If you’re looking for a little reconstruction with your
recreation, there are plenty of global hotspots willing to take
your foreign funds.
by Karen Loftus
Today, many are crossing borders in search of medical
immediacy and lower cost healthcare due to rising costs
and longer waits at home. Medical tourism is now a global
phenomenon with new regions on the rise as several
countries continue to capitalize on their areas of expertise from the
Thai tuck to the Brazilian booty. Whether you’re looking for a heart
valve, hip or a lift, do your research well in advance, as the cream
will rise to the top. Here are three red-hot regions and three facilities
where the pleasure far outweighs the pain.
Brazil or Bust!
Brazil, known as the world capital of plastic surgery, has a long history
in the market. According to Michael Boeckle, proprietor of Cosmetic
Vacations based in Brazil, it’s all about quality, not quantity. Boeckle
and Brazil take the business very seriously. Unlike in the U.S., where
many procedures are simply done in an office, in Brazil they are not
only done in a hospital, but in specific, plastic-surgery-only hospitals.
While clients flock to Brazil from all over the world, a shocking
90 percent of their clients are American. The trend for Americans is to
focus on the body first — breasts, lipo, tucks and the world-renowned
Brazilian booty. Europeans, on the other hand, are more likely to go
face first, with body procedures coming in second.
The Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery prohibits the listing of
prices online or otherwise as all treatments and procedures are extremely
personalized. “We are not selling used cars,” according to Boeckle. But,
expect a 30 to 50 percent decrease from U.S. fees. A new trend with
Cosmetic Vacations will be visits to U.S. cities starting this fall, where
doctors will work one on one with potential patients. All the guesswork
will be worked out well in advance. Expect to stay a minimum of one
week and as long as three or four in Rio, Porto Bay or the Copacabana
South African Queen
Lorraine Melville, founder of Surgeon and Safari, spearheaded the
surgical safari movement in South Africa in 1999 and is a world
leader in Surgical Tourism. According to Melville, she commands
the marketplace and is known for offering the highest quality of
medical standards at a competitive price. Her ethical, top-tier team
may be scheduled to perform a facelift and tummy tuck, but if the
patient’s blood is not up to par on arrival, the tuck will be postponed
because safety is paramount.
Melville initially housed her visiting clients in Orient Express
Hotels until they caught sight of her palatial digs where everyone
feels right at home. She’s able to house as many as six patients, which
can be a mix of prominent men and women, journalists, government
officials and, of course, celebrities.
As you might guess, stays vary in length. A ten-day, all-inclusive
stay complete with safari and a breast reduction will run $7,586,
while a 12-day face, eyelift and safari will run $11,417 (flight
not included). Rest assured that Melville is fully invested in you
and your every detail from email one. Surgeon-And-Safari.co.za.
Ladies who Lunch, Lounge and Lift
If serious surgery isn’t your thing, perhaps lighter fare — or prevention — is more your style. The Anti-Aging Center at Paraiso de la Bonita
Resort & Thalasso on the Mexican Riviera may be just the ticket. The
hotel features the only Thalassotherapy spa (thalassotherapy refers
to the medical use of seawater) in North America. Once on site at
the intimate luxury resort, all clients receive complimentary initial
consultations where skin analysis and medical history are carefully
reviewed, and treatment plans are formulated.
Aside from an exceptional spa with several services, the center
provides a series of treatments like Chelation Therapy ($400), which
removes heavy metals and minerals from blood, Biocell Ultravital to
treat organ deficiencies, and finally, Platelet Rich Plasma ($250) and
Human Umbilical Cord Implant ($5,000), both of which accelerate
cell and tissue regeneration. Fear not, your basic Botox, peels,
Mesotherapy, Restylane and fillers are all on deck, as is a Featherlift
($1,300), the threading facelift, which has been a recent fave for famous
faces. Prices are industry standard, but the service is the best there is.