First class cosmetic surgery at Third World prices?
Most of us look for a bit of sun, sea and sand when we embark on our yearly holiday.
But how would you fancy combining that desired tummy tuck or face lift with that well earned rest?
South African cosmetic surgeons are now offering people the chance to have a luxury holiday and a spot of plastic surgery for less than the price of an operation in Britain.
Surgery in South Africa costs only a third that of the UK. In Britain a facelift costs on average GBP 9,000, while its equivalent in South Africa, including a stay in a luxury hotel and a post-op safari comes to around GBP 3,500.
Tour operators are increasingly offering packages that include a consultation via email and telephone or face-to-face to reassure those who fear that standards may be lower abroad. But in reality the operation is likely to be just as safe as in the UK. According to President of the Royal Society of Medicine's Plastic Surgery Brain Coghlan, plastic surgery qualifications in South Africa are equal to those in Britain.