Cos­metic ob­ses­sion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Muna Al-Fuzai muna@kuwait­

Plas­tic surg­eries have boomed in re­cent years, and nowa­days many men and women go to cos­metic clin­ics and pay a for­tune to look younger and pret­tier - but it is not al­ways a fairy­tale. Some have lost their lives or ended up with per­ma­nent de­for­ma­tions. Yet, some peo­ple still take the risk with th­ese costly op­er­a­tions with hope that even­tu­ally they will look gor­geous with­out as­cer­tain­ing about the rep­u­ta­tion of the doc­tor and their qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ef­fi­ciency, or even their own need for the process.

An in­ci­dent oc­curred in Kuwait this year and caused much de­bate. A woman went to a doc­tor for a li­po­suc­tion to re­move ex­ces­sive fat from her body. But she was not aware that the oper­a­tion would be filmed and shown to the pub­lic via so­cial me­dia with semi-nude pic­tures of her. The doc­tor posted the video on his Face­book ac­count while he was do­ing the li­po­suc­tion, while the woman ap­peared al­most naked. The doc­tor tried to jus­tify his act as a way to show his skills and daz­zling achieve­ments.

The Min­istry of Health took a de­ci­sion to suspend the doc­tor from prac­tic­ing his job for six months, which means that he will suf­fer from fi­nan­cial loss for not be­ing able to con­duct op­er­a­tions through­out this pe­riod. His rep­u­ta­tion in the so­ci­ety is also dam­aged for not be­ing hon­est or trustworthy, which is im­por­tant for any doc­tor.

It is note­wor­thy that Health Min­is­ter Dr Ja­mal AlHarbi has called on the de­part­ment of med­i­cal li­censes at the min­istry to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent due to its vi­o­la­tion of the pa­tient’s pri­vacy and ig­nor­ing the stan­dards of the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion. The Min­istry of In­te­rior, through its elec­tronic crimes de­part­ment, also filed a le­gal com­plaint against the doc­tor for vi­o­lat­ing reg­u­la­tions and laws and pub­lish­ing semi-naked im­ages on so­cial me­dia.

This is­sue is now over and the doc­tor has to ac­cept the re­sults. But, the prob­lem is with the ob­ses­sion with plas­tic surg­eries glob­ally and not just here, and this is scary for the fu­ture. A re­port was re­cently pub­lished on the most pop­u­lar cos­metic op­er­a­tions in 2017, and breast lift­ing and tight­en­ing came first on the list. The num­ber of cos­metic op­er­a­tions in the United States and Bri­tain rose 4 per­cent com­pared to last year. The facelift is also one of the top five op­er­a­tions on the list af­ter breast lift­ing, fol­lowed by li­po­suc­tion and nose and eye­lid lifts.

I am not against cos­metic surgery, but it should only be used to rec­tify a de­for­mity or as a so­lu­tion to a health prob­lem. I am not con­vinced that the re­duc­tion or en­large­ment of the breasts is nec­es­sary, for ex­am­ple. The in­creas­ing num­ber of slim­ming op­er­a­tions means that peo­ple will not be in­ter­ested in ex­er­cis­ing and healthy eat­ing, be­cause cos­metic surg­eries and li­po­suc­tions are easy ways out - but they aren’t. Many peo­ple do not think about the pos­si­bil­ity of med­i­cal er­rors and the ex­pen­sive costs of th­ese pro­ce­dures. They could pay with their lives if they go to the wrong doc­tor.

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