Tummy tuck and ancient cathedrals. Face lifts and renaissance castles. Nose jobs and thermal waters. Breast enhancement and breathtaking views. In other words, plastic surgery vacations at an exotic place and kill two birds with one operation.
The latest couples activity? Double surgery, especially for baby boomers particularly attracted to the special health+vacation packages, according to preliminary conclusions published by a group of university researchers from Great Britain and Australia. Their study, the “Sun, Sand and Silicon Project,” follows Australians and Britons who traveled to popular cosmetic tourist meccas, documenting their experience in an effort to understand the cosmetic-surgery tourism process.
Judging by the Internet offers from medical centers, private clinics, individual doctors, organizations and web sites, as well as from tour operators and hotels, there’s something for everybody: Special tours for mothers and daughters, couples that want to share an eye lift experience, and special group discounts for friends looking to shave off a few years together (check our offers).
According to a popular Swiss clinic, Chinese clients tend to ask for eye corrections to make their eyes rounder; Saudis are more interested in weight loss, liposuction and tummy tucks; Russians go for breast implants and face lifts.
The most popular destinations for plastic surgery vacations
The cosmetic surgery-tourism industry is on the rise, especially in Eastern Europe.
Kaunas, for example, has become one of the “niche destinations” for plastic- and dental-surgery vacations. Certainly the Czech Republic appears at the top of the list, along with Hungary and Poland, as among the most visited, experienced and reliable destinations for cosmetic-surgery tourism among Europeans, Americans and nationals from other countries with rapidly growing middle classes.
For the more affluent, though, particularly from China, the Middle East, and Russia, more “traditional” destinations such as France, the U.K. and Switzerland still reign supreme.