Plastic surgery tourism up in Pakistan

Jan. 23, 2006 at 1:47 PM
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LONDON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The number of Pakistani women returning to their home country from England for discount plastic surgery with no waiting is on the rise.

Dr. Abdul Hameed, the president of the Pakistani Association of Plastic Surgeons, told The Independent the trend began four years ago when doctors noticed "waves of British clients" coming during the summer and winter holiday seasons. About 400 women were visiting the country to visit families and include some cosmetic surgery every year.

"The women know that the waiting lists for good cosmetic surgery in London are maybe three months long," he said. "In Pakistan, there is no waiting list. We do them whenever we get them."

Nose jobs, tummy tucks, liposuction and breast enlargements are the favored treatments for many, Hameed said.

Pakistan has about 70 plastic surgeons, mostly in Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi.

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