Iran is the nose job capital of the world with SEVEN times more procedures than the U.S. – but rise in unlicensed surgeons poses huge risk
- Iranian women strive for Hollywood button-nosed ‘doll face’
- Around 30% of people who have the surgery are dissatisfied with the results
- Surge in popularity has led to increase in unlicensed practitioners and botched jobs
Young women in Iran, some as young as 14, are having cosmetic surgery in the hope of attaining the Hollywood ‘doll face’.
Iran has been named the nose job capital of the world – with seven times more operations carried out there than in America – despite the high cost of the surgery.
Cosmetic procedures cost five to six times the average monthly wage in Iran but according to a report in their conservative Etemad newspaper, as many as 200,000 Iranians are undergoing rhinoplasty operations every year.
The reasons behind the surgery include self-esteem and marriageability, as well as medical issues and the fact that some women in the country find the Islamic practice of the hijab so limiting when it comes to beauty.
One woman told The Guardian: ‘It’s human nature to want to seek out attention with a beautiful figure, hair, skin … but hijab doesn’t let you do that.
‘So we have to satisfy that instinct by displaying our ‘art’ on our faces.’
The newspaper also reported concerns that the surge in demand has led to a huge increase in unlicensed practioners and means that some people are putting their health at risk in their quest for a new face.
In Tehran there are only 157 licensed plastic surgeons but there are 7,000 unlicensed surgeons.
Problems associated with botched procedures include respiratory problems, the nose being dented or malformed, sinus pain and congestion during the winter months, growth of extra tissue or bone, and loss of the sense of smell.
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The prohibitive price has meant that some are also taking out bank loans, often under deception, to fund the surgery.
Stand-up comedian Shappi Khorsandi is Iranian-born but does not wear a hijab like many other women from the Islamic republic
But the risks are not putting people off.
The Rhinology Research Society of Iran who conducted the study in co-operation with Johns Hopkins University in the US found that the rate of nose jobs per capita is seven times that of America and as prevalent in the the Islamicrepublic as it is in Brazil.
Another anonymous Iranian woman who had a nose job not long ago told The Guardian: ‘I do have a better social life and I don’t have to be ashamed of my big, fat nose anymore.
‘In our family, different types of cosmetic surgery are a totally normal thing, and most of the women and girls have had their noses done.’
While there are benefits, she confesses ‘when I get a cold, I get a runny nose – something fierce. I have to be careful then’.