Cosmetic surgery popularity rises in UAE
13 September 2011The United Arab Emirates has seen a huge increase in the popularity of plastic surgery procedures sought by its citizens a change that many people attribute to a rise in obesity levels. Procedures such as liposuction and male breast reduction are particularly in demand as people aim to fight the flab. Experts blame factors such as diets containing high levels of saturated fat and carbohydrates; and, perhaps less expectedly, sleeping less than seven hours a night. "Liposuction tops the list of the popular cosmetic procedures compared to female breast operations and nose operations, which are among the most sought after add hyphen surgeries," said Dr B Venkata Ratnam, a plastic surgeon at New Medical Centre Specialty Hospital in Abu Dhabi, quoted in The Gulf Today. Dr Ratnum specialises in gynaecomastia, the enlargement of male breasts, which he said affects 10 per cent of the male population of Abu Dhabi. "[As a result of gynaecomastia], their psychological development is marred," he said. "No exercise or medicine can cure enlarged breasts. They need to be removed by a surgical operation."