Indians turn to a nip and a tuck ahead of Diwali


Many Indians hope to put on a new face for Hindu festival Diwali, and are lining up at the cosmetic surgeon to do it.

The lead-in to the annual festival of lights is seeing a 20-40 per cent rise in client numbers this month, according to a report on

Vijay Kakkar, cosmetic surgery consultant for Delhi private hospitals Mata Chanan Devi and Max Healthcare said people want to give themselves a gift for Diwali, when people want to look their best.

"We have more clients requesting cosmetic procedures at this time of year and I have done around 15 nose surgeries alone this month compared to eight normally," he noted.

Surgeons say the most popular procedure for men is to change their noses to look like Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's.

Women want their noses to channel the qualities of Aishwarya Rai's.

The year's rises in plastic surgery numbers are unprecedented above the usual 5-10 per cent increase leading to Diwali.

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