Women find cosmetic surgery helps retain husbands’ interest

Updated 14 December 2015

Women find cosmetic surgery helps retain husbands’ interest

JEDDAH: The popularity of cosmetic surgery for women in the Kingdom has increased dramatically over the last few years.
This surgery acts as a form of assimilation and making women feel empowered since it represents an exclusionary beauty norm.
Confessing to the surgery, a Saudi woman, Sadia, said: “At 38 years of age, I have the face and body I deserve. Earlier, my upper arms were massive and fleshy, bearing no resemblance to the physique I had in my twenties. Cosmetic surgery helped in restoring my gym-honed figure and addressed the body confidence issues that were lost in me more so than exercise or therapy.”
Moreover, an inspiring factor that causes most women to have cosmetic surgery and a willingness to go under the knife is marital problem. The pressure to look good has raised the demand for cosmetic surgery and other related medical procedures. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Sarah H said that the reason most women between the ages 30 and 65 are drawn toward plastic surgery is to get a new and younger look. “People here are well informed about plastic surgery. It’s amazing that they come to us well researched on all kinds of surgeries and the latest technique from the Internet,” she said.
A Saudi woman, who did not wish to be identified in order to preserve her privacy, recently sought cosmetic surgery to restore her youthful look in order to retain the interest of her husband, after she learned that he was marrying a younger and more beautiful girl than her. She underwent five to six surgeries, including a facelift, Botox and nose correction surgery to look younger.
“After having children and being busy with household chores, a woman automatically stops caring about herself. I was so busy with everything that I forgot the way I looked and when my husband started to find me unattractive, I felt depressed, and to restore my beauty, cosmetic surgery was the option,” she said.
Several other women mentioned that the reason to undergo a surgery is to address body confidence issues rather than therapy. “They come to us with emotional and physical pain. We sometimes play psychologists for depressed patients who seek surgery to distract themselves or to please their husbands,” said Dr. Diana, a plastic surgery consultant.
She added that it is important that the patients are ready to go under the knife rather than rushing themselves into plastic surgery as it might sometimes disappoint someone who is looking for a more drastic change.
According to an Arabic daily, Saudis spend about SR826 million on plastic surgery and there has been a 7 percent increase in the number of cosmetic surgeries in 2014 compared to 2012.


Saudi health authorities ready to join trials of COVID-19 vaccines

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health is working with a different Chinese company to evaluate whether the vaccine it is developing is effective. (REUTERS)
Updated 22 September 2020

Saudi health authorities ready to join trials of COVID-19 vaccines

  • Ministry of Health and King Abdullah International Medical Research Center have been working with two Chinese drug companies

JEDDAH: King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC) in Saudi Arabia is preparing to take part in advanced trials of one or two COVID-19 vaccines.

About 40 potential vaccines are being tested on humans, nine of which are at the advanced stage of clinical trials to evaluate their safety and effectiveness in protecting people against a virus that has infected more than 31 million people around the world.

The center confirmed its readiness to cooperate with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) and participate in tests of one or two of the nine vaccines that are in the third phase of clinical trials, during which large-scale testing on humans takes place.

Dr. Naif Al-Harbi, the head of KAIMRC’s drug-development unit, told Al-Ekhbariya TV news channel that it is unprecedented to have nine vaccines in stage three of clinical trials so soon, less than a year, after the emergence of a new virus.

“Approval or disapproval of any drug normally follows the third stage of its clinical trials, which is the last stage,” he added. “Since the pandemic, KAIMRC has been in continuous contact with a number of drug companies in four countries (that are developing vaccines).”

KAIMRC has been working with one Chinese pharmaceutical company in particular to help evaluate and accelerate the development of its vaccine, he said.

“Over the past two months, we have been in contact with Sinovac to scientifically evaluate its product, in term of the tests on animals and a study of the results of stages one and two on humans,” Al-Harbi said.

He added that the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health is working with a different Chinese company to evaluate whether the vaccine it is developing is effective. A number of factors are taken into consideration when reaching a conclusion.

“We examine the drugs and make sure they have caused no side effects when tested on humans, or that they just caused insignificant side effects,” said Al-Harbi. “We also look into the manufacturing company’s profile to ensure it follows the standards of the good manufacturing practices, and that the company’s products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.”

He added that SFDA is also doing a great job in ensuring that vaccines are safe, to avoid any risks to the health of people in the Kingdom.

In a message posted on Twitter, KAIMRC said that some countries, such as Russia, China and the UAE, have given doctors the green light to use some vaccines on patients before that have been approved, but only in emergency cases and when the results of early clinical studies indicate that the vaccine is safe.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia announced 27 additional COVID-19-related deaths. The death toll in the country now stands at 4,512.

Meanwhile, 492 new cases have been confirmed in the Kingdom, bringing the total number of people infected by the virus to 330,246. Of those, 14,235 cases remain active and 1,133 patients are in a critical condition.

The Ministry of Health said Makkah recorded the highest number of new cases, with 58, followed by Jeddah with 53, and Madinah with 38.

A further 1,060 people in the Kingdom have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 311,499. A total of 6,093,601 tests for the virus have been carries out in the country, including 43,652 in the past 24 hours.