Many women undergo plastic surgeries secretly

Updated 07 May 2015
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Many women undergo plastic surgeries secretly

Many Saudi women are having plastic surgeries behind their husbands’ or relatives’ backs fearing their disapproval.
Recent statistics by the Ministry of Health revealed that 14,412 Saudi women had facelift surgeries. Riyadh topped the list with 8,504 surgeries, and Jeddah came in second with 3,384.
Contrary to global figures which put breast surgery as the most preferred type of surgery, body contouring surgery was listed as the most sought-after in the Kingdom. The Health Ministry warned Saudi women against undergoing surgeries by non-specialists, or abroad, where doctors usually care more about money than patients’ interests. Doctors advise patients to undergo such surgery in Saudi Arabia as they want to maintain a good reputation.
Psychologist Salwa Owain, from Salwa Clinics Consulting, said that there are several reasons women seek cosmetic procedures including a lack of self-confidence over the way they look; because of a birth defect; or they feel a need to imitate others without a real need for surgery.
Owain warned against keeping these procedures secret from family members, especially husbands, because this might cause problems in the future if the husband felt that his wife was hiding things from him.
Dr. Ayman Helmi, plastic surgery consultant, and deputy head of the plastic surgery department at the military hospital in Riyadh, said that he refuses to perform cosmetic procedures for any woman, even if it is simple, without her husband’s knowledge. He added that some women just try to imitate others by having these surgeries.
Shiekh Ali Al-Malki said a husband needs to know this issue about his wife. He urged women to take their husband’s permission before the surgery, especially if the goal is to fix a birth defect hoping to look better for their husbands. However, he doesn’t consider minor and simple changes a problem if a woman doesn’t share them with husband or family.
Dr. Ala Atallah, a dermatology and beauty consultant at a specialized center, said cosmetic procedures and skin care in Saudi Arabia increased by 50 percent during the past three years, adding that more than 40 percent of Saudi women visit beauty centers.
Dr. Ahmed bin Bader Al-Otaibi, a consultant in dermatology and plastic surgery, said that women between 28 and 37 are the ones who go for cosmetic surgery the most.
Cosmetic surgery consultant Dr. Murei Al-Qahtani explained that more Saudis seek contouring surgery because of multiple births, followed by nose jobs, saying that there are no local accurate statistics.
Regarding patient satisfaction on the outcome of the process, Al-Qahtani said that surgeries that include incorporating materials into the body, such as silicon and face fillers, usually have less patient satisfaction than other procedures, especially as they can have side effects such as long-term infection, especially when performed by nonspecialists. The doctor said he deals on a daily basis with patients who come to have materials removed after surgeries conducted abroad because these materials could cause permanent damage, he told Arab News.


Saudi Crown Prince meets Chinese vice premier

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Saudi Crown Prince meets Chinese vice premier

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng at the Great Hall of the People on Friday before attending a China-Saudi cooperation forum. 
The forum was followed by a ceremony to sign agreements including those on petroleum, the chemical industry, investment, renewable energy and anti-terrorism.
Saudi Arabia is one of China's top crude oil suppliers and an important market for its exports. Mohammed bin Salman is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping later on Friday.
The Crown Prince's visit is the third leg of his Asia tour, which has taken him to India and Pakistan.