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Jumping the queue for major surgery

The Bulgarian healthcare market is growing rapidly and it is not just cosmetic and dental surgery, which is popular. More and more people are making the decision to have mainstream medical treatment in Bulgaria. Decisions to have major surgery abroad are inspired by the prohibitively high costs now associated with private healthcare treatment, long waiting lists for NHS treatment and fears about infection in UK hospitals. It’s not just the Brits who are choosing Bulgaria for surgical treatment; in Spain, there is a five-year waiting list for sterility treatment.

Private health insurers are also recognizing the benefits of treatment abroad and many are now prepared to cover medical expenses associated with overseas treatment. The cost of a hip replacement operation in a private UK hospital will cost £7,000. By opting for treatment in Bulgaria, you can save around £3,000. Even IVF treatment is attracting attention.

I came to Bulgaria and left with a new face…

Julia Gould from Chelmsford came to Bulgaria with the aim of getting a facelift. After watching Xtreme Makeover on Fox TV, she decided that cosmetic surgery would revive her “sagging” face. As Julia explains, “At 50, I felt like I needed a change. I didn’t want to look totally young, I just wanted to have less lines; I felt I had a forehead full of frown lines, eyes marred by crows’ feet and a double chin, which left me with no jaw line.” She researched cosmetic surgeons on the internet, focusing on Sofia because she owned an apartment there. Eventually she chose to visit Dr Dinev at Vita medical centre in Sofia because his qualifications were excellent and he was fluent in French and English having worked in Paris and London.

Julia continues, “At the appointment Dr Dinev made me feel so confident, that I knew immediately I was in safe hands. He told me that a full face-lift was not the way to go because the tendency now is not to use surgical procedures whenever possible.” Dr Dinev took over an hour at the first consultation and there was no pressure whatsoever to commit to the treatment. Finally together Dr Dinev and Julia decided that Botox would be best for her forehead and eyes, filler for the lines around her mouth and liposuction for the fat under her jaw line. She had the Botox and filler treatment the next day and it took minutes to perform and the results were noticeable instantly.

A couple of days later she went for her liposuction treatment, “On arrival, I was shown into a private room with a TV and private bathroom. There was no waiting about, a nurse arrived and I got ready for surgery. Dr Dinev arrived and explained clearly what would happen.” Things were not straightforward with Julia’s operation. She had a reaction to the anaesthetic, which raised her heart rate and blood pressure. She was injected with a sedative to calm her vitals down and once that was achieved, the operation commenced. A small incision was made under her chin, a vacuum pipe was inserted and the unwanted fat sucked out. The operation took twenty minutes to perform. She recovered in hospital with a large elastic bandage around her head to assist the area under the jaw line. Once she was feeling better, she went back to her apartment.

Overall, Julia maintains that the Botox and filler produced fantastic results and were very simple treatments to undertake. The full results were not visible until around eight days later and the injections should be repeated every six to ten months. The liposuction has produced super results and Julia feels that she has her jaw line back, “I had to keep the elastic bandage on for about three weeks, but I took it off to go out. A little bruising was evident for the first week but this was easily camouflaged by makeup when out. “Julia paid in the region of 1,000 euros for her treatment and says, “I would do it all again without hesitation. I think the problem with starting something like this is that you might never stop. I am thinking of having “gold thread” treatment in my cheeks to lift that part, and will definitely continue with the Botox.”

Clearly, Bulgaria is leading the way in an area of tourism that is gaining momentum. This new niche in the tourist market is bringing a great deal of revenue into the country, which benefits anyone with an interest here. Evidently, it is not just Bulgaria’s image that is getting a makeover!