Cosmetic Surgery Catches on I AfghanistanPosted on June 5, 2017
The appeal of cosmetic surgery is undisputedly a global appeal. According to recent LA Times article Afghans are becoming more comfortable with the concept of cosmetic surgery as they are increasingly exposed to beauty trends from India and Iran through movies, travel and the countries proliferating media outlets. Afghan women tend to show up with pictures of their favorite Bollywood celebrities and Turkish telenovela stars. This is a fairly new trend since just over 10 years ago women were for the most part combined to their homes and were forbidden to work. In the war-ravaged country there were not many options even if they could find a job. Secluded from the rest of the world under the Taliban rule cosmetic surgery was generally unheard of. It remains a controversial subject for many Afghan families, specifically women, mostly related to questions about modesty and acceptance of Gods will. However, as women have come back to the workforce in large cities like Kabul, changing their looks as become easier as they have earned their own money. Most procedures are performed under local anesthesia and patients are sent home the same day. While some doctors have improve their skills while treating victims of the war the concern is that others may not have had the exposure to extensive training in plastic surgery and this could cause danger for potential cosmetic surgery patients. The most popular cosmetic surgery procedures are rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty in Afghanistan. While the process that Afghan women are going through seems primitive when compared to the cosmetic surgery process American patients go through one similarity is that finding the right plastic surgeon can be a daunting challenge. While admittedly there are many more options in the United States for women who are considering plastic surgery then there are for women in Afghanistan the reality is finding the right plastic surgeon for cosmetic procedures is still largely a decision left up to the patient. Dr. Kim explains to new patients that his board certification under the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is one that is earned by a small percentage of plastic surgeons who have committed to additional training specifically tailored to plastic surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the only certifying plastic surgery board recognized by the American Medical Association. It can be confusing for patients when they see the words board-certified when describing a plastic surgeon. It is important to ask by which board is the medical doctor certified? With the popularity of cosmetic plastic surgery in the US many have come to believe that cosmetic plastic surgery is a routine task that can be carried out by virtually any medical doctor. In a capitalistic society like the US cosmetic plastic surgery has come to be viewed as a commodity rather than a specialized service. Dr. Kim is not only a talented and skilled ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon he is also a talented artist in his own right. The art of plastic surgery is completely driven by talent and what is commonly known as an artistic eye. This is impossible to quantify by dollars. In simple terms it is the reason why a Picasso painting is worth more than that of an unknown artist. When choosing a plastic surgeon patient should always consider the talent and skills of the plastic surgeon they are considering. Patients who are interested in pursuing cosmetic plastic surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Kims office and schedule a consultation.