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So­cial me­dia boost­ing busi­ness for cos­metic sur­geons as fans want to look like their idols on In­sta­gram

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Shoshana Ke­dem @B_Shosh

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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