Whopping $1 billion a year spent on cosmetic surgery, procedures in the Gulf
A recent study has found that close to 4 billion UAE dirhams a year (more than $1 billion) has been spent on cosmetic surgeries and procedures in Gulf countries, of which about one billion dirhams is spent in the UAE alone.
The study is set to be discussed at the International Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery conference in Dubai at the end of February.
It will be attended by 250 plastic surgeons from 23 Arab, European and Asian countries and the United States.
Sixty percent of the cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in the Gulf are liposuction and the tightening of the abdomen and arm, particularly after stomach-shrinking surgeries which are also prevalent in the region.
Botox, fillers and laser procedures make up 30 percent of total cosmetic operations, 75 percent of which are for women.
The two-day conference will discuss the latest developments in cosmetic surgery, particularly: breast implants, underarm surgery, facelifts, liposuction, and genital beautification after accidents.