By LUCY ORMONDE
Twelve thousand dollars.
That’s about how much it would cost me to get a boob job in Australia. Or at least, that’s how much I was quoted after a quick Google search for “breast implant surgery Melbourne”.* That price includes an initial consultation, the surgery itself, an anesthetic and post-op care.
The price does not include champagne on arrival, or a daily buffet breakfast – which is what I’d get if I opted for the cheaper alternative of travelling to Thailand for my hypothetical surgery.
And for an increasing number of Australian women, it’s not hypothetical.
In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the number of Australians of all ages who are travelling overseas for cosmetic surgeries. The movement is called Cosmetic Tourism and there are around 20 companies out there who specialise in creating packages for people from Australia (and other western countries) to travel to places like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for procedures like tummy tucks, facelifts, dental work, breast implants, botox and fillers.
Let’s call them cosmetic travel agents, shall we?
Packages generally include flights, airport transfers, accommodation at a five-star hotel (presumably with a pool and those little umbrellas in your drinks, yeah?), the actual surgery, post op care and the aforementioned daily buffet breakfast. And the packages are generally a hell of a lot cheaper than the surgery only option provided in Australia. (One company charges only $4450 for a breast enhancement and 10 nights in Bangkok).