Updated: Feb 15
Are you curious about Medical Tourism in Asia? Then, please read below about Abby's experiences in Asia, where she learned about Medical Tourism.
In 2015, I was twenty-six and ready for a massive change. Life had become repetitive. I wasn't necessarily unhappy, just bored. I'd graduated from college, worked on and off in the film industry as an editor for years, and felt like I wasn't progressing in my field. I had lived in Europe in my early twenties and missed the thrill of impulsive weekend trips anywhere my heart desired. I had become complacent at such a young age, and I knew I had to change it a bit. So I paused my film career and began studying for a certificate to teach Business English to adults, hoping that I would land a job in another corner of the world.
A few months after completing my certification, I landed a job in south China. I was terrified yet so excited for what was to come. The first two months were harder than I ever imagined. I had never stepped foot in Asia and only spent about three months learning Mandarin before leaving. I talked myself out of packing up and heading home a few times. However, things got easier over time, as they always do, and I was able to create a stable life for myself. I had a community of friends; I enjoyed my work culture, and my Mandarin was coming along. After about eight months of feeling secure, I finally decided that it was time to travel around Asia. First stop: Thailand.
I traveled to Phuket- a popular destination in southern Thailand with quite the nightlife. I spent time getting to know locals and chatting with other travelers. Speaking to one person after the next, I noticed a big trend- so many people were taking a "medical holiday." I had never heard the term used before and was immediately intrigued. I had, of course, heard of getting procedures done in other countries- primarily to save costs, but I had never thought about its popularity before – both for medical and cosmetic purposes. Over the next four years, I would travel extensively throughout Asia and discover what a huge industry this had become. Look at countries like South Korea- now the most famous destination in East Asia for cosmetic surgery. There are many clear benefits to choosing an international destination for these procedures. Reduced cost is the one that comes to mind immediately; however, one must remember that some of the most skilled surgeons in the world work in these countries. So you are not only getting a great deal, but you're also getting quality service and care to go along with it. It's also an excellent opportunity to travel and enjoy the country hosting you. Take a few days to yourself before your procedure to soak in a new culture: the sights, the food, the people—you'd regret it if you didn't.
Choosing to go through with any form of surgery, especially elective procedures, isn't a decision one makes lightly. A healthy mindset about it is crucial—and realizing that you don't need it. You are worthy whether you have it or don't have it. Yet it's also important to understand that there is nothing wrong with deciding for yourself – especially if it is going to improve your quality of life – mentally and physically. Despite its increasing popularity in recent decades, a stigma comes along with cosmetic surgery that has never entirely gone away. People say "all natural" is beautiful. I've always stuck to this notion as well… until recently. My change in belief has been due to many factors, but it really comes down to this: judging what anyone does to make themselves happier and more confident in their own skin isn't acceptable anymore. Of course, "all-natural" is beautiful—and so is everything else. I used to judge myself for wanting a nose job, and it didn't help that everyone around me looked down on the idea of changing what "God gave me." I allowed the opinions of others to dictate my own beliefs and choices. Now, at thirty-three, I've decided to revisit and analyze my desire to get this procedure done. With age often comes a more evolved sense of self-worth-- I've been able to take a step back and think with less emotion on the matter. So why do I still want to do this after all these years? I realized that the answer is simple: it will enhance the features I'm proud of, and most importantly—because I want to, and I decide to make it freely. For me, there's no better reason than that.
Learning about Vanessa's and Laura's experience in Colombia has motivated me to look into getting the Rhinoplasty surgery I have always wanted but never dared to even consider due to the stigma and the price that comes with it. However, I am now considering not only a nose job but also body procedures and maybe a new smile! Medical tourism makes it affordable, and having these ladies walk me through every step of the way, makes me feel even better about it.
If you're interested in medical tourism in Bogota, Colombia, consider My Body by Design. At My Body by Design, we specialize in providing medical tourism services in Colombia, with our most popular procedures being Gastric Sleeve, Dental Veneers, Gender Affirmation, and Tummy Tuck. Take advantage of the opportunity to save on medical procedures while receiving top-notch care. With our no-fee layaway and financing options, you can make your dream procedure a reality without breaking the bank.
We understand that you may have many questions and concerns about medical tourism, so we offer a FREE Q&A consultation to help you learn more and feel more comfortable with your decision. We have a team of experts dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and support throughout your medical journey. If you are ready to take the next step towards a happier, healthier you, request a quote today!