Hair transplants, facelifts, breast implants, liposuction: Elective cosmetic surgery is booming.
India’s Business Standard reports:
The thirties are the new twenties, and the sixties the new middle age, if the findings of a recent AC Nielsen study are anything to go by.
In an Internet study conducted across 41 markets globally, 22,780 consumers were asked about their attitude towards age and cosmetic surgery.
The rush to ‘turn back the clock’ is most keenly felt by consumers across Europe and Asia Pacific. Of the top 10 markets, which agreed that the forties were the new thirties, Austria topped the list, while among the Asia-Pacific countries, which included Japan and Korea, India emerged one of the top ten.
Source: Cosmetic surgery is fast gaining acceptance: Study, Business Standard, Dec. 5, 2006
Elective cosmetic surgery is not covered by health insurance plans.
More of than not, people are lending money to pay for the surgery:
More than £5 million will be taken out in personal loans this year to fund cosmetic surgery, with men accounting for a fifth of all ops, a report claimed yesterday.
Sainsbury’s Bank says people take on an average £6,500 of debt.
Loans manager Steven Bailie said: “As cosmetic surgery becomes less of a taboo, a growing number of men and women may be looking to improve their looks with loans.”
Analysts Mintel estimate a 240 per cent growth in cosmetic surgery over the past five years.
And they predict that by 2010 we will be making at least a million trips a year to cosmetic surgeons.
Costs start from £250 for treatments such as collagen lip enhancements to over £5,000 for more radical surgery such as facelifts or tummy tucks.
Source: Boom in Cosmetic Surgery, Nov. 29, 2006, Mirror.co.uk
Cheap(er) Cosmetic Surgery Deals Abroad
Scotland on Sunday highlights another trend - that of travelling abroad for faster service and cheaper deals - all or not combined with a local holiday:
A Scots travel firm set up to organise stag parties is sending health tourists to the Third World for cheap, fast surgery they cannot get in the UK.
Globe Health Tours - which usually provides entertainment for stag weekends - has already sent 30 patients to hospitals in India, where private surgery is a fraction of the price charged by UK clinics.Living.scotsman.com MPU
Patients, who combine surgery with an exotic holiday, travel for dental implants, hip and knee replacements and cosmetic surgery at hospitals in Dehli, Mumbai, Kerala, Goa, Bangalore and Ghana.
NHS waiting lists for some procedures are still up to six months and private clinics in the UK charge pay-as-you-go patients up to £10,000 for hip or knee replacements. But those prepared to travel to India can have the same operations for less than £3,500.
Source: Health Tourists Flock To India, Scotland on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006
Marocco is a hotspot as well. One website notes, “Due to reasonable prices, well-trained doctors, high-quality infrastructure and alluring packages, cosmetic surgery is on the rise in Morocco. Locals, foreigners and a variety of economic classes are increasingly seeking cosmetic procedures in the country:”
Cosmetic surgery is booming in Morocco. Specialists in the field are delighted with the progress already made after just a few years of business, thanks to Moroccans’ infatuation with beauty. Practices in Europe and the United States are taking root in Morocco.
According to plastic surgeon Ramzy Rachid, Morocco is seeing a growing number of clients. The majority of practices have seen the number of patients double or even triple over the last few years. “Many patients come to us for simple size reductions,” Rachid says. He says 60% to 70% of cosmetic surgery patients are younger than 40. “We are a long way from the average age of the past, which was sixty years. There’s no typical profile.”
Source: Cosmetic surgery boom hits Morocco, Magharebia.com, Dec. 8, 2006
As Alex Kuczynski points out in Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery, cosmetic surgery is not without controversy and risk:
A podiatrist shortens toes so her clients can fit into Jimmy Choos, and a lawyer who’s argued before the Supreme Court routinely lies to a succession of doctors to feed his Botox habit.
As this depressing survey of a global beauty business rooted in self-hatred and a fear of aging demonstrates, an unfortunate few are literally dying to be pretty: the Nigerian first lady expired after liposuction and a tummy tuck, and Olivia Goldsmith, whose novels lampooned middle-aged women afraid to look their age, succumbed during a chin tuck.
New York Times reporter Kuczynski has attitude to spare as she outs Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman as probable Botox users, and assesses the “traumatized” naked body of a litigator who’s showing off the results of a total body lift after gastric-bypass surgery: “to be honest and brutal and bitchy, she doesn’t look that great.”
A canny and witty guide to the excesses of a conformist society with more money than sense, Kuczynski discloses her own beauty addiction in the form of Botox, collagen derived from cadavers and fetal foreskin cells, liposuction, eyelid lifts and eventually a botched Restylane treatment that left her housebound for days with a disfigured lip.
Source: Book Review at Amazon.com
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