Women borrow millions for bigger boobs

2012-10-25 00:00

THOUSANDS of South Africans borrow millions each month to pay for bigger breasts and other cosmetic surgery, despite the dire state of the economy.

Jason Sive, director of First Health Finance that specialises in loans for medical procedures, said they receive on average 120 applications each week. He said the total value of these applications was about R3,5 million, of which close to half (46%) were approved.

He said most of the loans were for breast enlargements, which cost in the region of R39 000, depending on the surgeon.

Sive said most of the applications were received in spring and summer and added “patients” also first want to ascertain that they would get a loan before they approach a surgeon.

Doctor Dirk Lazarus, a plastic surgeon, yesterday said there was a decline in some operations. He said he is still charging the same for breast enlargements as last year, as it was not feasible to increase prices in the current economic climate.

Lazarus added that fewer overseas visitors are making use of the so-called plastic surgery safari, compared to the number from 10 years ago.

Marina Willemse, economist with the Efficient Group, was amazed that people would borrow money for plastic surgery. She said low interest rates and lower prices for fashion may contribute to the temptation to borrow for cosmetic reasons.

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