Cyprus is fast becoming one of several “cosmetic surgery holiday” destinations according to a report on scotsman.com.
The newspaper’s website reports that Scottish tourists seeking cut-price cosmetic surgery are visiting Cyprus because of low prices at private clinics which also offer recuperation by the Mediterranean.
The number of patients seen at one clinic has doubled in the past year with others also reporting a rise in those undergoing tummy tucks, breast implants and liposuction.
Cosmetic surgery experts said Cyprus is one of fastest-growing destinations for medical tourism because of its low prices and high standards of care.
Average prices in clinics on the island are two-thirds of those charged by UK clinics, and also include a two-week recuperation period in the sun, flights and transfers.
Cosmetic surgery holidays are becoming increasingly popular to destinations such as India, Poland and South Africa. But Keith Pollard, managing director of Treatment Abroad, a website for patients considering treatment outside the UK, said Cyprus was closer to home and also offered a holiday in the sun.
He said: “Cyprus is a fast-growing, up-and-coming destination. It has a nice climate, good English speakers, an advanced healthcare system with good accreditation that you would hope for in any EC country.”
Several firms have sprung up on the island in recent years, offering cosmetic surgery and recuperation packages to UK patients.
A marketing campaign by the tourist board, promoting Cyprus as a destination for medical procedures, was also launched last year.
Some 60% of the island’s private hospitals now treat patients from overseas with cosmetic surgery the most common type of procedure.
Susan O’Connell, who runs tourism firm Cosmedicare4u in Nicosia, said she had seen a similar rise in Scottish patients and now also treats around 30 each year.
“The prices in the UK are outrageous…I get patients returning for more treatment and I get a lot of patients having combined procedures such as a tummy tuck, face lift and breast implants,” she said.