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GCC countries spend AED4 billion on cosmetic surgeries per year

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Cosmetic surgery industry is booming in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) member states, Al Bayan newspaper reported.

According to a recent study, up to AED4 billion is spent annually on cosmetic surgeries in the Arabian Gulf region.

People living in the UAE spend up to AED1bn per annum, which represents a quarter of the cosmetic surgery market value for one year in the GCC countries.

Results of the wide-ranging study are expected to be discussed at a conference on cosmetic and restoration surgery, scheduled to be held later this month.

The global event is expected to attract 250 cosmetic surgeons from 23 Arab, European, Asian and American countries.

The study revealed a big surge of GCC men and women on cosmetic surgeries, particularly people from the younger generation.

According to consultant plastic surgeon Dr Qassim Ahli, liposuction and tummy tuck make up 60 per cent of the overall number of cosmetic surgeries in the GCC countries in one year.

The study revealed that Botox injections, fillers and lasers account for 30pc of the cosmetic surgeries – with 75pc of the operations conducted on women.