“We travel the world over to find the beautiful” is part of a popular quote from poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. Even though this is simply a fragment of his original verse, it already rings true to those who are on the quest for beauty.

Enthralling Escapes

The emergence of cosmetic vacations or traveling to other countries with the intent of undergoing some sort of aesthetic surgery services can be attributed to the search for physical perfection.

According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), a 9 percent rise has been recorded for cosmetic procedures done in 2016. Based on the Patient Beyond Borders report, medical tourism is estimated to have a global market size of $45 million to $72 million based on approximately 14 to 16 million medical tourists who spend an average of $3,000 to $6,000 per visit.

The United Arab Emirates is also becoming a hub for medical tourists looking for high-quality and cost-effective cosmetic procedures and treatments. Over the years, the perception about cosmetic enhancements has changed. It is now viewed as a sign of success, power and self-improvement for both men and women.

Dubai, for example, has earned a reputation for being a spa town with wellness and beauty becoming part of its popular attractions. Excellent hotels and spas are available to provide luxurious housing for medical tourists and locals alike, offering them a comfortable and private retreat while recuperating from procedures.

5 Sensational Surgeries to Sample

When considering a beauty trip to Dubai, here are some of the top cosmetic procedures that you may want to try out:

1. Breast reduction

There are times when women, or even men, encounter problems with overly large breasts. Aside from being utterly uncomfortable, the excess weight also causes backaches. It also makes one self-conscious and may contribute to low self esteem.

To reduce the size of your bosom, fat and glandular tissue are removed from the breasts. In extreme cases where there is excess skin left, it is also removed to have a more contoured look that is according to what you prefer.

Since each patient is unique and has different preferences as to the desired size, a bespoke breast reduction plan is usually designed to achieve the highest level of satisfaction. A specific excise procedure is carried out depending on the primary cause of the enlargement – whether it is from excess fat or glandular tissue.

The corrective procedure is done under general anaesthesia in a hospital but you can get back to your hotel or daily routine in as early as a day or two after, provided that you are already feeling well.

2. Face lift

As the saying goes, “what goes up must come down.” As people age, gravity as well as overexposure to the sun, smoking and other stressful factors can contribute to the aging process. When one advances in age, the body’s natural oils decrease causing the skin to dry and wrinkle. The fat within the inner layers of the skin usually melts away as well leading to a saggy appearance.

To counteract this, a procedure that typically lifts the skin of your face is performed under anaesthesia. This is done to make it possible for the surgeon to reposition the facial tissues.

The result of a well-done facelift: a more contoured, smoother and tauter appearance. This surgical operation also targets saggy jowls and smoothens loose layers under the jawline.

You may go home on the same day or may have to spend the night at the hospital to rest and recover but after that, you are good as new and looking fresh-faced again.

3. Eyelid surgery

If you are tired of looking at your puffy eyelids or enormous bags under your eyes, then you may want to try eyelid reconstruction.

Aside from cosmetic reasons, this procedure is also helpful for aging patients whose upper eyelids sag that it already impairs their vision. The surgeon typically makes tiny incisions to remove excess fat and trim off the surplus skin. It then stitched up with very fine sutures.

You will see stunning results after about a week of having some normal bruising or swelling.

4. Cosmetic lip surgery

Some people would want to reshape their lips according to their personal preferences. Lip enhancement surgery can easily bring this desire to fruition by using surgical techniques that will modify the shape of the lips.

The procedure usually takes an hour and a half, and you can leave the hospital on the same day. Take note that this will require about three weeks for the absorbable sutures to dissolve, and that you will need to go on a soft diet for the first 5 to 7 days.

5. Tummy tuck

Women who undergo multiple pregnancies usually complain about a protruding belly that won’t seem to go away even with diet or exercise. Even men who are in relatively good shape can still be bothered by a beer drinker’s belly.

To address these issues, a tummy tuck, which usually takes about four hours depending on the extent of work required, can be performed. This surgery removes excess fat from the middle and lower abdomen. It also tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Patients usually go home after a day or two from the hospital, feeling good about the excellent results of a flattened tummy.

Beyond Beauty Rest

Taking a trip to another place elevates the definition of beauty rest to another level. Not only do you take time off and get your forty winks at home, you may even need to apply for a visa to realize your dream of having a fresher, more youthful look.

Beauty comes with a price and you must already know that before even considering a jaunt to cosmopolitan Dubai for a few weeks of prettifying yourself. The time, energy and money that you invest in these cosmetic procedures will all be worth it once you see yourself looking especially alluring with the aesthetic enhancements you have chosen.

Looking into the mirror and seeing that you look good will certainly make you feel good. When you have the means and the will to do so, go for what makes you happy inside and out.