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Iraq Plastic Surgery on the Rise

Cosmetic Surgery Is on the Rise in Iraq

While the world has been focused on the elections in Iraq, a new trend has quietly emerged: cosmetic surgery is on the rise in Baghdad. While plastic surgeons in Iraq have already been helping patients who were disfigured by the war, these days an increasing number of them are seeing patients for rhinoplasty, Botox, and other cosmetic procedures.

Many doctors who left the country for years out of fear that they might be kidnapped or otherwise harmed are also returning, increasing the availability of cosmetic procedures. Still, the overall business trend is only in its infancy. The Washington Post reports that fewer than six cosmetic surgeons operate in Iraq, and patients often must provide their own materials. If you want a boob job, you'll need to import the silicone yourself. Or if you want Botox, you'll need to pick it up at the pharmacy.

It seems that a march toward stability also means the return of some of the more extreme ways people pursue beauty ideals. Does it surprise you that some Iraqis are going the extreme-makeover route?

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Allytta Allytta 5 years
betty LOL, tha's true :) plastic surgery has been available in US for so long.
Allytta Allytta 5 years
betty LOL, tha's true :) plastic surgery has been available in US for so long.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Most plastic surgeries per capita:# 1 Switzerland: 214.621 per 100,000 people # 2 Cyprus: 185.738 per 100,000 people # 3 Spain: 99.561 per 100,000 people # 4 Lebanon: 85.468 per 100,000 people # 5 Greece: 77.803 per 100,000 people # 6 Hong Kong: 73.866 per 100,000 people # 7 Australia: 66.227 per 100,000 people # 8 Slovenia: 52.312 per 100,000 people # 9 Mexico: 49.863 per 100,000 people # 10 Sweden: 48.056 per 100,000 people USA is #19 with 30.768 per 100,000 people Not as much as I would have thought... maybe it's because so many people who wanted it have already gotten it.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Most plastic surgeries per capita: # 1 Switzerland: 214.621 per 100,000 people # 2 Cyprus: 185.738 per 100,000 people # 3 Spain: 99.561 per 100,000 people # 4 Lebanon: 85.468 per 100,000 people # 5 Greece: 77.803 per 100,000 people # 6 Hong Kong: 73.866 per 100,000 people # 7 Australia: 66.227 per 100,000 people # 8 Slovenia: 52.312 per 100,000 people # 9 Mexico: 49.863 per 100,000 people # 10 Sweden: 48.056 per 100,000 people USA is #19 with 30.768 per 100,000 people Not as much as I would have thought... maybe it's because so many people who wanted it have already gotten it.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Most total plastic surgeries per year:# 1 United States: 90,992 # 2 Mexico: 52,956 # 3 Brazil: 47,957 # 4 Japan: 42,842 # 5 Spain: 40,164 # 6 Germany: 23,140 # 7 France: 21,170 # 8 Argentina: 17,698 # 9 Switzerland: 16,073 # 10 Italy: 14,784
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Most total plastic surgeries per year: # 1 United States: 90,992 # 2 Mexico: 52,956 # 3 Brazil: 47,957 # 4 Japan: 42,842 # 5 Spain: 40,164 # 6 Germany: 23,140 # 7 France: 21,170 # 8 Argentina: 17,698 # 9 Switzerland: 16,073 # 10 Italy: 14,784
Allytta Allytta 5 years
Don't forget how big USA is. Of course it will top France or UK just because there isn't even people in those countries to compete with America.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I find that odd that US topped out on that chart. I would have been buffalo nickle that one of the South American country would be higher since it I heard it is cheaper.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Shrapnel is one thing, but nose jobs and boob jobs? That sort of thing became a fad here first, I think. I'm not judging them; I broke my nose years ago and it hasn't looked right since, and I plan on getting a nose job to fix it eventually.Here's a link to an interesting graph, US has the most plastic surgeries per year but is 19th per capita. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_pla_sur_pro-health-plastic-surgery-procedures
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Shrapnel is one thing, but nose jobs and boob jobs? That sort of thing became a fad here first, I think. I'm not judging them; I broke my nose years ago and it hasn't looked right since, and I plan on getting a nose job to fix it eventually. Here's a link to an interesting graph, US has the most plastic surgeries per year but is 19th per capita. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_pla_sur_pro-health-plastic-surgery-procedures
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I don't think it is Americanization at first blush IMO. It might be that some people may want to correct their injuries due to the shrapnel from the constant shelling. Plus some of them are of marriageable age and want to attract the best possible partner (i.e. financially stable) due to the fact that they lost their husbands in the war, no fathers or no immediate males in their families to offer protection or whatever situation.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
It doesn't surprise me, but it saddens me. Americanization always saddens me.
Allytta Allytta 5 years
people are people even in Iraq, of course they gonna want plastic surgery, it surprises me they use silicone for breast implants though
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