Boob job in Penang boosts confidence of Dutch lass


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Jan 2003

BY MANJIT KAUR

PENANG: Size does matter. Corina van Leeuwen not only feels good but exudes extra self-confidence as well. 

Her dream of good body posture was realised after she underwent silicone implant breast augmentation surgery at a private hospital here a week ago. 

The 24-year-old lass from the Netherlands arrived here on Jan 15 with 36A cup-size breasts, but she now flaunts a curvaceous 36C figure. 

FEELING GOOD: Van Leeuwen was the eighth woman to undergo the surgery under the holiday package deal.

“The surgery was important for me to have balanced posture as my breasts were disproportionate,” she said in an interview yesterday. 

Van Leeuwen was the eighth woman to undergo the surgery under a cosmetic surgery-cum-holiday package deal promoted by Beautiful Holidays, a division of Medi Travels Sdn Bhd. 

The deal attracted international media attention after an article in the New York Post highlighted a “boob job” on fledgling 19-year-old British model Jennifer Forrest. 

Penang State Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Kee Phaik Cheen said the surgery was part of the state's promotion of medical tourism. 

Van Leeuwen, a communications and marketing consultant from Rotterdam, said she had wanted to have her breasts enlarged since she was 17. 

“I saved 750 euro (RM3,120) a year for the past six years to undergo the surgery,” she said. 

She came to know about the package after reading about it in a local daily. 

Van Leeuwen said the choice of hotel and food offered in the package caught her eye. 

She said she had not revealed the purpose of her visit to family and friends as she did not want anyone to stop her. 

“But I am sure when I get back they will be happy to see the results,” she said, adding that the hospital staff had made her feel at home during her stay. 

The staff always had time for her and made her feel comfortable and relaxed, she said, adding that she would do some shopping and visit famous tourist spots before returning home. 

Beautiful Holidays managing director Marloes Giezenaar, who was present during the interview, said about 1,000 women from all over the world had expressed interest in the holiday deal. 

She said the deal also provided for cosmetic surgery like liposuction and tummy tuck. 

“To date, 30 women have undergone various types of cosmetic surgery on the island,” she said. 

All her clients were satisfied with the healthcare service and no negative feedback had been received, Giezenaar said. 

“The affordable plastic and cosmetic surgery performed by leading surgeons with state-of-the-art facilities attracts many people to Penang,” she said. 

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