Hi doctor, can you make me look like J-Lo?
Social media boosting business for cosmetic surgeons as fans want to look like their idols on Instagram
More and more young women are heading to plastic surgeons with Instagram pictures of their favourite celebrities and insisting on going under the knife to get their look.
Experts at the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Conference in Dubai yesterday spoke of the rise in demand from millennials with a desire for curves like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez.
Bottoms, tummies, lips, and noses – it seems nothing is off limits for the UAE’s image-conscious.
Bottom fillers costing about Dhs30,000 are one of the procedures attracting increased interest, though nose jobs, breast augmentation, post-natal and weight loss surgery remain the most common.
Industry experts estimate $500 million dollars per year is spent on plastic surgery in the UAE and another $500 million on the likes of botox and lip fillers.
Conference chair Dr Michael Salivaras, a plastic surgeon at Clinica Joelle in Jumeirah, said: “Everybody comes with their picture from Instagram and Snapchat, they like to look like the big stars and actresses, the Kardashian-style procedures. “Lately there is a big trend for big butts. They want to look like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez (left), so they come with the pictures. It’s very common in the past two years, buttock reshaping.” But Salivaras said the new wave of clients have unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved and he has to point out many of the social media posts have been enhanced.
Salivaras said: “The problem is that they don’t consider that most of these pictures are Photoshopped. “How can anybody have such perfect, smooth, silky skin? It’s impossible, do you know anyone who has this type of skin? Nobody.” The conference took place on the sidelines of the International Medical Travel Exhibition & Conference at Dubai World Trade Centre. Another leading surgeon with clinics in UAE and Saudi Arabia said regional social media stars are the biggest influence on GCC nationals, while international celebrities are popular among westerners. Dr Jamal Jomah, a consultant plastic surgeon at Med Art Clinics, said: “The social media celebrities like the ones on Snapchat and Instagram are more influential than the other media. “The local population are more influenced by the local snapchat influencers than by the international stars. “The most popular procedure is contouring, lip enhancements, pouty lips, fish lips and the trend in the Gulf region is for big lips and bigger chins, or a pointed triangular face. “The other thing they look for is the ‘Nefertiti jaw’ where you shape the jaw like Nefertiti,” an Ancient Egyptian Queen with a slender face and renowned for her beauty.” The most popular surgical procedure in Dubai remains the nosejob, followed by face and neck lifts.
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