Dubai – The New Global Hotspot for Plastic Surgery

Dubai is world’s new plastic surgery hotspot, says a CNN report. The desert city has usurped Lebanon’s position and there are three times more plastic surgeons in Dubai today than there was in 2006, according to the report. Here are some interesting points about this new plastic surgery hub:

  • Fewer of the city’s residents are flying to the U.S. Brazil or Lebanon for a nip-and-tuck
  • According to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), medical tourists made up 8.7% of total health sector revenue in 2012 and many were seeking cosmetic procedures
  • The founder of a leading Dubai plastic surgery consultancy expects the city’s healthcare market to grow 11.4% in two years

One surgeon reported that his waiting room is full from 7 am until midnight!

According to the Emirates Plastic Surgery Society:

  • The UAE has 56 plastic surgeons per one million of the population.
  • The top plastic surgery procedures for women in the UAE are liposuction, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, facial rejuvenation, and abdominoplasty.
  • The top plastic surgery procedures for men in the UAE are breast reduction, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, facial rejuvenation, and abdominoplasty
  • 15% of plastic surgery patients in the UAE are 22 and younger
  • 15% of plastic surgery procedures performed in the UAE are for men

Dubai is among the most multicultural cities in the world with about 200 diverse nationalities, which could have contributed to making it the world’s new plastic surgery hub. The latest statistics also show that like in other countries, it’s not just women who are going in for cosmetic procedures – teenagers and men are part of the crowd too.

Globally, the United States leads with the most number of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures. One good thing about people in the Western countries, says an expert, is that they usually go in for plastic surgery only as a last resort when options such as diet and exercise prove futile, which is the right thing to do. However, the case is different in the UAE where a person may think of liposuction whenever fat gain is noticed. This could lead to multiple treatments, which is very risky. While having plastic surgery can improve self-esteem and self-confidence, plastic surgeons need to focus on dissuading people from overindulging in these treatments.