The number of liposuction procedures performed in Dubai on children peaks in the summertime, with some children having treatments to avoid being bullied because of their look.
“We generally see more children throughout the summertime because that is when they’re off school,” one liposuction specialist commented.
One liposuction clinic in Dubai has performed liposuction on boys as young as 14. “We are seeing an increase obesity in children because their parents allow them to have fast food,” said the clinic’s owner, Dr Max Sawaf.
“Not only do they get fat, but the oestrogens from the fat can make boys develop breasts (a condition also known as gynecomastia).”
Overweight children, and boys in particular begin shying away from participating in athletics and from wearing tight fitting cloths, such as t-shirts. “While we would prefer them to slim down naturally, it is very difficult once they grow those boobs. Liposuction is more prevalent than you would believe.”
Counsellors have raised concerns over potential emotional difficulties. “It teaches children or reinforces their belief that there is some thing wrong with them. It validates the bullies and teaches them that others can dictate how they feel about themselves.”
“It also gives youngsters the message that parents do not have enough time to help them develop self-confidence and a good self image, or to learn how to protect themselves and be emotionally stable,” a doctor said.