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The patient in her 40s "had two nose jobs with another doctor, but wasn't happy and asked us to do it again," says her doctor Javad Amirizad, the latest surgeon to take her under the knife.In a conservative society where all women in public must wear at least a scarf over their hair and neck, such operations have boomed, with a nose job seen as a way to perfect their most visible asset.According to official figures, up to 40,000 cosmetic surgeries take place in Iran each year, says Amirizad, a member of the Iranian Association of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons.The trend has seen the Islamic Republic jump into the world's top 10 countries performing plastic surgery.The cost of a nose operation starts at around $1,500 – more than five times the minimum Iranian monthly salary of $270 .Some women who have had surgery understand the debate.
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