COSMETIC SURGERY NOT ONLY FOR THE RICH

BY CARLA VAN DER SPUY - LOERIE 40 PLUS MAGAZINE

Once the domain of the rich and famous, cosmetic or "plastic" surgery has become increasingly popular among ordinary people. It is not deemed a luxury any more but in our society, which places a large emphasis on looks, many consider it a necessity.

Dr Dirk Lazarus, a plastic surgeon from Cape Town explains that cosmetic surgery is a multi-faceted surgical discipline."It is a medical speciality practiced by highly trained doctors."

He interestingly notes that men are increasingly opting for plastic surgery. In fact, depending on the procedure men make up between 15 and 40 percent of his patients! 'People feel better when they look better,' he simply says.

South Africa has become known for cosmetic surgery and safaris aimed at overseas visitors. One of the reasons besides the excellent reputation of our surgeons, is the affordability due to South Africa's attractive exchange rate. Surgical Attractions is one such medical tourism company specialising in Cosmetic Surgery.

Leading surgeons are not 'chosen off their website' but clients are rather encouraged not only to email their medical history and their GP's contact details to the company, but also a detailed account of their personal desires and aspirations for the outcome of their surgery. These personal requirements are thereafter matched to the most suitable surgeon for the clients' needs.

Another feature of Surgical Attractions is the great emphasis they place on post-operative care. To this end they have structured an association with one of South Africa's biggest travel companies that can recommend the best lodges and hotels in the country. Medical tourists are also in a position to explore South Africa and have choice of bush safaris, wineland tours, golf estate getaways and country and coastal escapes.

Surgical Attractions' website is www.surgicalattractions.com and their e-mail address is info@surgicalattractions.com.