"Patients can meet their surgeons in Britain beforehand, and even add on a safari trip afterwards, with the stress on private patient care rather than cheap alternatives."
Lorraine Melvill, has been running Surgeon & Safari, a South African medical tourism facilitator for over ten years. She talked to IMTJ about the changing face of African Medical Tourism and the importance of standardising Medical Tourism Associations and facilitators across the world.
Well I'm home now for a couple of weeks and miss you and South Africa verymuch. Cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting with you and experiencing your friendship the whole time I was there. You made me feel so comfortable and secure, but most important that I made a friend whom I could trust implicitly...
I live in Mozambique and I did the operation about 5 weeks ago. Lorraine is great and Rick is very professional. Will you stay with Lorraine? I would strongly recommend that, she was extremely helpful during the whole process and is very open and warm as a person. I was also very nervous before the operation and sent Rick lots of questions. I had thought about doing this operation about 5 years, so it was really a big thing for me. I think one part of the process was for myself to "let go" and trust Rick and Lorraine, without any family and friends around, I am normally used to be in control.
Also I have never been at a hospital so that part was new for me as well. The scars (lower part of nipple area) are now healing nicely and already they are getting difficult to see. The size is great - I was quite firm I did not want big breasts, so I have 180 ml in each, quite small implants in other words. I was swollen afterwards but stopped eating painkillers after about a week. I am very happy with my "new" body.
By Michelle Higgins
17TH APRIL 2002
Some agents spotted opportunities in niche markets ahead of the current industry shakeout. For instance, Lorraine Melvill's Surgeon & Safari, of Johannesburg, was born three years ago after a relative got a facelift in South Africa at a price well below U.S. fees.
Ms. Melvill says she does a brisk business arranging trips for tourists who want affordable South African cosmetic surgery, either in Cape Town or Johannesburg, with a safari vacation rolled in. Clients usually do the safari first, then go under the knife; they spend the rest of the trip recuperating in a five-star hotel tended by a personal assistant.
Tourists to South Africa come home with more than a tan after a "scalpel safari".
MARIANNE HERON reports.
A new breed of tourist to South Africa is returning home with more than a tan to account for their glowing good looks. The secret lies not only in the holiday of a lifetime in game parks or the Cape winelands but the chance to transform face or figure at the same time.
"Nose jobs, boob enhancements, tummy-tucks and more - they're stacking up as South Africa's biggest medical bargain bash ever."
By Yom Nevin
Foreigners flock to South African
GP's and surgeons
Travel: A surgical break?
SONIA EVANS WAS starting to feel desperate. A 39-year-old mother of two, she had piled on the pounds during both pregnancies. She had also recently divorced. Her confidence was at a low ebb until she read about Surgeon & Safari.
James Ellis investigates.
What's your travel-bug? Read the full story
Going To Extremes
Aug. 5, 2004
48 Hours takes a look at how more and more people are going to extremes to physically improve their appearance and achieve an edge in life.
I can't thank you enough for your promptness and professionalism, not to mention your warmth and friendly demeanor. I am very nervous about undergoing such a surgery, but I feel so confident that I am spreading the news to family and friends alike. I have located a camera (I still do not have scanning capability for my computer.... just never got around to it) and will be taking the pictures within the next week. I look so forward to meeting all of you and seeing your beautiful country.
As always, Pam
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