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Visit Bulgaria - Get a Makeover!

As Bulgaria’s reputation as a cheap and cheerful place to holiday starts recedeing, its image as Europe’s leading destination for cosmetic, dental and health tourism continues to grow rapidly. More and more Europeans now visit the country to seek treatment for a wide variety of procedures.

Bulgaria now houses some chic, high-tech private clinics staffed by very highly qualified medical professionals who are fluent in a variety of European languages. This coupled with competitively low prices, healing mineral water reserves and an agreeable climate has fuelled the growth in this niche sector.



A nip and tuck followed by a dip in the pool

Cosmetic surgery is now de rigueur with Britain’s middle classes. What was once the domain of movie stars and the idle rich is now attracting ordinary people who want to indulge themselves whilst undergoing treatment. The procedure may be a simple matter of a few Botox injections or could involve full surgery and a short stay in the clinic. Moreover, it’s not desperate housewives who are turning to surgery to improve their looks and postpone the ageing process; there are plenty of men checking in for a variety of cosmetic procedures too.

The sheer volume of treatments available here are overwhelming and the prices are up to five times lower than in the UK; a boob job in Bulgaria will cost you around 2,500 euros, a face-lift about 1,200 euros and liposuction in the region of 300 euros. All you have to do is think of a body part you would love to change and there is a corresponding operation available. Treatment in a plush private hospital in some of the most beautiful parts of the country enables you to tailor your recovery with a walk in a pine forest, a swim in an alpine lake or a Cosmopolitan by the pool.


A gleaming white smile and a gentle massage

Years ago a trip to the dentist was perceived as a necessary evil, but today it ranks along with trips to the manicurist and beauty consultant, in fact the Bulgarian dental industry is rebranding many of the treatment names to co-inside with the demand for image centered dentistry and work like tissue recontouring is now known as a “smile makeover”. An even white smile rates high on the list of personal “must-haves” to the point where children are now fitted with braces as early as nine years old now in order to achieve this. Moreover, the cutbacks in NHS dental services has lead to high prices in British dentistry and this in turn, is encouraging people to seek treatment abroad for costly treatments like dental implants and porcelain crowns. Implants in the UK cost around £2,000 per tooth; in Bulgaria, the cost is as little as £150.

A rich golden tan and a new figure

How fantastic would it be to go on holiday for two weeks and come home a stone lighter? Slimming centres are another area where Bulgaria leads the way. Non-medicinal treatment of obesity is a safe way to shed unwanted pounds. The Black Sea resort of St. Constantine and Helena has the best clinic in the country for dealing with this growing complaint. Patients are accommodated in a four star sanatorium with doctors on call all day to monitor individual progress. The length of stay varies for between 10 and 20 days and the total package covering treatment and accommodation costs between 500 and 2,000 euros.

Relax unwind and beat your troubles behind

Bulgaria possesses over a thousand mineral springs. Many have the same chemical make up as leading spas like Baden-Baden and Vichy. The water content determines what treatments are offered at each spa. Hisar, which lies between the Balkan Mountains and Plovdiv, concentrates on the treatment of renal and gastrointestinal complaints; Pavel Banya specialises in orthopaedic illnesses, Sandanski in pulmonary diseases. It’s not only care for serious illness that is on offer at each spa – there are plenty of rehabilitation, toning and anti-stress programmes available. An intense 10-day anti-stress programme, which includes relaxing aromatherapy and gentle massage, can cost as little as 100 euros. Costs for accommodation and flights are obviously additional to the treatment costs.