Busy, busy, busy. Rush, rush, rush. Got to get to work on time, got to meet the deadline. Battle the traffic, lunch on the go, crashing computers, cluster headaches and shoulder tension. Stress out! Where does it end?
Job-related stress is one of the biggest killers on the planet. In fact, stress has become such an integral part of the way we live in the 21st century that we’ve come up with different names for different varieties. There’s acute stress, episodic acute stress and chronic stress to name but a few. So if most of our stress is work-related, it makes sense that part of the solution would be to stop working. When was the last time you had a holiday?
Those dastardly stress chemicals cortisol and adrenalin – which cause premature ageing and lead to complications like cardiovascular disease – will take a hike if you take some time out. Soak up some rays, catch a wave or sip on a pina colada in the tropical paradise of your choice.
Most resorts offer massages to die for and daily yoga classes to help you really let go of all that unnecessary tension. And while you’re indulging in some soul rejuvenation, why not give your physical body a treat too. The biggest trend in holidays at the moment is the cosmetic surgery retreat. These gorgeous getaways offer you the opportunity to have that nip or tuck you’ve always desired – away from the prying eyes of family and friends.
Five-star luxury meets one-on-one after-care. Like a little liposuction? Most people don’t realise the recovery time needed for this common procedure. Up to six months spent in a compression bandage and course after course of antibiotics are needed to stave off possible infection. The body heals more completely when the mind is relaxed. You can kill two birds with one stone by improving your imperfections on your annual vacation.
South African company Surgeon and Safari will not only have you walking with the wildebeests, but waking up looking wonderful as well. Lorraine Melville explains: “You can tell your friends back home that you are going to Africa on a safari. Come here and we will pamper you in the lap of luxury. And you go back looking absolutely rejuvenated and all your friends say, ‘Gosh, but Africa looks good on you’.”
Or what about a breast boost by the pool? Breast augmentations are commonplace nowadays and can be thrown in with a complimentary buffet breakfast at a five-star retreat.
Having a bad hair day? Fix those follicles in five-star luxury with a tropical transplant.
The prospect of cheap cosmetic surgery with a holiday on the side may sound hairy to some, but there are some bona fide bargains to be had.
Be sure to consult your doctor before taking off on a beauty break and organise for after-care in your own country upon your return.
Whether it’s an adventurous African safari or a relaxing beach-side retreat you’re after, the cosmetic options are open.