I really laughed when I read this article on how middle eastern men are having mustache implants. Apparently thick luxurious mustaches symbolize prestige and indicate maturity and dignity. (Alas, I got this information too late as I’ve had my moustache permanently removed.)
Here are excerpts from the CNN article – along with my commentary (of course):
“Thick, handsome mustaches have long been prized by men throughout the Middle East as symbols of masculine virility, (and THAT’S precisely the reason I decided to have laser treatment to remove mine ) wisdom and maturity.
“But not all mustaches are created equal, and in recent years, increasing numbers of Middle Eastern men have been going under the knife to attain the perfect specimen.”
“Turkish plastic surgeon Selahattin Tulunay says the number of mustache implants he performs has boomed in the last few years. He now performs 50-60 of the procedures a month, (judging by the number of women sitting with me in the waiting room there are 50-60 procedures to remove an hour) on patients who hail mostly from the Middle East and travel to Turkey as medical tourists.”
“My impression is more and more they want to establish their male aspect,” he said. “They want a strong mustache.” (I’m trying to downplay my male aspect – I ‘ve been told too many times I think like a man)
” . . . surgeons use a technique — follicular unit extraction — in which groups of hairs are taken from areas of dense hair growth (the article didn’t say where those dense hair growth areas were and I think it might not be prudent to ask) to be implanted in the mustache area.
Bouhanna said the patients were generally aged between 30 and 50, and were able to fly home the day after they had the procedure, which costs about $7,000 (€5,500) and is performed under local anesthetic.” (No anesthesia and it HURT)
“They are able to wash the next day, had to abstain from shaving for 15 days, and could expect to see full results after six months.” (I could wash immediately and I HAD to shave – or wax the day before treatment cuz the little laser works better – who knew)
“In Turkey, different styles of mustache carry their own political nuances. According to one research paper, mustaches with drooping sides signify a conservative, nationalist bent, left-wingers favor mustaches like Stalin, while a “political religious” mustache is carefully groomed, with “cleanliness as its guiding principle.” (Mine was rather sparse, didn’t turn up or down. I wonder if that means mine signified middle-of-the road-womanly-submission? I hope so. . . need to believe that SOMETHING about it was FEMININE!)
“Tulunay said some of his patients had specific looks in mind. “They have some celebrities as role models,” (I was hoping to look like a MATURE Angelina Joli or a YOUNG Sophia Loren.)
I was told I needed more treatments.
To help YOU decide whether to transplant or eradicate read the entire article by Tim Hume, for CNN for more interesting info, click HERE