200,000 Iranians Get Nose Jobs Each Year — But Why?

With Hollywood, reality TV stars, and a plethora of qualified surgeons, one would think that America has the highest rate of plastic surgery in the world. Strangely enough, though, that dubious title goes to Iran, which — according to a study done by The Rhinology Research Society of Iran and Johns Hopkins University — has seven times the amount of rhinoplasty procedures in its country (per capita) compared to America.
About 200,000 Iranian women and men go under the knife each year, with rhinoplasty being the most popular procedure. According to the Guardian, women shrink their noses and then turn them up to achieve "doll faces" that mimic the Western celebrities on TV and in the movies. Apparently, some women have found the Islamic practice of the hijab limiting when it comes to cosmetic options. "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," commented a woman interviewed by The Guardian.
Advertisement
Girls as young as fourteen are getting rhinoplasties, and while one-fifth of women who receive the surgery say it's for self-esteem, the other 160,000 are motivated by notions of marriageability. Similarly, men have turned to surgery to boost sales in their stores because "I have to look nice and spiffy for them [his customers]," Mohammad, a store owner, explained.
Clearly, risks within cosmetic surgery exist everywhere, but in Iran, women may be putting their health in jeopardy. There are only 157 licensed plastic surgeons in Tehran...but there are 7,000 unlicensed surgeons, which leads to many botched procedures. No one should ever feel pressured to go under the knife — no matter where she lives — especially if it means doing it unprofessionally. (The Guardian)
iran1
Image via The Guardian
Advertisement

More from Wellness

Ashley Graham is breaking barriers. She's the first plus-sized model to cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and she's served as our workout ...
Julie Krause writes about all things mom, parenting, and relationships at her blog, Baby Rabies, and she has some words of advice for the non-pregnant ...
Let me introduce you all to the love of my life, Sienna Harper Gernon! I've never felt love like it! @justchrisgernon thank you so much, you have been...
When it comes to rock climbing, an all-or-nothing approach is key
A 14-year-old Native American girl was sexually assaulted by a male student. According to a report by Buzzfeed News, she was suspended from school for 10...
Aside from encountering creeps and starting conversations that just don't go anywhere, one major problem online daters face is catfishing. According to a...
It's official — fall is here, and we're already knee-deep in pumpkin-flavored everything. Break out of your PSL-laden routine (while still celebrating ...
(Paid Content) In this age of label-aversion, hookup apps, and social-media flirtation (nothing says romance like a DM, right?), few would disagree that ...
Let us all hold hands and increase the peace. This Monday, September 26, a rare event is happening in the skies. The radiant Sun and broad-minded Jupiter ...
In a move so fitting that we can’t believe we haven’t seen it already, ASOS teamed up with running shoe company Saucony to create glitter running ...
Ragazzi mi state seguendo in tanti e vorrei ringraziarvi e scusarmi se non riesco a rispondere a tutti...vi proprio ho una foto che mi ricorda tutte ...
A version of this story originally appeared on Shape. When it comes to female pleasure, there's enough misinformation out there to fill a book. One of ...
What a week it’s been, stargazers. First, we were told our Zodiac signs have changed, that there's now a 13th sign, and that apparently everything we ...
No one goes through life trying to be a horrible person. But sometimes, it's a challenge to go that extra mile (or even just a few steps) out of your way...