"There is definitely an increased interest from men compared to many years ago, but the uptake for cosmetic surgery for the nose has increased in both sexes in general."

He said most nasal surgery carried out, around 70pc, was for purely functional reasons due to issues such as breathing problems.

Another 15pc involved patients who required cosmetic surgery as part of their functional procedure, while 15pc were simply for aesthetic purposes.

However, he stressed that going under the knife was not always a solution for people hoping to improve their appearance - saying in some cases the problem was more psychological than physical.

"There's a lot of crossover between aesthetic nasal surgery and some other psychological entity called body dysmorphia, where patients have a skewed perception of their own physique," he said.

"Surgery is not the treatment for those people.

"What they need is psychological support from doctors, from us and their families for them to change their perception about themselves.

"An operation might fix the hump, but it might not make them more sought after."

In fact, he revealed 30pc to 40pc of patients seeking a cosmetic nose job displayed symptoms of this condition.

Dr Al Sindi blamed social media and celebrity worship for factors contributing to the disorder, adding the large number of celebrities having plastic surgery was driving down the threshold for going under the knife.

He added any stigmas that were once attached to having a cosmetic procedure were largely gone.

"There's a taboo attached to it, but that taboo is certainly going - if not completely gone at this stage," he said.

"People have no issues telling you directly what cosmetic operation they've had, or for what reason.

"It's fair game given there's realistic expectations of what's surgically achievable in view of the current situation."

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Mar 4, 2018
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