More holidaymakers combine trips with having cosmetic surgery procedures abroad.  

According to a recent survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a significant proportion of cosmetic surgery in countries such as Thailand, Mexico and Türkiye is performed on patients visiting from overseas. A combination of cheap flights and surgical clinics marketing online offers for cosmetic surgery holidays have fuelled this.  

There are risks to consider in any type of surgical treatment, but there are particular risks involved in having a surgical procedure in a different country.

Our cosmetic surgery experts have put together 10 top tips to minimise the risks involved in cosmetic surgery abroad: 

  1. Research the procedure so you know what’s involved and whether it’s right for you
  2. Research the clinic and practitioner to make sure they’re properly qualified for the procedure. Meet the practitioner who’s going to perform your procedure
  3. Make sure the practitioner and the clinic have adequate insurance to perform the procedure, and request details of those insurers
  4. Ask what aftercare will be included. Make sure your practitioner will be available to deal with any post-operative complications or queries
  5. Don’t be tempted to select your practitioner because they are cheap. Your health is worth more than that, and it could cost you much more in the long term
  6. Ask about risks and complications
  7. Ask about down time after the procedure and when you might be able to travel home
  8. Consult your GP to get a second opinion
  9. Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve
  10. Complain if you are dissatisfied with the result. A good practitioner will do their best to put things right.

If you do receive negligence cosmetic surgery treatment abroad, our solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation. We have specialist lawyers who not only deal with cosmetic surgery issues but also with cross-boarder jurisdiction issues. They will be able to advise you where is best to make a claim.

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