King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center,
Jeddah - Saudi Arabia
Dr. Badr Abdulrauf is the head of plastic surgery at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is also the secretary general of the Saudi Association of Plastic Surgery Burns, and the national delegate to the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, Athens, Greece, among other institutional and regional administrative positions. He completed his general surgery and plastic surgery residency training at the King AbdulAziz Hospital, Jeddah, and then completed the residency and fellowship training programs in aesthetic plastic surgery at the University of Manitoba, in Manitoba, Canada. He also completed the University of Toronto pediatric plastic surgery fellowship program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario, Canada. He is the recipient of many awards and prizes, and is a renowned speaker at many national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Abdulrauf has published many papers in specialized journals.
Abstract: Current demographic data of women presenting to plastic surgery clinic
The influence of media in Saudi Arabia over the last one and a half decades has made a tremendous effect on the mentality & The perception of body image, both in women and men. Satellite TV and Internet have significantly changed the society. The liberty seen today in Saudi Arabia in terms of female images on local magazines pages, news papers and Advertisements were considered a taboo 20 years ago. All these changes have helped the Aesthetic aspect of Plastic surgery speciality to develop and grow very fast. Cosmetic clinics ranging from skin care to Plastic surgery have become very popular in all major cities of Saudi Arabia. Getting a cosmetic surgical procedure for women has become a very normal, well accepted idea in the society. This study was carried out at King Faisal Specialist Hospital Research Center ( a General Organization ) in the city of Jeddah. All women presented to the senior author for body contouring surgery, in the years 2007 & 2008. Total of 87 Women were included in the study; Mean age was 38 ; 66.6% were Housewives; 27.5% were in Medical field; 58% were Married; 12.6% were a Divorced ; 19.5% were Single; 20.6% were Cigarette or Shisha Smokers.39% were Obese ; 32% were Overweight ; 20.7% had a Normal BMI . The most commonly requested procedure was Abdominoplasty (with or without liposuction); Next most commonly requested procedure was Breast Cosmetic Surgery .Past history of other Cosmetic surgery was 30.%. There are many points that deserve to be discussed based on the findings of this study. Most importantly is that, unfortunately majority of these patients belonged to Obese or at least to Overweight category. There is a major misconception in the society that plastic surgery would treat their Obesity .