News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Tuesday March 19th 2019

Boobs and balls: medical tourism companies cashing in on World Cup

Fadela Slamdien

Football fans wanting to get their boobs – or other bits – enhanced while visiting sunny South Africa to enjoy a bit of World Cup action, are being offered a host of discounted medical tourism packages.
Packages include cosmetic surgery, spa treatments, plus accommodation while they recover – and guided tours also thrown in.

Cape Town-based medical tourism company Surgical Bliss has several World Cup packages on offer, ranging from breast augmentation packages for R45, 000, an eye lift package for about R21 000, a tummy tuck package for R45,000 to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for R47,000.
Spa treatments, golf and shopping trips, and tours in and around the city can be added at extra cost.

“We provide whatever the client requires,” said Denise Milner, director of Surgery Bliss.
Milner said the favourable exchange rate meant it cost UK tourists 40 to 50 percent less, and the medical expertise in South Africa was “excellent”.
“Our hospitals and surgeons are world class…We (Surgical Bliss) take care of all the logistics of the trip to the last detail and tailor make the package,” she added.

Another company offering World Cup special packages is Africare Health, a Sandton-based medical tourism company with a clientele drawn mainly from African countries like Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya, according to marketing director Sunny Falomo (crc). Packages are “tailor-made” to patient specifications and prices varied accordingly, he said.

The company’s World Cup package includes accommodation and local transport, with a choice of a safari, heritage or golf tour thrown in for good measure.

“We have received many enquiries on the World Cup special and I believe we will definitely get bookings,” said Africare managing director Cecilia Mokoena.

Johannesburg-based, Medi-Sculpt clinic, a “medical aesthetic centre”, is about to launch its own World Cup “Liquid Face Lift and Safari Package” at a cost of R12 000, said owner, Dr. Anushka Reddy.
This included “Botox and two dermal fillers, and spa treatments”, plus a visit to a Lion sanctuary where patients “can feed giraffes and play with lion cubs”.
“We have already received enquiries about the package, but bookings will only open on May 1,” said Reddy.

But while foreigners flock to South Africa for cosmetic surgery, British plastic surgeons have warned them to do their research thoroughly.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) website warns of some people needing further treatment in the UK due to “surgical complications” after operations abroad, including in South Africa.

A 2007 BAAPS survey found that over 80 percent of British plastic surgeons had seen complications with patients who had embarked on surgical holidays abroad, including “being prematurely discharged from care”. Forty-four percent of surgeons who took part in the survey had seen patients who had their surgeries done in South Africa.

Tags: 2010, Africare Health, cosmetic surgery, Medi-Sculpt, Medical Tourism, plastic surgery, Surgical Bliss, World Cup

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7 Responses to “Boobs and balls: medical tourism companies cashing in on World Cup”

  1. Dha Kur says:

    This story is the indication of how medical industry and tourism are combined in today’s world. As the story says, one need to do their home work before they consider any medical procedure whether is elected surgery or necessary medical procedure.
    All the Nations encouraging the medical tourism should provide much needed legal protection and medical rights to Medical Tourists.
    Dha Kur
    Online Medical Tourist Community

  2. We recently did an article on Dr Reddy and her work is amazing! The packages are great

  3. David Hen says:

    Cosmetic surgery is so popular in the UK that there’s even a new TV ‘plastic surgery chat show’ – it launched last night, I watched it out of interest and they made everything seems so normal! If you missed it it’s on the website

  4. Guru Prasad says:

    Medical tourism is probably the safest business because no doctor or the related fecilitator will take a risk just to earn a few fast bucks. This is a business that cares for people.
    We are a medical tourism fecilitator company in India based in Bangalore and our motto is to use a part of the money earned to take care of the less priveleged in society. The most important requirement from a prospective Medical Tourism customer is to let the Doctor know his whole case history. No doctor wants to get into a legal hassel.

    Guru Prasad
    Vice President,
    Sugal Travels. Pvt.Ltd
    (Medical Tourism Fecilatator)
    M+91 98451 84252

  5. i think that plastic surgeries are becoming a routine procedure for very rich people :

  6. Leeann Franzen says:

    Many patients wonder who is able to performing botox injections. The answer is that any authorized health care professional is able to administer botox. However there are likely better experienced administers if you look for surgeons.

  7. I just find medical enhancements unnecessary especially botox injections. Many people nowadays are vain and are not contented of what they are and what they have. Undergoing surgeries for these shallow purposes are irrelevant which could further harm us.

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