Boob jobs top wish list
TOOWOOMBA is fast becoming a hotspot for women choosing to head overseas on medical holidays.
The number one thing they want is breast enlargements.
Gold Coast-based company Somnio International Medical Holidays offers cosmetic and dental holidays to Phuket, Thailand.
The company offers a range of procedures and also organises flights, accommodation and discounted tours for their clients.
All procedures are conducted at Phuket International Hospital using the services of internationally trained surgeons and doctors in state-of-the-art medical facilities.
Somnio International Medical Holidays Toowoomba consultant April Hardy said the number of women heading overseas for procedures from the Garden City was simply staggering.
"Over the past 12 months, Toowoomba has become our biggest market behind the Gold and Sunshine Coasts," Miss Hardy said.
"We are a national company and the level of interest coming out of Toowoomba has certainly taken us by surprise.
"It really is amazing the number of people heading overseas for medical procedures who come from Toowoomba," she said.
Miss Hardy said that while the majority of their customers were women a few men had also made the journey overseas with the company.
"The appeal for cosmetic surgery abroad is definitely the level of care our clients receive and, of course, the price," Miss Hardy said.
"We have even had a few men from Toowoomba that have gone over for dental procedures," she said.
For 23-year-old Toowoomba resident Janarah Platen, the decision to go overseas on a medical holiday was the easiest one she has made.
Last October, Miss Platen travelled to Thailand to have breast enlargement surgery.
"I really wanted to get breast enlargement surgery to feel happier within myself and to feel more confident," Miss Platen said.
"Ever since I can remember I wanted to get breast enlargements.
"Obviously, there is a certain stigma attached with going overseas on a medical holiday, but ultimately the decision is a personal one," she said.
Miss Platen said like most women the price was also a contributing factor in her decision.
"Australia was not an option especially for the amount of money that surgeons charge here," Miss Platen said.
"The quality of work overseas is as good, if not better.
"My family was fully supportive of my decision and I have never had any issues with the procedure either during or afterwards," she said.
A spokesman for the Private Health Insurance Administration Council said anyone travelling overseas should fully understand the conditions outlined in their insurance policies and understand who will bear the cost should something go wrong.