Beauty Obsession! 9 Countries Travelers Go For Plastic Surgeries

BY WENDY HUNG

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In every continent, there’s a country where people travel to for some major cosmetic procedures. And we’re not talking about breast implants in Beverly Hills. For example, pop stars and celebrities in Korea are known to have the “perfect faces”, where both females and even males have had their eye lids done, added extra bridges to their noses, or shaved off their jaw bones to make their faces look smaller.

In recent decades, beauty standards seem to have crossed cultural and racial barriers. It seems that women of all nationalities want to attain big breasts, long legs, big eyes, full lips, high cheekbones and the perfect nose – ones that are neither pumpy, nor too flat.

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Whether you’re for or against plastic surgeries, the truth is that millions of people travel to spend thousands of dollars on such drastic makeovers. Here are nine countries that have a global reputation for making anyone’s beauty dreams come true.

1. Brazil

As one of the most popular countries for plastic surgeries, Brazilian girls are used to receiving breast implants as sweet sixteen birthday presents. For travelers who head to Brazil to go under the knife, they are often treated like royalty. Brazilian clinics provide privacy and treatment without the glaring judgments of friends and family. Though travelers must be warned that deaths do happen and can be caused by surgeries, so please beware.

How much? A face-lift in the U.S. costs an average of $6,000 while in Brazil, it is only USD $1,900.

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2. Iran

It isn’t uncommon to see women with white little strips on their noses in Iran. As covered up as females are required to be with their dress codes, Iranians are known for a desire to attain “doll faces.” The medical programs in Iran are some of the best in the world, thus travelers in Middle East often head to Iran for a forehead lift, a tummy tuck or an easy breezy nose job. And the clientele also includes men who want to look thinner and younger.

How much? A nose job is around USD $2,000 and  a tummy tuck is approximately $1,200 – $2,800. A facelift is about $1,200 – $2,400, while a forehead lift can go up to USD $6,000.

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3. Thailand

Best known for transgender plastic surgeries. Some popular procedures done in Thailand include: breast implants, Adam’s apple shaving, cheek implants…etc. Because of the lower costs, Thailand has grown to be a huge hub for travelers who want plastic surgeries without breaking the bank.

How much? Adam’s apple shaving costs USD $800, nose reshaping goes for $2,000 while cheek implants run for $1,400.

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4. South Korea

So common in Korea that plastic surgeries aren’t shocking anymore. The national show “Let’s Beauty” often features drastic makeovers that are completely unrecognizable. In the last decade, South Korea has become the center for going under the knife in Asia. And word on the street is, they do it well.

How much? A nose job would be around USD $5,000 – $8,000. Jaw contouring is somewhere around $4,500 or more while jaw shaving runs for $8,900. Ab surgeries go for $4,000 or more, thigh surgeries are around $4,600 and arm surgeries go for $2,200. But of course, each clinic differs.

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5. Switzerland

Whether foreigners want to look younger or undergo reconstructive surgeries after accidents, they’ve been flocking to Switzerland for the expertise in aesthetic enhancement. The main attraction here for medical tourism is that the Swiss really focuses on art and discretion. Swiss doctors treat plastic surgeries as art, so the results don’t appear as too obvious like having work done. Confidentiality is also part of the culture’s respect and careful attention to the needs of patients.

How much? Face lifts run for USD $15,000 each, breast enlargements go for $13,000, a tummy tuck is also around  $15,000, and a liposuction would be around $6,600.

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6. Poland

The rise of medical tourism in Poland has been due to: Poland’s access to the EU, an increasing number of budget airlines flying to Polish cities and the disparity in cost between cosmetic surgery prices in Poland and other less developed European countries. Hence, Europeans have also been flocking to Poland for a few fix-me-ups.

How much? Breast enlargements go for USD $4,100, nose corrections run for $3,500, a tummy tuck would cost around $3,800 while a butt implant goes for $5,700.

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7. China

Believe it or not, 2 million facial reconstructing surgeries are completed in China each year. This goes from higher cheekbones, narrower jawlines, bigger eyes to good old nose jobs. Surgeries in China now are performed in modern, well-equipped, licensed facilities, so prices now have risen to higher than those in Western countries.

How much? A Double eyelid surgery would go for USD $1,500, jaw reshaping runs around $9,000 while jawline and cheek bone reshaping together costs $15,000. Beware: there are numerous underground beauty salons that perform surgeries illegally and offer a double eyelid surgery for $180.

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8. Hawaii

Eyelid surgeries are actually quite a big deal in Hawaii. Those who believe their eyes are too small, often want a cut on their lids to create an extra lid or to remove loose skin on the eyelid. Another cosmetic surgery that is extremely popular in Hawaii is eyeliner and eyebrow tattooing.

How much? Mommy makeovers (include: a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and possibly a breast lift) costs $20,000 or more, and an eyeliner or an eyebrow tattooing costs $150 each. 

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9. South Africa

You wouldn’t think safaris and rhinoplasties go together, but many luxury medical spas in South African now provide cosmetic procedures followed by explorations through wildlife and glamorous wine tours. Dental work and cheek augmentations are also popular surgical operations done in this part of the world.

How much? For a breast augmentation procedure, it costs USD $3,600, a facelift is approximately $5,000 while a liposuction is also around $4,500.

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Note: Jetset Times and the team does not condone plastic surgeries. This is merely a report of a global trend pertaining to the subject of medical tourism.

13 Comments
  1. This past decade there has been a growing trend in the number of travelers seeking cosmetic surgery abroad. Going overseas for many procedures is something that patients have always considered because the cost of the international surgery is far cheaper than in their home country and the quality is even greater. Every patient should also consider the cost of transportation involved, because flights can make up a significant portion of the overall cost. If a patient is only having a minor surgery, there would be no point going abroad for the procedure because it would be impractical. That’s why many people who consider plastic surgery abroad opt to have multiple procedures, because it can bring significant amount of savings.

  2. I’m against of Plastic Surgery
    I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification.
    Plastic surgery can’t make you younger or more beautiful, because beauty is in your eyes, isn’t it? It’s in your soul; you can’t strap it on.
    I have never had plastic surgery.One thing I think celebrities shy away from is exposing the reality that we’re all the same. Somebody’s not more important because they have big house or a famous boyfriend or plastic surgery – we’re all the same.

    1. I have had plastic surgery and nobody knows what I’ve had done. I look terrific, I feel terrific and now I’m 69yrs.old and look about 55yrs.old I’m so happy that it exists. I consider it on a par with going to the dentist. If I need a filling the dentist does it. if I look less than good the plastic surgeon fixes it. No big deal. In fact my husband traveled and while he was away I had a mini-face lift, he didn’t even notice anything different. Neither did any of my friends.

  3. As plastic surgery treatments are increasing its trends people are exposed to two sides of it. When I thought of having a nose job, an online search will give you huge cases of both success and failures of rhinoplasty. But I always had figured it out and went on with it. There are many factors do need to take care before finalizing the treatment. First and most, don’t try to have the type other, especially celebrities opted for them. Your face features are different from others, so try figure out what will suit you the best.
    There are few things that one should confirm before a nose job. This might be helpful: http://www.rhinoplasty.ca/rhinoplasty/rhinoplasty-20-questions-to-ask-your-rhinoplasty-surgeon/

  4. It is nice to know about this post. I’m looking for this kind of post and great that i have found it. For more information on medical tourism, visit medicaltourism-guide.com

  5. Good information as I’m looking to have my plastic surgery done in Thailand (or South Korea) next year. Think the medical tourism is booming in Thailand now as I have been offered from various medical agencies in AU about having a plastic surgery in Bangkok from high quality hospitals and qualified surgeons at competitive cost. I’m planning to do the BA though. Still researching on the process and the expected result I would like to have.

  6. Czech Republic is missing. I was in Prague for my new breasts. I had recommendation from my friend. And she was right. Better price, better care, great surgeons. CR is also really close to UK. I didnť want to travel really far for my surgery. I don’t regret my stay at Forme clinic. It was really great experience and Prague has its atmosphere.

  7. looking for a dr in Switzerland or Paris…. how do you find the best? not just going for prices but who you can really trust.

  8. Plastic Surgery: To be or not to be?

    Pros:
    1. Can repair a damaged skin (burn, displacement, born defects)
    2. Can build or restore self confidence
    3. Can be more socially acceptable

    Cons:
    1. Might overestimate the positive social engagement
    2. Complications
    3. 30% regret that they went through
    4. Need time to get used to new self

    If one decides will undergo surgery, it is very important to be able to research that the clinic performing the procedure is JCI or ISAPS accreditation, doctors are qualified and their profile revealed before the procedure so that enough time is spent. Make sure you talk to doctor at least once before the procedure. Compare 2-3 similar clinics!

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