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A NUMBER of local prominent people have undergone specialist body-transformation procedures in recent years?
Many have chosen to do it quietly even though, for those under the spotlight because of their fame or riches, it’s an open secret.
The beauty-enhancing specialist surgery costs between US$6 000 and US$20 000 and Turkey has emerged as a popular destination for locals although others have travelled to the likes of South Africa, Colombia, United States, Thailand, Mexico and the Dominican Republic for the procedures.
MAI TT, ZIM-BASED SOCIAL MEDIA STAR
“I had my liposuction and face peeling for the very first time. It cost me about 50 000 rand (US$2 700) for the whole session. I love the new me. Above all, the famous doctor from Herwood Medical Centre.
“Just used to see him on television doing other celebrities like Zodwa, DJ Tira, but I finally got to meet him in person. It might be expensive but it is worth it.”
PALEMA, UK-BASED SOCIAL INFLUENCER
“I decided to go with the tagged below Uniquezone Instabul as it may be a good idea to help anyone who might be venturing into getting some work done,” Pamela wrote on her Instagram.
“I had my breast augmentation almost seven years ago and I am avoiding replacing my implants because I know I will need a lift but my boobs kept growing.”
According to The Sun newspaper of the UK, Brazilian bum lifts have increased in popularity in recent years thanks to curvaceous celebrities like Kim Karadashian.
Medical studies have shown a BBL operation — which cost around £3,500 in Turkey but £10,000 in the UK — carries the highest risk of all cosmetic surgeries with more than one death per 4,000 procedures.
The surgery sees surgeons insert silicone-filled implants and/or inject fat transferred from other parts of the body.
WHAT IS A BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT?
BBLs are used to make buttocks bigger, more rounded or lifted, it sees fat transferred from other areas of the body, such as the hips or stomach, to give patients a fuller derriere.
Despite the dangers, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) says the op is the fastest-growing type of cosmetic surgery, with its popularity increasing by 20 per cent year-on-year.