Four Rwandans have undergone Cosmetic Surgery since King Faisal Hospital (KFH) started offering services for such operations since September 2016.
Abdominoplasty, liposuction, Mastopexy, Gynaecomastia correction and Otoplasty are among services offered under Cosmetic Surgery.
Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner. Liposuction, is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes fat from the human body in an attempt to change its shape while Mastopexy is the plastic surgery procedure for raising sagging breasts upon the chest of the woman; by changing and modifying the size, contour, and elevation of the breasts.
Gynaecomastia is an operation to correct male breast enlargement while Otoplasty consists of the surgical and non-surgical procedures for correcting the deformities and defects of the external ear.
Cosmetic Surgery was introduced at KFH on 17th September last year.
In an interview with IGIHE, Dr Furaha Charles, specialist in Plastic surgery attributed low number of service seekers to various causes including lack of equipment to carry operations of Cosmetic Surgery.
“The low numbers of operated patients emanated from lacking a machine facilitating my operations but I hope it will be available soon. Some people came to me for Cosmetic Surgery but asked them to wait patiently as we wait for the machine,” he said.
Abdominoplasty, Gynaecomastia correction are among operations exercised for the four treated people under Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr Furaha explained that three people including a resident of Kampala in Uganda are among people on pending list to be operated.
He said scarcity of people seeking such operations also arise from suspicion on quality standards of such services.
“People still wonder whether these operations can be properly held in Rwanda. Many people are waiting to see operated individuals to become fearless,”said Dr Furaha.
Cosmetic Surgery cost at King Faisal Hospital ranges between Rwf 1.5 and 2.5 billion. It was previously sought in America and Europe.
Challenge of specialists’ inadequacy
Only two Rwanda’s doctors are specialized in plastic surgery. Dr Furaha is among the two and can also make reconstructive surgery.
He unveiled ambition to train more doctors to make such operations “We want to train more doctors in Rwanda but have not yet obtained license to do so. We expect to offer such trainings when licensed as it happens in other medical domains,” he said.
“No surgery without risk”
Dr. Furaha says he can’t assure people they can’t face consequences which is why a patient has to confirm readiness to experience positive or negative modifications.
He explained such consequences might arise from both the doctor’s performance and the structure of the patient’s body or result from patient’s habits like smoking tobacco.
“A person may come and lie to have abandoned smoking tobacco yet she/he still consumes it and do it in secrecy even after surgery. That’s where consequences are self-inflicted by the patient, “said Dr Furaha.
Increasing some body parts like breasts and buttocks using implants are among operations resulting in negative consequences but the technique of using greases known as Fat Grafting to be used in Rwanda is likely to have less consequences.
“ First you have to make sure a doctor carrying the operation is competent and be prepared before whether you have definitively decided to undergo the surgery,” said Dr Furaha.
High bleeding, infections, body failure to adapt new transplanted flesh which might lead to death are among consequences people seeking Plastic surgery may encounter.