HEALTH > Mustache surgery on the rise in Middle East


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Ibrahim Tatlıses, Hürriyet photo

Ibrahim Tatlıses, Hürriyet photo

Middle Eastern men are increasingly going under knife to achieve strong mustaches that provide a more masculine mature and wise look, CNN has reported.

Turkish plastic surgeon Selahattin Tulunay told CNN that he had been performing increasing numbers of mustache surgeries over the last few years - around 50 to 60 procedures per month on average.

In most of the operations, a small amount of hair is taken from areas of dense hair on the patient's body and transplanted to the mustache area.

"They have some celebrities as role models," Tulunay said, identifying Turkish singer İbrahim Tatlıses as one of the most popular models for those undergoing mustache surgery. Tatlıses is known for his distinctive voice and charismatic dark mustache.

Medical tourism has been on the rise in the Middle East, particularly in Turkey, over the last few years.


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12/3/2012 4:50:06 AM

You guys think like that because your obviously from another culture... maybe you are one of the so called 'metro sexual' men of the new century! If you grew up in the west and are influenced by t.v and celebrities then even a hairy chest would most probably be unacceptable. I bet if celebrities started growing mo's again and hairy chests and backs, within 10yrz, that would be the new 'trend'. I think its sad how media manipulates people. Body image issues didn't exist 50yrz ago! TV= evil!

Tevfik Alp

11/30/2012 4:27:42 PM

Hallucination and dirty cosmetics.

Brian Irlanda

11/30/2012 2:43:19 PM

So funny! How does having a hairy lip make you more masculine? Did you ever see the wildlife that lives in moustaches? It's a jungle in there. There are fungi, herbivores that eat the fungus and even predators that eat the herbivores! I saw a Discovery Channel documentary about it. Fascinating...and disgusting! If any woman watched it she would never kiss a whiskers endowed man ever again! When I think moustache, I think of two people, Hitler and Charlie Chaplin. One a psycho, other one a joke.

Nikos T.

11/30/2012 2:00:46 PM

Strong mustaches that provide a more masculine mature and wise look... In which planet and century?
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