Cosmetic surgery: India hot favourite
Cosmetic Surgery Becoming India's Hot Favourite, Many people from the US and other western countries are travelling to India for less expensive cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty
Many people from the US and other western countries are travelling to India for less expensive cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty or breast augmentation procedure, a new study has found.
Prompted by the ease and relatively low costs of travel, more patients from these countries are travelling to the developing world to access less costly medical and surgical procedures, researchers said.
Because cosmetic plastic surgery procedures aren’t covered by insurance, they make up a major part of the burgeoning medical tourism market.
India alone may have more than one million medical tourists per year, according to the study.
Other countries with growing medical tourism industries include Mexico, Dubai, South Africa, Thailand and Singapore.
Prices for cosmetic surgery in these countries are typically much lower than at home. For example, a breast augmentation procedure that would cost $6,000 in the US can be done for $2,200 in India, researchers said.
Even after the costs of airfare are factored in, having an operation in these countries can be much less expensive. The trend is having an impact on the market for cosmetic plastic surgery, according to an article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
“The rapid globalisation of the industry also marks a fundamental shift in the world’s perception of elective procedures: patients are becoming consumers and these medical services are being viewed as commodities,” Dr Kevin C. Chung and Lauren E. Franzblau of the University of Michigan, said.
Travelling for medical care is nothing new — but in the past, people were more likely to travel from poor countries to obtain higher-quality care in wealthier countries, researchers said.