A hairdresser from Coventry who moved to Dubai for a better life has died following complications after going to Iran for cosmetic surgery.
Popular Louise Smith, 37, was pursuing her career in the United Arab Emirates when the tragedy happened.
Her family say they are ‘in the dark’ over the circumstances of her death on July 28.
One friend Danni Chauhan hit out, suggesting pressures of social media had prompted her to have the operation.
She was also said to have become obsessed with her weight during lockdown.
Her devastated father Neil posted online: ‘We are still in the dark, just coming up again a brick wall about getting her home.
Louise Smith, 37, was pursuing her career in the United Arab Emirates as a hairdresser
Friends said she was influenced by social media to get cosmetic surgery and went to Iran
Fun loving Louise loved to travel and snaps of her adventure were posted online for people
‘We have emailed local MP Will Quince to no avail doing everything possible please, please British embassy we need this help get the ball rolling.’
Friend Danni Chauhan told The Sun: ‘I still can’t comprehend that this has happened.
‘What a young life lost all because we want to look a certain way that social media portrays us to look like. I’m so sorry you had to go through this alone.’
Louise’s social media presence showed her adventurous spirit and lust for life
Grieving family of the hairdresser are now trying to repatriate her body back to the UK
So far a total of £14,000 has been raised to try and return Louise’s body back to her family
Iran’s surgery boom
The Iranian Association of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons say just 40,000 operations take place in Iran each year – but the reality is probably three times that amount.,
There is a large number of undocumented specialist surgeons willing to perform procedures others may not accept.
Plastic surgeon Ali Asghar Shirazi said: ‘I don’t think the statistics are particularly surprising.
‘Iran is one of the most populated countries in Middle East and it is a relatively rich country.
‘Here in Iran, we have many patients from neighbours like Iraq, Bahrain, UAE, Azerbaijan and Armenia.’
‘We are all in shock at the moment.’
Louise, a veteran Toni & Guy stylist of 19 years, moved from the UK after splitting from her partner.
Her grieving family are still struggling to repatriate her body and a crowdfunder to try and help has not reached £14,000.
Young women in Iran, some as young as 14, are having cosmetic surgery in the hope of attaining the Hollywood ‘doll face’.
Iran has been named the nose job capital of the world – with seven times more operations carried out there than in America – despite the high cost of the surgery.
Cosmetic procedures cost five to six times the average monthly wage in Iran.
But according to a report in their conservative Etemad newspaper, as many as 200,000 Iranians are undergoing rhinoplasty operations every year.
The reasons behind the surgery include self-esteem and marriageability, as well as medical issues.
Another reason is that there are some women in the country find the Islamic practice of the hijab so limiting when it comes to beauty.
Source: Daily Mail UK