Rush to Pak for a boob-job!
A large number of well educated British born Pakistani women in their 20s are combining their annual visits to their relatives in their ancestral homeland along with a trip to the plastic surgeon for cut-price, nick and tuck operations.Updated: Jan 24, 2006 18:30 IST
A large number of well educated British born Pakistani women in their 20s are combining their annual visits to their relatives in their ancestral homeland along with a trip to the plastic surgeon for cut-price, nick and tuck operations.
Hundreds of Pakistani Britons are booking cheap plastic surgery in their ancestral homeland, with nose jobs, tummy tucks, liposuction and breast enlargements occupying prominence among those who favour Western features at a fraction of the cost they may have to pay in the UK.
Dr Abdul Hameed, president of the Pakistani Association of Plastic Surgeons, said the trend for cosmetic surgery began about four years ago when doctors noticed "waves of British clients" coming during the summer and winter holiday seasons.
He said that about 400 women were visiting the country for cosmetic surgery every year, the majority of the clients being middle class professional women. As many as 250 women from Britain underwent liposuction treatment and tummy tucks every year, with Britons comprising about a fifth of the country's rhinoplasty patients, he added.
Generally the women take a week to seven days out of their time in Pakistan to pay a visit to Islamabad, Karachi or Lahore, where most of the country's 70 registered plastic surgeons are based, he said.
"These women are mostly educated, with 70 per cent who work and earn independently. Only this week, a woman from Maida Vale in west London came to me for a nose job. She was in Pakistan for attending a marriage ceremony. The women know that the waiting lists for good cosmetic surgery in London is maybe three months long. In Pakistan, there is no waiting list. We do them whenever we get them," The Independent quoted him as saying.
Ambarina Hasan, the health and beauty editor of Asian Woman and Asian Bride magazines said that the rising trend could be as well linked to a career-oriented lifestyle with a higher level of disposable income.
The fact that Bollywood actresses, the icons of beauty on the sub-continent, were increasingly becoming more like sex symbols in the West, was also an important factor behind this rising trend.
"They are getting fairer with lighter eyes. There has always been a hankering after the Western ideals of beauty. There have been creams for lightening skins and plastic surgery is taking it one step further," she said.
Medical professionals have however expressed concerns over the growing trend.
"I would be confident about Pakistani surgeons who have been trained in the UK or have strong connections with training programmes here as being competent. But if you are going abroad to have surgery, there is a danger," said David Sharpe, a professor of plastic surgery, Bradford University.
“One in 10 cases of nose reshaping and one in five cases of liposuction require additional work for up to six months, such as an adjustment to the tip of a nose. The patients would need to go back to the surgeon and this work would normally be carried out for free, as it would be part of the package," Prof. Sharpe added.
Dr Hameed also said that though most British patients were aware of the potential dangers of picking the wrong surgeon for the job, there was still a need for them to do a good research before booking an appointment.
First Published: Jan 24, 2006 18:30 IST