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Tunisia Joins International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 24, 2010

Carthage, Tunisia has become a popular destination for spa-goers and medical spa patients who want to take enjoy affordably-priced procedures overseas. Tunisia is now officially a part of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). As of March 2010, Tunisia is represented by a National Secretary, Dr. Bouraoui Kotti. Dr. Kotti is a certified doctor by the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and is also a member of the French Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

Dr. Kotti tells Tunisiaonlinenews.com that the membership will boost Tunisia’s image as a medical tourist destination. Medical tourism is currently one of the country’s primary sources of currency. Dr. Kotti explains, “The high level of Tunisian plastic surgeons and the cost of surgery, which remain cheaper than in Europe make Tunisia an attractive alternative to India and Thailand, for those who want to avoid long-haul flights.”

Tunisia has become an attractive medical tourism hub for many European travelers, as well as patients from regions of Libya, Algeria, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali. Western patients represented only about 18% of the total number of foreign patients heading to Tunisia for treatment. The majority of patients were entering the country for different types of cosmetic surgeries, including plastic surgery.

In a survey published in “African Busines”, medical tourism represents approximately 5% of the country’s export services, bringing in about 175 million Euros per year. The average patient spent approximately 4000 Euros for surgery, which is the equivalent of about $4,890 US dollars. Popular procedures include breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, facelift surgery and blepharoplasty. Tunisia’s modern and private hospital structures, and affordable package options for “holiday surgeries”, will continue to fuel this sector of the economy.

More information about medical tourism and cosmetic surgery abroad can be found here.

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Medical Tourism Company Reports 300% Increase in Holiday Season Bookings

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 16, 2009

Christmas stockingsAs the economy continues to improve at a steady rate, medical tourism companies are noticing a gradual increase in demand for overseas cosmetic surgery. Economists are pointing out that the recession economy will change course soon, and this is encouraging more bookings of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.

According to Cosmetic Harmony, one of the world’s most recognized medical tourism companies, the holiday season and an improved economic outlook have triggered a “huge surge” in demand for procedures.

Cosmetic Harmony saw a 300% increase in reservations since last holiday season, pointing out that more people who held back during the credit crunch are now in a good position to pay for a relatively pricey vacation and get the cosmetic surgery they want.

Cosmetic Harmony is a medical tourism company based in Bogota, Colombia that offers cheap cosmetic surgery packages with procedures performed in a world-class facility. Anthony Giudice, Vice-President of Sales of Cosmetic Harmony indicates that “not only is our company experiencing a boom in the market, but Colombia as a country is also growing. The market is showing positive signs and there will be a progress in all the activities in Colombia. We are very proud of our surgeons who are ready to work hard this holiday season. It is due to their quality work that satisfies our patients and we are experiencing this surge in business.” (Source: Cosmetic Harmony Press Release)

Medical tourism experienced a significant boom in the early 2000s as surgeons and companies overseas offered attractively priced packages and treatment options for patients on every budget. Tummy tucks, breast augmentation procedures, body contouring and non-invasive procedures typically cost between 25% to 70% off the average price of procedures in the United States and the United Kingdom, and destinations including Argentina, Colombia, Bangkok and Thailand all offer significantly reduced pricing on several highly sought-after procedures.

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UK Surgeons Say Plastic Surgery Vacations Could Be Fatal

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 23, 2009

42-16474249Medical tourism continues to be among the leading travel trends in the United States and other parts of the world, but the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and several consumer organizations have issued warnings about getting plastic surgery overseas. Recently, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) stated that they have documented several horror stories from Britons who have headed overseas to get discounted plastic surgery, and agreed that many people underestimate the risks involved with procedures performed abroad.

Many people head to countries in South America, the Far East and India to cash in on discounted cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation and tummy tucks.

While some doctors overseas have trained in the United States and the United Kingdom, the standards of the facilities they perform operations in may not be the same as they are in Western countries. In addition, many of the complications that arise from these procedures are not covered by health insurance or services such as the NHS, which means the patient must be prepared to pay for any problems out-of-pocket.

The president of the BAAPS, Nigel Mercer, stated that “it was a common misconception [among British patients] that plastic surgery could be a quick and pain-free experience”. (Source: PressandJournal.co.uk)

The Press and Journal also reports on several cases where patients experienced several side effects and had to undergo emergency surgery in order to ‘fix’ what the foreign plastic surgeon had done. In one case, a British woman who had a facelift overseas went back to Britain but developed blood clots in her lungs, resulting in death as soon as she returned home.

All individuals considering plastic surgery abroad must do extensive research about their doctor and the facility, and be certain that they have access to healthcare and insurance coverage should complications arise. More information about the pros and cons of medical tourism can be found here .

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Plastic Surgery in Argentina Booming During Economic Crunch

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 18, 2009

j0438385While plastic and cosmetic surgeons in the United States and the UK are feeling the pinch of the recession, some countries around the world are faring better during these rough economic times.

According to a recent article on CNN.com World News, Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentina are accommodating for the budget-conscious patient and enjoying an economic boom as a result.

CNN reports that many Americans are realizing they can get their coveted surgery and procedures at a very affordable price if they fly to cities such as Buenos Aires for treatment. In most cases, cosmetic surgery in South America costs a fraction of the price of the same surgery performed in the United States, the UK, or Canada.

Medical tourism companies around the globe use this important fact as the basis for their marketing promotions, emphasizing that getting surgery abroad can cost about 75% less than it would in the United States or the UK.

But what about safety? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has published the report, “Medical  Tourism: Is it Safe?”to highlight many of the disadvantages of having cosmetic procedures abroad. The ASPS encourages patients considering medical procedures overseas to make sure that the physician is qualified and to thoroughly research the facility.  It’s also important to find out what the post-operative care plan is, and how the physician plans to handle any complications that may arise. For many patients, dealing with complications overseas can be stressful and risky, and they may not be able to find the treatment they need if they are carrying certain types of insurance, or do not have the funds to pay for doctor’s visits.

Still, many Americans are hopping aboard a plane to get their procedures from Argentinean doctors that they have researched thoroughly and read testimonials about. According to Dr. Williams Bukret, a surgeon in Buenos Aires who performs nearly 200 plastic surgery procedures per year in Argentina, “You can get excellent plastic surgery here at two or three times less than the cost in the United States or Europe.” (Source: CNN.com)

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Medical Tourism Company Offers Free Liposuction for 1000th Patient

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 24, 2009

j0438472In an effort to stimulate business for the medical tourism market, Columbia-based medical tourism company Cosmetic Harmony has announced a special offer for its lineup of patients. The 1,000th patient to sign up for the Brazilian butt augmentation procedure will receive free  liposuction from one of the plastic surgeons at the agency, and can have their procedure in conjunction with the butt augmentation procedure if they choose.

Dr. Nelson Chaves, one of the plastic surgeons at Cosmetic Harmony, states that “I take pride to be a part of Colombia’s leading agencies. Cosmetic Harmony has helped me become the best plastic surgeon that I am now. It is time to give it back to our customers.”

Cosmetic Harmony has been offering medical tourism packages to U.S., U.K. and other consumers for several years, and has enjoyed tremendous growth as demand for specialized procedures such as the Brazilian butt lift have become popular in the past decade. The company offers complete assistance for booking the overseas appointments, scheduling accommodations for the patients, and assigning a bilingual personal assistant to help the patient during their healing process.

Patients that sign up for a procedure with Cosmetic Harmony often pay a fraction of the cost of the procedure in the United States or Europe. One of the key benefits of medical tourism in South America is that procedures can cost up to 70 percent less than those in the United States. This means Americans and Europeans can reduce the cost of their procedure, even if they have to pay a little extra for the flight and accommodations.

Cosmetic Harmony works with several South American-board certified doctors and a qualified staff of physician assistants to ensure the procedures are completed as safely as possible. The free liposuction incentive is the first of its kind offered by a medical tourism company in South America.

(Source: TreatmentAbroad.com)

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Miami Cosmetic Surgery Center Now Offering Bikini Body Packages

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 26, 2009

CB108183Bikini season is right around the corner, which means more people are opting for quick-fix cosmetic procedures and liposuction to achieve their beach-ready look. Cosmetic Harmony, a medical tourism company based in Colombia, has recently launched its lineup of ‘Bikini Body Combos’ specifically for beach lovers.

The experts there report that they see a significant increase in demand for specific procedures like liposuction, tummy tucks, breast jobs and thigh toning during March and the rest of spring season as more women look for ways to freshen up their looks before summer.

Cosmetic Harmony has experienced a significant increase in both new and returning clients who want combination procedures, and they’ve made it possible for more people to have them by reducing the prices and offering combo procedures as a package. Individuals interested in liposuction and thigh toning, or breast enhancement and tummy tucks, can now purchase a package and save a few hundred dollars.

Cosmetic Harmony offers a number of attractively priced packages for foreigners. A sampling of some of the combination procedures include:

Eyelid surgery + Nasal labial fold fat injections: Regularly $3,285, promotional price = $2,685

Face Lift + Eyelid Surgery: Regularly $7,825, promotional price = $6,785

Breast Augmentation + Abdominal Liposuction + Etching: Regularly $5,580, promotional price = $4,985

These procedures can cost up to five times more at cosmetic and plastic surgery centers in the United States and Europe, and the surgeons of Cosmetic Harmony have been fully trained and certified by the Colombian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does warn all individuals who are considering cosmetic surgery overseas to do some research about the center they are going to, read all the ‘fine print’ in the contracts and disclosures, and confirm that the surgeon they will be seeing has been certified by the country’s national plastic surgery boards and medical boards.

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UK Experiencing Surge in Cosmetic Surgery Despite Economy

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 21, 2009

British one pound coinThe American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently released statistics for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2008, and results show a 12% decrease in total demand in the United States.

However, similar trends are not appearing overseas; the United Kingdom is reporting a significant increase in demand for cosmetic procedures, despite the sagging economy.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reports that the number of surgical procedures in 2008 tripled since 2003, and that some of the most sought-after procedures were breast augmentation, tummy tucks and male breast reduction.

Overall, demand for surgical procedures increased 5% from 2007, with a total of 34,187 surgical procedures performed by BAAPS members. Breast augmentation procedures increased by 30%, tummy tucks also increased by 30%, and male breast reduction increased by an impressive 44% from the previous year. Other top procedures included otoplasty (ear correction surgery) and male brow lift procedures. (Source: Baaps.org.uk)

Many Americans have been heading to U.K. territory to save money on the costs of procedures without compromising safety. However, it looks like Britons are still some of the top candidates for these procedures; many are also turning to non-invasive procedures such as Botox and other dermal fillers to improve their appearance.

Other countries that have been shielded from the economic downturn include Thailand, Bangkok and Malaysia. Cosmetic surgery centers and plastic surgery clinics here are enjoying a boost in business as patients turn to medical tourism to save money.

These medical tourism destinations offer attractive packages and discounts for Americans and Europeans looking for some of today’s most sought after procedures including breast augmentation, liposuction and facelift surgery at prices of up to 75% off standard rates. Many doctors at these facilities have been trained in the U.S. or the U.K.; however, still, people are cautioned to learn about the many risks involved with having cosmetic surgery overseas.

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Cosmetic Surgery Prices Hit New Lows in Colombia and Shanghai

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 2, 2009

saving1While many Americans forgo cosmetic and plastic surgery this year in hopes of saving money, some are capitalizing on attractive exchange rates abroad, and turning into medical tourists to enjoy a cosmetic procedure overseas.

Recently published statistics show that Colombia and Shanghai are among the top destinations where cosmetic surgery rates are dropping dramatically. Surgery centers in these countries are boasting complete cosmetic surgery packages for a fraction of the cost of the procedure in the U.S.; in some cases, the discount is as much as 70 percent off.

According to a recent press release from Cosmetic Harmony, a medical tourism company specializing in complete cosmetic surgery packages and headquartered in Colombia, “The Dollar, Euro and Pound have recently gained significant strength to the Colombian Peso…this is driving down the prices of cosmetic surgery in Colombia and making procedures even more affordable than they were.”

In Shanghai, demand for cosmetic surgery is soaring for both locals and visitors alike. According to Dr. Liao Yuhua, president of the Shanghai Time Plastic Surgery Hospital, there has been a 45 percent increase in demand for surgeries at this center, and many procedures were performed on foreigners. Advances in medicine, well-trained and qualified doctors, and comfortable surgery centers are driving many people to China where they can enjoy plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures priced well below the U.S. market price. Dr. Liao also explains that cosmetic surgeries in Shanghai are not as expensive as those in Korea or Japan; Shanghai still offers quality services and procedures are performed by highly-trained doctors, but the prices are much more affordable because of exchange rates and the acceptable market price of the region. (Source: ChannelNewsASisa.com)

Medical tourism offers several benefits for Americans who are anxious to get their procedure but don’t want to pay a high price; however, getting cosmetic surgery overseas does present a number of disadvantages and drawbacks. Learn more about the pros and cons of medical tourism here.

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Malaysia Poised to Be Next Medical Tourism Destination of Choice

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 22, 2008

As more Americans look for alternatives to costly cosmetic procedures during the economic recession, many medical tourism companies and overseas cosmetic surgery providers are dropping their rates and fees to capture the market.

Medical tourism has taken a hit during the economic slump as fewer Americans jump onto the plane for a cosmetic surgery retreat.  However, medical tourism still offers some of the most affordable treatment packages for otherwise costly procedures; tummy tucks, facelifts and liposuction procedures that can cost upwards of $10,000 in the United States are priced under $2,000 in some countries in Asia and South America.  Now, the tourism board of Malaysia is working hard to tap into the medical tourism market to position Malaysia as a top medical tourism destination.

The medical tourism agency Perfect Enhancement Sdn Bhd (PESB) points out that Malaysia is one of the most affordable countries to have cosmetic surgery from licensed and experienced surgeons.  The Asian market continues to attract many medical tourists, and extensive surgery such as breast implants and tummy tucks are priced at a fraction of prices in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

In Malaysia, the medical tourism trend is going strong but competing for travelers who are heading to Thailand, the Philippines or India for their cosmetic surgery procedure.

While demand for medical tourism packages is expected to decline significantly in 2009 as more patients delay their surgery, it is expected to pick up shortly after the economy picks up in early 2010. According to a recent press release published in pbtimes.com, the PESB is hoping to capture 10 per cent of the cosmetic surgery market in the next five years, and will be looking for new ways to promote several of the leading plastic surgery and medical facilities in Malaysia in order to achieve its long-term goals.

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Quest for Perfection Fuels Plastic Surgery Trends in the Far East

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 28, 2008

The ‘ideal beauty’ defined by the mainstream media in the Western world doesn’t stay within the U.S. or European borders; sociologists and market researchers are tracking the influence of Western culture on countries such as Thailand, India and Malaysia, indicating that many Western ideals are now a mainstay of foreign cultures and stereotypes.

So much so, that countries in the eastern Pacific Rim are picking up on the ‘quest for perfection’ by offering more plastic and cosmetic surgery ‘fixes’ for the masses, and even catering to foreign visitors with makeover holidays and the latest innovative treatments.

According to the International Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (IASPS), Japan, South Korea, Australia and Taiwan are the top four out of 15 countries with the most aesthetic procedures performed. (Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)

Researchers are finding more of the Far East’s youth are turning to some form of cosmetic surgery to enhance their looks to achieve an ‘ideal’, and some countries such as Taiwan are experiencing rapid growth in demand for cosmetic procedures; nearly double the amount than five years ago.

Americans looking for affordable plastic surgery abroad can also turn to countries in Asia to get the treatment they need at a fraction of the cost of U.S.-based procedures.

Thailand and India continue to be prime locations for medical tourism, offering low-cost procedures as part of a complete vacation package.  Consumers are advised to research and investigate these facilities to make sure the practice does not have a track record of malpractice or unsanitary conditions.  Still, there are several places that offer safe treatments, especially if the surgeon has studied and obtained certification from a Western country.

Cultural pressures related to body image abroad may be similar to those that are prevalent in the U.S. and Europe; youthful, wrinkle-free skin; a slim figure; plump lips; and sculpted cheekbones are just a few prominent features of the ‘ideal beauty’ that lives not only in the Western world, but also in the Far East.

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