The Best Places to Travel for Cosmetic Enhancement in 2019

Sep 20, 2019

If you’re thinking about getting cosmetic surgery, you have plenty of choice in terms of treatments and clinics both at home and abroad.

Many choose to get cosmetic surgery abroad both because of the cheaper costs and the range of high-quality treatments available.

You may have heard some horror stories from friends-of-friends that went overseas to get a cheaper deal. We’re here to help you make sure you don’t have a similar experience. Here’s five places worth researching if you’re considering overseas cosmetic surgery.


Malaysia is a popular destination due to its relatively close proximity to Australia. The country has a great reputation for cosmetic travel, winning the IMJT Medical Travel Award for Destination of the Year in 2016, with the board also recommending the country as a destination in 2018’s awards. A Malaysian clinic was awarded the International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of the Year in 2018.

Malaysia’s cosmetic enhancement infrastructure is modern, without the higher cost of certain Western locations. Furthermore, English is widely spoken in the country which may help you to feel more comfortable when getting around and dealing with your clinic and consultant.

South Korea

Another popular destination for cosmetic surgery is South Korea, which took the IMJT Destination of the Year award in 2018.

Famous for its K-pop culture that promotes a youthful look, the high-tech country has many exceptional clinics that provide a wide variety of cosmetic enhancements. According to a CBC show, 20 percent of Koreans have undergone some form of cosmetic surgery. Many choose to undergo surgery here, and the quality of initial consultation, treatment, and aftercare is very high.

It is worth noting, however, that South Korea isn’t necessarily the cheapest place to undergo cosmetic surgery. If you’re primarily motivated by costs when considering cosmetic travel, you might be better off looking elsewhere.


India’s tourism industry is growing, boosted in part by international travellers’ interest in undertaking low cost cosmetic surgery. You can usually find cosmetic treatments available for half the price you would pay in Australia.

If you want to travel to India for cosmetic surgery, it’s important to focus on finding a quality clinic. If you take your time then you can certainly find great clinics in India’s biggest cities and because English is so widely spoken in the country, the language barrier can often be almost non-existent.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s most famous city, is considered the plastic surgery capital of the world. If you’re looking to undergo a cutting-edge surgery, you should consider travelling here.

Do your research to ensure you find the best clinic in Brazil for you. There are many foreign doctors in Brazil, and many Brazilian doctors have studied abroad in places like the US. You’re unlikely to find it difficult to find a doctor you’re comfortable with here.

There can be a lot of price fluctuation for cosmetic surgery in Brazil, so ensure you research carefully.

Finding the Right Clinic for You

The above four destinations are definitely worth considering if you want to undergo cosmetic enhancement and are looking to travel abroad to do so, however it is paramount to do your own research prior to travelling abroad.

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