Increase in Non-Surgical Procedures in the UAE




Plastic surgery trends in the country revealed by leading UAE-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Toledo 


03 December 2012 – Next year is likely to see an increase in non-invasive procedures, as far as plastic surgery trends go, according to Dr. Toledo, one of the UAE’s leading certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Toledo has today published statistics tracking the most frequently performed procedures in his practice in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Analysis of the trends for the last three years has shown that liposuction is still the most popular surgery with 54% of Dr. Toledo’s patients requesting this procedure in 2012, up from 38% in 2010. However, there has also been an increasing demand for non-invasive procedures such as botox, fillers, peels and radiofrequency which reduce signs of aging. 41% of patients have requested these treatments from 2011-November 2012. 45% of Dr. Toledo’s non-surgical patients have requested botox and 33% fillers, in order to achieve the short to mid-term results desired.

One other procedure that has seen enormous growth in 2012, and has made it into the top ten requested procedures is fat grafting. Accounting for 7% of the procedures requested, the new technique can be used for the face, breasts and for the Brazilian Buttock procedure which is increasing in popularity.

“Over the last three years 48% of my patients have been local residents from the UAE, 17% from the UK and 13% from other GCC countries, with the majority between the ages of 31 to 40 years old,” commented Dr. Toledo. “Liposuction remains the most popular procedure that I perform and it is often combined with other body contouring techniques.

“Patient profiles have remained the same over the last three years with 87% of patients being female to 13% male – which is slightly higher than the international standard of 12%.


“2013 international and local trends predict the continued growth in the popularity of non-surgical procedures. New technology such as the Cooltouch system for the removal of small fat deposits, will reach the UAE market, and we will continue to see self-educated patients requesting quick, relatively inexpensively priced non-invasive treatments,” concludes Dr. Toledo.

Dr Toledo’s top five surgeries 2010-2012

1. Liposuction (54%)

2. Rhinoplasty (10%)

3. Fat grafting   (7%)

4. Abdominoplasty (6%)

5. Breast augmentation/blepharoplasty (5%)


Dr. Toledo has published and edited several books in the field and has published over 60 scientific papers in international publications. Dr. Toledo holds the title of Professor having lectured at more than 500 congresses, delivered over 100 teaching courses and organized over 25 international congresses and symposiums. Dr. Toledo continues to lecture at various workshops around the globe, several times a year. He is a long standing member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP) which bestowed on him, along with the Medical Association of Brazil (AMB) the title of ‘specialist’ plastic surgeon.  He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). For more information, please visit his website:


Issued on behalf of Dr. Toledo by Grayling Momentum:

Zeina Kourki