The Egyptian government has unveiled plans to open a secret cosmetic clinic in Sydney’s CBD.
Key points:Egyptian cosmetic surgeons will begin treating patients at a private clinic in central Sydney in late MarchThe facility will cost $3.5 million and has already been approved by the Health DepartmentThe clinic will be the first in the country to operate under the cosmetic surgery guidelinesThe Australian government will fund the operation in partnership with the World Health OrganizationThe Egyptian government plans to spend $3 million on the projectThe operation, which is expected to cost $2.5m, will be run by the Egyptian Cosmetics Council, a private cosmetic surgery company based in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
“This is a first in Egypt and will be a first step to opening a national clinic to provide the necessary cosmetic surgeries,” Health Minister Ahmed Aboulgaf said.
The operation will be overseen by Dr Ahmed Abdel Ghany, a senior surgeon at the Cairo General Hospital.
The new clinic is scheduled to open at about 7:00pm (AEDT) on March 15.
It will be operated by an Egyptian Cosmetology Council team that includes Dr Mohamed Khairi, the head of the cosmetic and orthopaedic department, and Dr Elham Ghorabat, who is also the president of the Egyptian Academy of Dermatology.
The team will be supported by the government.
The Cosmetics Association of Australia said it was pleased with the move and welcomed the announcement.
“The Egyptian cosmetic surgeons have proven their capability to operate safely, with excellent quality and a high standard of patient care,” the organisation said.
“We are confident that this project will contribute to a more secure and efficient cosmetic surgery system in Egypt.”
The Egyptian Cosmetic Council said it expected to attract around 2,000 to 3,000 cosmetic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons specialists from around the world.
Dr Ghoravat said he expected around 50,000 people to visit the new clinic in the first three months.
The project will be funded by the Australian government.
“It will benefit the entire country of Egypt and we are hopeful that this investment will contribute towards the long-term development of cosmetic surgery in the world’s second largest economy,” Dr Ghorayat said.