Plastic surgery safari: Getting the ‘Jennifer Lopez butt’ in South Africa

Flicking through her photos on her living room couch, Julia Quinn recounts the array of plastic surgery procedures she has undergone.

“That is when I had my eye done again, a bump taken out of my nose,” she says, looking at a photo of her severely swollen face.

There isn’t much cosmetic surgery that this housewife from Surrey in the UK has not had done.

A few years ago, feeling unhappy about the lines around her eyes and mouth, she first dabbled in surgery. She opted for a private clinic in the UK, but after a bad experience there she started looking around for alternative places to get the work done. That’s when she first discovered that South Africa offered the same procedures at a fraction of the cost, she says.

“You get a lot of good surgeons and dentists in South Africa,” says Quinn. “It’s like a holiday — you are looked after, the weather is fine.”

January is a good time to flee the UK’s winter weather, so Quinn is heading back to Johannesburg for more work. This time it’s a mini facelift and more liposuction. In total, she will have spent nearly $15,000 on surgery in South Africa. She says should would have spent a lot more if she had continued to be treated in the UK.

In a suburb in northern Johannesburg Lorraine Melvill is running around trying to organize hospital visits for her clients staying in her guest house. She started her business, “Surgeon and Safari,” back in 2000 and since then she has had people from all over the world, including Quinn, come to her to facilitate their cosmetic procedures, and perhaps go on safari too.


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