Aussies Head Overseas For Cosmetic Surgery

  Treatments: Cosmetic   Tags: Australia

With procedures in some locations costing around half of the prices in WA, medical tourism is on the rise as more and more people opt to combine surgery with a holiday.

Rebecca Degenaar, owner of Restored Beauty Getaways - a Perth-based cosmetic surgery travel firm - said that she flew up to 50 people a month to Thailand for a range of procedures, the most popular being breast augmentation, breast lifts, tummy tucks, facelifts and liposuction.

But it's not just cosmetic surgery people are after - some are going for otherwise pricey dental work, LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) eye surgery, Botox, teeth bleaching and more.

Favourable exchange rates, lower labour costs and lower running costs mean that these medical procedures can be offered at prices well below those available in Australia.

And while price was a big motivator for many people, Miss Degenaar said that the opportunity to have a holiday away from housework, children and other commitments was part of the attraction.

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