Holiday for a change

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am

People are taking cosmetic surgery to the next level by going on overseas holidays for a nip here and a tuck there. Often nicknamed trip/tuck, these overseas stays involve the surgical procedure and are holiday packages that include resort stay, sightseeing tours, massages and spas.

Louise Cogan, director of Gorgeous Getaways, a company that specialises in beauty and cosmetic holidays, says there are a few reasons why these holidays are getting more popular.

The first is because the price of the entire package is often a small portion of what people pay for a single surgical procedure in their own countries. And they get more value for their money - people who go on these holidays get hospital stay, private nursing care and potentially a resort stay thrown in.

Secondly, it is because of the high quality service provided by experienced surgeons and nurses. Places in Asia, such as Malaysia and Thailand, have good hospitals and British-trained surgeons.

And these holidays offer privacy, which is especially important for people who want to have a new start in life, according to Cogan.

Eve Tomred (name changed), who had breast augmentation surgery and botox injections in Bangkok, was impressed by the service and 'could not fault a thing'.

She chose a cosmetic surgery holiday because the surgery prices in her home country were a lot higher and, more importantly, because of the reputation of cosmetic surgeons in Thailand.

'After researching and talking to friends, I found out the reputation for cosmetic surgery [in my home country] is not good, whereas I have many friends who have had excellent first-hand experiences with fantastic results in Bangkok,' Tomred says. 'Consequently, they could recommend a hospital and a surgeon for me.'

Not only women go on these types of holidays. Cogan says that an increasing number of men are signing up for these packages, although the majority are women. Statistics provided by Gorgeous Getaways show that 90 per cent of the people who go for their cosmetic surgery holidays are women and 10 per cent are men.

The types of cosmetic surgery people get vary, but there are some overall trends. Women aged between 40 and 65 years generally get multicosmetic surgeries during one holiday. Younger women tend to get breast augmentations, tummy tucks or liposuction. Men usually opt for a nose job or a face lift.

People are often told to concentrate on inner beauty. But Dr Gordon Ma, a local cosmetic surgeon, says that it is difficult as society is so critical nowadays and people 'want to look like other people'.

Ma's advice for people who want cosmetic surgery is 'do it for yourself' and not for other people who judge and criticise your body.