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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 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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Beauty and Cosmetic Industry Continues to Boom in Brazil

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 31, 2010

In the wake of the recent slump in demand for cosmetic and plastic procedures in the United States, countries including Brazil are reporting an overall increase in demand for many aesthetic procedures and beauty treatments.

Salons, spas, and even plastic surgery centers are reporting a significant increase in demand for beauty treatments and cosmetic procedures, and the market for beauty products and cosmetics continues to rise at steady rate.

According to a recent story in Gulf News, “the recent transformation in the lives of ordinary Brazilians owes much to the low inflation and economic stability brought by orthodox economic policies since the mid-1990s – a floating exchange rate, inflation targeting by the central bank and steady reductions in public debt – and to the expansion of income transfer programmes under President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva since 2003.” (Source:

What this means for the beauty and cosmetic industry is that many Brazilian doctors and beauty professionals have been able to build new businesses or keep their existing business afloat even during troubled economic times overseas. In many cases, U.S. residents and Europeans have been traveling to Brazil to undergo pricey procedures such as breast augmentation, buttocks augmentation, liposuction and tummy tucks at Brazilian cosmetic and plastic surgery centers just to save on costs.

Brazil, and many other South American countries, are famous for their “medical tourism” packages where plastic and cosmetic surgery centers offer attractively-priced packages on popular procedures including liposuction, breast implants and facial plastic surgery at a fraction of the average market cost in the United States. In some cases, the discount can be as much as 50% or more off the standard price for the procedure.

The American Society of Plastic Surgery warns that it’s still important to do research about the surgeon , and also to get information about the track record of the plastic or aesthetic surgery center overseas, before booking that appointment.

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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:

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 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:

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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.


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Lunchtime Laser Liposuction Unveiled in Hawaii

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 25, 2009

CB024581After several years of success in the United States and Europe, laser liposuction has finally made its way to the islands of Hawaii.

Lunchtime lipo is now officially available in Honolulu, and has already attracted hundreds of residents and visitors looking for a quick and simple way to lose a  few pounds of body fat. Lunchtime lipo procedures are performed in under an hour, and are typically performed under local anesthesia.

The procedure can help to get rid of a few pounds or ounces of excess body fat around the hips, thighs, buttocks, waistline or underarms, and is a relatively painless procedure. Patients can return to their regular activities immediately after the procedure, but are advised to refrain from especially strenuous activities, and to keep the incisions out of the sun.

Doctors in Hawaii say that having the laser machine available for patients who aren’t able to get rid of a few ‘vanity’ pounds from diet and exercise alone has allowed many people to enjoy the benefits of the latest technological advances in the industry. Dr. Shim Ching, a board-certified plastic surgeon at The Queen’s Medical Center, is the first surgeon in the state to offer the lunchtime laser liposuction procedure, also known as SlimLipo.

The procedure has been available for just over a month, and patients are already enjoying amazing results. Dr. Ching says he notices that there is very little swelling involved, and little pain. (Source:

People undergoing the SlimLipo procedure can also expect to have fewer cuts and bruises because the procedure involves making a very small incision through the belly button or other areas where the cannula can be inserted. The area is heated to break down the fat cells, and the fat is extracted in one clean sweep. The scar heals very quickly after the procedure, and no injury to the surrounding tissues occurs.

As the state begins to roll out more of these innovative procedures, Hawaii may soon become one of the top destinations for cosmetic surgery vacations and medical retreats.

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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:

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:

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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