An increase in demand for cosmetic procedures in Israel has led to a spike in the number of doctors choosing to specialise in this area of surgery.
According to a report by The Times of Israel, over the last 12 months there has been a 30 per cent rise in the number of people electing to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure such as liposuction or breast augmentation. This in turn has resulted in a 10 per cent boost in the number of doctors entering the profession.
The financial draw is certain to be a major factor for many. Dr Robert Cohen, who chairs the union of aesthetic doctors in Israel, told the Maariv newspaper that a doctor specialising in cosmetic surgery could potentially earn a few hundred thousand shekels a month (200,000 shekels is equal to almost £32,500).
The report said that while demand for cosmetic surgery in Israel was still some way behind that seen across Europe, similar trends were evident, such as an increase in the number of male patients. A third of all procedures in Israel are said to involve men, and that figure is rising, up 10 to 15 per cent on last year.