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A view of Split, a city in Southeastern Europe


With Your Friends in Health

Croatia, nestled in Southeast Europe along the Adriatic Sea, is a country steeped in history, cultural richness, and natural splendour. Influenced by various civilizations throughout time, Croatia presents a captivating blend of ancient heritage, medieval charm, and modern allure. From the historic city walls of Dubrovnik and Split's magnificent Diocletian's Palace to the preserved architectural marvels of Zagreb, Croatia's historical landmarks are a treasure trove for travellers.


The country's diverse landscapes offer a mesmerizing array of experiences. From the stunning coastline of the Adriatic Sea adorned with picturesque islands to the rugged beauty of the Dinaric Alps, Croatia's natural allure captivates adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. The crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic, along with its myriad of islands and stunning beaches, invite visitors for sun-soaked relaxation and water-based activities.


Zagreb, Croatia's lively capital, exudes a unique blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy. Its cobblestone streets, vibrant markets, cultural sites, and lively café scene reflect the city's historic roots intertwined with a contemporary atmosphere. Split, with its historic centre and the coastal promenade along the Adriatic, stands as another cultural gem in Croatia.


Croatia's warm hospitality shines through in its welcoming embrace of visitors, inviting them to explore its diverse cuisine, bustling markets, and time-honoured traditions. From delectable seafood dishes like brudet and black risotto to sweet treats such as fritule and rozata, Croatian cuisine delights taste buds with its flavours and regional diversity.

An aerial view of Zadar in Croatia, a country in Southeastern Europe.

Apart from its historical and natural wonders, Croatia is an emerging EU destination for medical tourism, offering:

  • Affordability in EU – Croatia provides top-tier medical treatments and procedures at competitive rates and being an EU member entitles EU citizens to a refund on certain surgeries in your home country.

  • Accessibility – With convenient flight connections from major European cities, Croatia is easily reachable for medical tourists from all over Europe.

  • Warm Hospitality – Alongside exceptional medical care, Croatia welcomes visitors with its pleasant climate, scenic beauty, and hospitable locals 

  • Professional Expertise – Croatian healthcare professionals are recognized internationally for their expertise and qualifications, offering healthcare services that meet global standards.

  • Cutting-edge Technology – Leveraging state-of-the-art medical technologies and innovative techniques, Croatia's medical facilities ensure the incorporation of the latest advancements in healthcare.

  • Natural Surroundings – Set amidst stunning landscapes of the Adriatic coast, lush forests, and mountainous terrain, Croatia provides serene locations that contribute to a peaceful and restorative environment for medical treatments.

Croatia emerges as an enticing and evolving destination for medical tourism, offering a blend of affordability, warm hospitality, professional expertise, technological advancements, and breathtaking natural settings. Choosing Croatia as a medical destination not only ensures world-class healthcare but also allows visitors to explore a country brimming with cultural heritage and natural beauty. Croatia stands as a testament to excellence in healthcare, making it an attractive choice for those seeking quality medical treatments within a captivating and scenic setting.

Some recommended places to visit in Croatia for a summer vacation:


Nestled on the western coast of the Istrian Peninsula, Rovinj is a picturesque coastal town that captivates visitors with its enchanting charm. With cobblestone streets winding through the historic Old Town and pastel-hued buildings lining the waterfront, Rovinj exudes a timeless elegance. The iconic St. Euphemia's Basilica graces the skyline, offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea from its bell tower. Quaint cafes and seafood restaurants dot the narrow alleys, inviting visitors to savour local flavors. Rovinj's harbour is a hub of maritime activity, where colourful boats sway gently in the breeze. The town's romantic ambiance, combined with its rich history and vibrant culture, creates an alluring destination for those seeking an authentic Croatian experience along the sun-kissed shores of the Adriatic.

Rovinj, a beautiful town in Croatia, a country in Southeastern Europe.
Dubrovnik, a city in Croatia.


Dubrovnik, hailed as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," stands as a testament to Croatia's rich history and cultural heritage. Encircled by formidable medieval walls, the city's well-preserved old town showcases enchanting cobblestone streets, elegant baroque architecture, and iconic landmarks like the Stradun promenade and the majestic Dubrovnik Cathedral. With its breathtaking coastal vistas and historic significance, Dubrovnik stands as an essential destination, inviting travellers to delve into its timeless charm and fascinating heritage.

Hvar Island

Hvar Island, nestled in the Adriatic Sea, captivates visitors with its idyllic scenery, pristine beaches, fragrant lavender fields, and vibrant nightlife. Explorers can revel in the island's crystalline waters, uncover the secrets of historic sites like the formidable Hvar Fortress, and soak in the lively ambiance of the town's squares and bustling waterfront. Hvar Island offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and energetic social scenes, providing a diverse and captivating experience for visitors seeking both relaxation and excitement.


Recommended places for a winter vacation in Croatia:

A beautiful view of Zagreb in Southeastern Europe, Croatia


Zagreb, Croatia's capital, illuminates into a mesmerizing winter spectacle during the festive period. The city's streets dazzle with a symphony of vibrant lights, bustling Christmas markets brimming with local crafts and delicacies, and joyful ice skating rinks, inviting visitors into a delightful holiday ambiance. Zagreb hosts an array of cultural events, from traditional concerts to theatrical performances, offering an extensive array of winter activities that add to its allure as a charming destination for a winter escapade, creating lasting memories amidst its enchanting backdrop.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park, draped in a blanket of snow during the winter, undergoes a breathtaking transformation into a serene and mystical wonderland. The park's crystalline lakes, frozen waterfalls, and snow-laden trees create a picturesque landscape, providing a serene sanctuary for visitors seeking solace in nature's pristine beauty. Exploring the snow-covered wooden walkways while relishing the tranquillity amidst the winter enchantment offers a unique and tranquil experience amid the park's ethereal surroundings.

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
Rijeka in Croatia


Rijeka, the coastal gem, takes centre stage during winter, hosting Croatia's grandest carnival - the renowned Rijeka Carnival. Transforming into a lively hub of festivities, the city comes alive with vibrant parades, captivating masked balls, and an array of cultural events that infuse the air with an infectious energy and a sense of revelry. The exuberant celebrations and rich cultural experiences make Rijeka an exhilarating destination for those seeking vibrant winter celebrations, fostering a spirited atmosphere filled with joy and merriment.

Healing Travel, committed to facilitating exceptional medical journeys, ensures access to Croatia's distinguished medical experts. Beyond the nation's enticing medical tourism advantages, the selection of credible healthcare professionals significantly impacts the safety and success of the medical voyage. Zagreb, as the central hub, presents a portal to an array of esteemed medical facilities dispersed across Croatia. Choosing reputable healthcare providers in key cities like Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, and Pula enhances the options available for diverse medical needs. Encouraging a holistic approach, visitors can seamlessly integrate medical procedures with explorations of Croatia's scenic wonders, fostering a comprehensive and enriching experience while prioritizing health and rejuvenation.

  • What is a brow lift?
    Brow lifts are procedures in which the eyebrow area is tightened. It is also called forehead lift. This procedure aims to give patients a more youthful look.
  • Do brow lifts look natural?
    The brow lift tightens the area around your eyes and eyebrows, which shows your aging. This procedure can be done to look very natural. It is necessary to choose a good doctor and reputable clinic to do this and of course, research what kind of results you want to have.
  • What can I not do after brow lift?
    It is necessary to rest for a couple of weeks after the surgery, when it to extreme physical activities. Rest with to physical activity at all is recommended a couple days following the procedure.
  • How long is the recovery after a brow lift?
    The recovery period varies from person to person, but mostly, patients can expect swelling or bruising in the first week or two. After that, normal activities can mostly be continued and after a few months, the final results can be seen after the body is adjusted to all the changes and healing is done.
  • Is there a non-surgical treatment with brow lift results?
    While there are procedures which offer similar results, like botox, the surgical procedure (brow lift) offers a different extent of results. This all depends on what the patient wants so, consult with your doctor about the results and lasting of results which you want.
  • Can a brow-lift treat wrinkles on my forehead?
    Yes, since brow lifts tighten the skin on the forehead, the wrinkles are smoothened. However, for fine line wrinkles and damage to the skin, you might consider fillers or some other option combined with this process. Consult with your doctors.
  • What is liposuction?
    This is a type of a surgery where fat is suctioned out of the places of the body.
  • How long can liposuction last?
    Liposuction provides effects which last for a long time. On the other hand it is necessary to follow a healthy lifestyle afterwards to maintain the results.
  • Does liposuction remove fat forever?
    This procedure removes the fat cells, which don’t appear back. If you maintain your weight and a healthy lifestyle, the results will last long.
  • What areas can you have liposuction?
    Usually, liposuction is performed at the area of the body which typically collects more fat, such as thighs, legs, gluteus, arms and stomach.
  • How does liposuction work?
    There are different types of liposuction. Next to traditional liposuction, there are laser assisted liposuction and ultrasound assisted liposuction. Typically, it involves making a small incision, inserting a tube and suctioning the extra fat out of the area.
  • Can liposuction treat cellulite?
    Liposuction is not exactly meant for clearing the effects of cellulite. Other procedures are designed specifically for that.
  • Is liposuction painful?
    This procedure is done under anesthesia, so the procedure itself is not painful. After the anesthesia wears off, there might be some uncomfort or swelling, but there’s medication to ease it.
  • Can liposuction be done again?
    Yes, it can be repeated. If there is some fat left or if further contouring is wanted. Before this is done, it is necessary for the previous effect to heal.
  • Does liposuction leave scars?
    Liposuction leaves really small and not really noticeable scars, since the incisions made are small. The scars continue to fade with time and adequate care.
  • Is it normal to regret cosmetic surgery?
    For some people, the period right after the surgery can be a confusing time, since you’re not healed yet, and you can’t really see the results as they are. Take some time to get to that stage. If afterwards, you are not satisfied, you can always consult with your doctors.
  • What if I am not happy with cosmetic surgery?
    It’s important to do your research and talk thoroughly with the doctors about how you want to look. Look at their previous work and imagine it on yourself. Thorough research like this is recommended.
  • What causes people to do plastic surgery?
    People usually get cosmetic surgery to change parts of their body that are unusual, for example men remove excessive breast tissue, people change a broken nose or so on. Also, some people change their appearance into a certain way they want to look, for example they want a pointier nose or a stronger jawline. Remember, what you do with your body is your choice and you have the right to change it if it will make you happier.
  • Cosmetic surgery cost?
    Depending on the type of surgery, the cost tends to be a couple thousand dollars. Minimally invasive procedures can be even less than that. Generally speaking, prices can vary a lot from country to country, that’s why you should do your research and find out how procedures can be done in a better way, for a lower prices in some places of the world.
  • Difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery?
    Cosmetic surgery aims to enhance a person’s appearance, whereas plastic surgery is linked to that purpose, but also, reconstructive ones - when a person had an injury or if a person is born with anomalies. Both terms are very similar to each other.
  • What are the risks with cosmetic surgery?
    Risks connected to this kind of surgery are like any other regular surgery. It includes bleeding, blood cloths, infestions, allergic reactions and so on. That all depends on the skills of the doctor, the clinic and patient’s health state or genetics. Consult with your doctor of choice when you choose to undergo this procedure.
  • How do I recover from cosmetic surgery?
    It depends on the type of surgery that you had. Generally, you should rest for a few days or weeks depending on the type of surgery. There may be a certain diet or activity restrictions for a while which you should follow. This all depends on the type of surgery that you had and your health state in general at the time of the surgery. Consult with your doctors.
  • What is augmentation of the breast?
    This is a surgical procedure, in which the size of the breasts is enhanced. There are a couple of methods to do it, next to the most famous breast implants.
  • How painful is breast augmentation?
    Some mild pain is expected after the procedure for about 3 to 5 days. After that, the pain softens even more and recovery doesn’t take long. It’s important to follow doctors’ instructions for the period of recovery.
  • Does breast augmentation feel natural?
    Newer implants are designed to mimic a natural feeling of a breast. For instance, silicone implants are gel like, and do give a natural impression. Silone ones can also suit patients who have more breast tissue.
  • How long do breast implants last?
    Typically, you can expect your implants to last for 10-15 years. After that, they need replacement. Some small percentage can expect them to last less than 10 years or over 15.
  • Can I breastfeed with implants?
    If the cuts were made around the milk ducts, avoiding them, then you should have no problem with breastfeeding. These sort of things should be discussed with your doctor before the surgery is done. The feeding is considered safe and can’t harm the baby in any way.
  • What kind of implants exist?
    There are two main types of implants: silicone and saline. The silicone ones are filled with silicone gel and feel quite natural. The saline ones are filled with sterile saltwater after insertion and can be adjusted when it comes to their size.
  • Is there an age limit for breast augmentation?
    There is no specific age limit when it comes to breast augmentation. There could be health related limits, but that is individual so consult with your doctors.
  • Does breast augmentation leave scars?
    Scarring is expected with any sort of surgery. However, there are techniques which are used to minimize the scarring. Also, these scars fade over time or by using treatments. Generally, scars are very subtle and don’t show.
  • Is rhinoplasty safe?
    The majority of these procedures have minimal risks, so it is considered to be very safe. It’s important to choose a good doctor and a reputable clinics for this procedure. Think a lot in advance about what sort of results you want to have.
  • What is the best age for rhinoplasty?
    There is no specific age range which is the best for this kind of procedure. Typically, it’s done in the late teens or twenties. The nose usually stops the major growing and changes in that period. After that, some changes with age can be expected, but very, very minimal.
  • How painful is a rhinoplasty?
    The pain after the surgery is not as bad as people might think or as it seems. Patients rate the pain of the recovery right afterwards from 0 to 4 out if 10.
  • What if I hate my nose job?
    It’s not so common that the patients are not satisfied with the results of the procedure as it may appear in movies or series or general people talk. However, if that is the case, a revision rhinoplasty is an option. Think about the desired results a lot in advance and consult with your doctor.
  • How is rhinoplasty done?
    There is an open kind and closed kind of rhinoplasty. If an open rhinoplasty is performed, an incision is made across the strip of tissue between the nostrils, whereas if a closed rhinoplasty is performed, incisions are made inside the nostrils.
  • How long is the healing process after rhinoplasty?
    The healing process usually last about a week or two, where some bruising or swelling with mild pain can be expected. The final results can be seen in a couple of weeks or months, after all the swelling is gone. Pain is manageable with prescribed medication.
  • Can you choose the shape of your nose after rhinoplasty?
    Yes, in the consultation meetings, you can discuss with your doctor about the desired results. The results differ from person to person, based on their face structure, that’s why a talk with the doctor will help you get a realistic picture of the results in the future.
  • What is abdominoplasty?
    Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure in which the shape or appearance of the stomach area is changed. This can include fat removal, stretch mark removal, skin tightening and other.
  • How painful is abdominoplasty?
    It is normal to feel some sort of pain (which is not extreme) after the surgery. It is necessary to rest and recover in this period. Follow doctors’ instructions for the healing period.
  • How much weight can be removed by abdominoplasty?
    It depends on how much fat and extra skin there is in your tummy area. Typically, patients lose a couple of pounds.
  • Who should not get abdominoplasty?
    Patients must be in good health when they undergo this procedure. BMI must not be over 30. You should be near your desired and stabilized body weight to do this.
  • Can I exercise after abdominoplasty?
    Yes, you can and it’s also advised to do so. After the healing process is done, exercise is good for you, but you should consult with your doctor about how difficult and active the exercises should be. In the beginning, lighter exercise is recommended.
  • How is abdominoplasty performed?
    The surgeon makes an incision at the lower area of the abdomen, removes extra skin, suctions the fat, tightens muscles and skin. The incisions are made in the bikini area typically and the scars fade over time.
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