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.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.