Young blacks opt for plastic surgery
When it comes to plastic surgery it appears that for young black South Africans, less is more.
Nip-and-tuck procedures, breast reductions and even lip reductions are on the increase among young, affluent black South Africans.
Affluent young blacks opt for cosmetic surgery.
Association spokesman Dr Chris Snijman said a growing number of people had been able to have cosmetic surgery because of cheap pricing. “Cosmetic surgery in South Africa is among the most affordable in the world,” he said.
Many people who wanted to have these procedures were making use of special financing that was available.
What we need to stop it is to have better regulation and have better screening processes for cosmetic surgeons
Dr Chris Snijman
According to First Health Insurance (FHI, a company that finances plastic surgery), it received applications to the value of R100 million last year alone.
Jason Sive, the director of surgical finance at FHI, said that now, more than ever, South Africans who could not finance their procedures were willing to put up valuable items as collateral for surgery-related loans.
“A lot of the people we deal with are people who are not able to afford the cost of procedures, or have only a fraction of the money to cover the cost.
“Now they are willing to invest more in getting it done and are putting up the necessary collateral and going through credit checks to get these loans.
“It’s important when people take out loans for cosmetic surgery that they take it for a long-term surgery, not for something they may want to change even before they have repaid the costs. We have had lots of people who do that and it’s not worth it.”
Due to the affordability of plastic surgery in South Africa, an increasing number of international tourists have been coming to South Africa for cosmetic procedures.
Hundreds of these so-called medical tourists flock to South Africa every year and often do so without fully disclosing the medical reasons for their visits.
This has led to several cases being filed against surgeons who have performed these procedures without the proper authority.
Snijman said there was a need for stronger regulation.
“The media hype has really bastardised plastic surgery in general and this has led to a lot of people thinking that South African doctors are easily corruptible.
“It is, however, a worry that there have been some cases that were done in a shady manner. What we need to stop it is to have better regulation and have better screening processes for cosmetic surgeons.”
Extract from IOL article, by Sihle Mthembu.