By Ed Attwood
Dubai clinic does thriving trade in deskbound ex-soldiers keen to combat bulging waistlines
Increasing numbers of ageing security contractors based in Iraq are making the short trip to Dubai to undergo plastic surgery, a clinic in the emirate has said.
The London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery (LCAS), in Dubai Healthcare City, has seen a flow of former American and British soldiers troop through the clinic in recent months.
“These guys used to be professional soldiers, and as such their bodies reflected the intense exercise that comes with that,” Edwina Viel, who runs the LCAS clinic alongside husband Dr Maurizio Viel, told Arabian Business.
“Now, in some cases, they have moved into management and are stuck behind a desk, while at the same time being surrounded by younger, fitter men – and it’s not easy for them.”
The practice has also seen a general increase in the number of men requesting treatment, although the ratio of men is apparently not as high as it is in the UK.
Around 20 percent of LCAS’s current clients are male, and Viel pointed out that the clinic was seeing more clients affected by what she referred to as ‘the CEO body’.
“Guys get to 40 or 50, they have bigger incomes, and they are eating more and richer food,” she said. “In no time at all, the belly pops out. What many people fail to understand is that men can get really depressed about this.”
Viel said that local plastic surgery practitioners had generally been adversely affected by the downturn, although a new wave of professionals in Dubai had kept business on an even keel.
“It’s far to say a lot of the ‘easy’ money for plastic surgeons has now gone, but there are still people with money coming in,” Viel added.
“Of course Dubai has had some issues from an economic perspective, but what part of the world hasn’t? What we’re seeing is more ‘real’ money from new bankers and new lawyers in the region, as opposed to what I would call ‘hot’ money, which was the case previously.”