Gazans are breaking tradition to embrace plastic surgery more openly – Famagusta Gazette

With a charming and attractive smile, Sumaia Ibrahim, a woman from Gaza, stood in front of a mirror to admire her new look after losing almost 75 kg.

“I have suffered from obesity for more than 20 years because my weight was around 140 kg,” the 39-year-old lecturer told Xinhua.

Her appearance changed a lot after undergoing liposuction and following a strict diet.

“Thanks to my new look, I became a confident woman and was able to show my inner and outer beauty,” she said.

Tariq Dirdisawi, a Gaza City pediatrician, is planning hair implant surgery, hoping to get rid of the baldness that has plagued him for years.

The 41-year-old father of three told Xinhua that what prompted him to undergo plastic surgery was mainly the desire to look good and partly related to a society that is increasingly open to Gaza.

“It is not a shame to take care of yourself, whether you are a man or a woman. In the past, when I wanted to undergo such an operation, it required me to travel to Turkey, Egypt or another country, which would cost me a lot of time, effort and expense, but today, things got easier,” he said. .

“I am thrilled to see my new look after restoring my falling hair, especially since I have to deal with people every day. I would like to look the best in front of my patients,” he said. Explain.

Ibrahim and Dirdisawi are among hundreds of clients who use the beauty clinic overseen by plastic surgeon Ahmed al-Moghrabi.

“Although plastic surgery started in the Gaza Strip about 20 years ago, the culture of cosmetic surgery was not widespread among Gazans,” al-Moghrabi told Xinhua, adding that cosmetic surgery was even a “social taboo” for Gazans.

But today, the doctor added, more and more people tend to resort to cosmetic surgeries to improve their looks, even with thin wallets.

According to the doctor, liposuction, tummy tucks, eyelids, ear plastic surgery, fat injections and hair transplantation are the most popular operations among locals, noting that he performs about 30 cosmetic surgeries a week.

“The average cost of cosmetic surgeries starts from US$100 to US$2,500, depending on their type, duration and difficulty,” the doctor said.

He added that “the price may seem exorbitant to some, especially with the difficult economic situation experienced by patients, but the demand for plastic surgery has increased significantly in recent times.” ■

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