SCALPEL SAFARIS

BY RORY CARROLL - THE GUARDIAN

Travelling abroad for operations is not new but this latest form has grown so fast as to be dubbed a hedonistic illustration of global supply and demand. The flesh is willing and the rand is weak.

For clients the appeals are obvious. Despite a recent rally, South Africa's currency is feeble compared with the pound, dollar and euro. More of the Britons who spend £200m on cosmetic surgery each year have woken up to the fact that operations in Johannesburg or Cape Town can be a third of the price at home.