Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This proverbs still holds today. Yet, many sought after cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance thus boosting the confidence. Having a nicer jaw or less plump cheek is a dream for many.
However, rising healthcare, especially in cosmetic surgery costs in western nations such as US and UK, make healthcare in developing nations attractive to many. The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ), a leading journal in the field reports that many patients prefer to get healthcare abroad for cheaper and quality treatment abroad.
Cost saving in getting healthcare abroad can be jarring. World Health Organization recent report about medical tourism in 2013 stated that a patient in US seeking heart bypass procedure would be looking at a total bill around $113.000. Meanwhile, in Singapore, a patient can have the life-saving procedure for just $20.000.
Not without reasons, developing nations such as Malaysia, Brazil, and others have proven themselves in recent years such as winning awards and providing state of the art facilities in the cosmetic surgery field. Their pursuit of the safest and best service makes them favourable choices for many.
Healthcare such as cosmetic surgery has risen in popularity in cities such as Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand) and Istanbul (Turkey). Here’s the breakdown on what should you expect in cities that known for cosmetic surgery excellence.
1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Patients can save up to 80% in costs when traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Research from Patients Beyond Borders and Medical Departures said that this city offers a wide range of cosmetic surgeries with first-class treatments. More than that, Kuala Lumpur is an Awardee for Medical Travel Award for Destination of the Year in 2016.
2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Travel expense can be minimized when in Brazil because of its proximity to US patients. IMTJ places Brazil among five top countries for cosmetic surgery demands. A total of 10.7% of cosmetic procedures in 2016 are performed in Brazil. This number is backed with excellent services and qualified personnel involved in the procedures.
3. Bangkok, Thailand.
Hospitals in Thailand are most friendly to LGBTQ individuals. Here, they accept all kinds of patients without prejudice. More than that, Bangkok in Thailand is known for the best sex-change procedure. They also offer hundreds of qualified doctors and physicians in cosmetic surgery. Bangkok is a great choice for LGBTQ.
4. Seoul, South Korea.
Many praises South Korea for their pursuit of beauty. Seoul its capital city is known as the centre of cosmetic treatments. A trend like dental veneers, laser hair removal, and such have risen in popularity. Not surprising because South Korea is seen as the leader of non-invasive cosmetic surgery.
5. Istanbul, Turkey.
As stated in IMTJ, Turkish officials claim that nearly 1 million people visited for health tourism in 2018. This figure increased from the claimed 700 hundred visitors in 2017 before according to Istanbul International Health Tourism Association (ISTUSAD). This is attributed to Istanbul being seen as the leader in hair loss care in recent years.