Many women undergo plastic surgeries secretly

Updated 07 May 2015

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 Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

Updated 20 January 2020

Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

  • The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields
  • The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture has launched a website for applications from students who wish to join the Culture Scholarship Program. From Sunday, applications can be made at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/scholarships on three tracks: Self-financed students, pre-accepted students and the new students. The website features the application forms, benefits and general conditions for each track, as well as a list of relevant educational institutions.
The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields from the world’s most prominent educational institutions.
The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts (drawing, sculpture, art theory, calligraphy, art history, photography and cinematography) filmmaking, literature and linguistics, archaeology, culinary arts, design, architecture and libraries and museums.
The program offers several advantages for both self-financed students and pre-accepted students. Scholarships cover all tuition fees, financial support, living expenses, health care and return flights to the scholarship’s location for both the student and their companion.
Students in these two tracks are offered guidance and assessment programs to check their academic development during the program, as well as getting support in other aspects needed for their advancement. After their graduation, students in these two tracks can also join training programs abroad for a maximum of two years.
The program offers several advantages to new students who have not yet received acceptance. The program helps them to get the qualifications they need to be accepted by universities by offering assistance in overcoming obstacles such as language proficiency and interpersonal skills.
The program supports the students by organizing training workshops to develop their talents and skills. It introduces them to specialized experts in the field related to their scholarships. The program saves students time and effort and supports them throughout the whole registration process, by helping them write their resumes and complete their portfolios professionally.
The scholarship program is an educational first in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a Ministry of Culture initiative to develop national cadres specialized in cultural and arts fields so as to develop the sector and meet the increasing requirements of the labor market.