Sunday, July 12, 2009
Eventually, Iraq will be a normal country with normal problems. Plastic surgery for aesthetic (as opposed to reconstructive) purposes is back in vogue, although with a somewhat different angle than in the West (breast reduction being more popular than break augmentation, for instance). Indeed, Iraqi plastic surgeons think they are the best in the region because of their experiences during the war:
For surgeons, the new business is a welcome break from the horrors they dealt with during the worst years of Iraq's violence. In 2006-07, when bombings were maiming scores on a daily basis, Abood spent days and nights on end at the hospital performing emergency skin grafts and amputations.
But the intense pressure provided a wealth of experience for Iraqi doctors, he said.
"I believe the Iraqi plastic surgeons are more talented than all the doctors in the region because of the hard circumstances they witnessed," Abood said. "Cosmetic operations are easy now for doctors after the training we obtained from treating the casualties of terrorism."
I wonder how much of the new demand for aesthetic surgery is coming from women who have to compete for a reduced supply of eligible men to marry. If that impulse drives cosmetic procedure volumes here, imagine the impact in a country where women are less empowered than in the West and a lot of the men have been imprisoned, killed, discredited, or unemployed.