Demand for ‘cosmetic surgery tourism’ has risen. The number of people travelling overseas for treatments has more than doubled in the past two years, according to new research by private healthcare search engine WhatClinic.com that identified also cosmetic surgery tourism hotspots.
Forget jetting away to find sun and tropical beaches, millions of Brits are now using their holidays as an opportunity to undergo cosmetic surgery. The ability to get cheaper treatments is the main reason more people are opting to have dentures, boob jobs and bottom lifts abroad. Even with the cost of flights and hotels, the total spend adds up to less than half of the bill for private surgery in the UK.
Cosmetic Surgery Tourism Hotspots
For example, Thailand has proven a hotspot for dentures, with demand soaring by 320 per cent in the past year. On average a full set of dentures costs £184 in Bangkok, which is £256 cheaper than in the UK.
Eastern Europe (esp. the Baltics & Poland) boasts the largest number of hubs for cosmetic tourism, as short flights and cheap fares with budget airlines prove popular with patients.
Hungary is also quickly becoming a renowned hot spot for cosmetic dentistry and a preferred choice for those who don’t fancy flying to the other side of the world in search of the perfect smile. The country has seen a 172 per cent increase in demand for dental implants, while lingual braces are up by almost a fifth in the past year alone. Dental implants in the UK will set you back £1,928 but in Hungary the same procedure costs a quarter of the price (£500).
The Czech Republic has seen a 304 per cent increase in interest for nose jobs in the past year, with an average procedure costing £847, versus £3,557 in the UK.
Meanwhile, those looking for breast implants are heading to the Baltics. Enquiries there have risen by 57 per cent in the past year. With flights taking just over two hours and costing as little as £42 return from London to Vilnius, Kaunas or Riga, patients can look to still make considerable savings by paying £1,972 in Lithuania for the operation, instead of £3,736 in Britain.