The cosmetic surgery industry is a lucrative one, and the beauty industry has been booming in recent years, particularly for young people.
But as the industry continues to grow, it is attracting more and more complaints about cosmetic surgery being too expensive, as well as too invasive.
This is why it is essential to clean your body, says Prof. Arvind Subramanian, who heads the department of cosmetic surgery at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
“I would say that there are two main reasons why people have such complaints: 1) they are not getting the best of care, and 2) they feel that they are being over-regulated,” he says.
The cost of cosmetic procedures has been increasing over the years, and this has led to a backlash against cosmetic surgery, which is a highly regulated profession.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that there were over 9,000 cosmetic procedures performed in 2016, which are generally cosmetic procedures that are designed to enhance or minimize the appearance of the skin.
However, these procedures have been increasingly becoming expensive and invasive in recent decades.
The number of surgeries performed in India has risen from 3,800 in 1997 to 12,800 now.
“It’s a constant battle,” says Subramano, adding that many of these procedures were carried out by the private sector, who were paid by the government.
“This is a way of increasing profits, but I am not so sure about the long-term health benefits.
In fact, I think it is harmful for patients,” he adds.
The industry has also been caught up in controversies over the amount of time it takes to treat the patient.
A recent study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that India’s cosmetic surgeries cost between Rs 25,000 and Rs 60,000.
In contrast, US-based Cosmetic Surgery Corporation of America (CSCA) estimates the cost of its operations to be between $1,500 and $4,000 per operation.
The number of cosmetic surgeries performed per day in India rose from 7,000 in 2003 to 19,000 by 2017, but the IOM study also found that in 2015, there were almost 1,000 surgeries performed by private doctors in India, compared to more than 1,700 in the US.
“There is a lack of oversight in the industry,” says Dr. K.S. Natarajan, president of the Indian Council of Cosmetic Surgery (ICCS).
“The regulations are not stringent, and many cosmetic procedures are performed by non-governmental organisations and other NGOs without any certification or any medical training.”
The WHO has recently announced a series of measures to address this problem, which include mandating that all cosmetic surgery performed by doctors in the country should be done by trained medical personnel, as mandated by the National Cosmetic Surgery Council.
The IOM survey also found, however, that the average patient’s response time to cosmetic surgery was almost four years, which was less than half the recommended two years.
This is partly because many cosmetic surgeries are done on patients with poor or less-developed skin, who have little experience in the field.
Another concern is that many cosmetic operations are carried out on children.
According to a 2017 survey conducted by a private company, India has a prevalence of skin cancer of 1.6% (the World Health Organization has a lower estimate of 1%).
According to the National Cancer Registry, there are over 4,000 people living with skin cancer in India.
“If cosmetic surgery were a standard medicine, we would expect that a high percentage of patients would have had skin cancer,” says Sushil Raj, president, Indian Cosmetics Manufacturers Association (ICMA).
“Instead, our patients are treated with treatments like laser treatment, laser therapy, hyper-dermal treatments, or surgery.
There is a huge amount of ignorance in the medical community about the issue of skin cancers,” he said.
Dr. Raj says that it is important for the cosmetic industry to address these concerns.
“We have to provide the right amount of care to our patients and we need to make sure that we are doing things the right way, which means ensuring the patient’s privacy,” he added.
“The more people have knowledge, the better the quality of life for everyone.
This also means that the cosmetic surgery market will be a better place in the long run.”