More and more holidaymakers are combining their trip with having cosmetic surgery procedures abroad.
According to a recent survey carried out by WhatClinic.com, there has been a 109% increase in procedures carried out abroad in the past two years, which can be attributed to a combination of cheap flights and surgical clinics marketing procedures with online offers for ‘cosmetic surgery holidays’.
What is even more concerning is that 60% of surgeons reported a 25-35% increase in the number of people seeking correctional surgery or help after treatment in another country, according to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Cosmetic surgery, whether treatment is obtained abroad or in the UK, has become ever more popular with the influence of celebrities in the media and availability. Our 2015 cosmetic surgery survey results found that four in 10 Brits under 25 have already considered having cosmetic surgery, but 28% of these haven’t done any kind of research.
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:
Research the procedure so you know what’s involved and whether it is right for you
Research the clinic and practitioner to ensure that they are properly qualified for the specific procedure you want, and meet the practitioner who is going to perform your procedure
Ensure the practitioner and the clinic have adequate insurance to perform the procedure, and request details of those insurers
Ask what aftercare will be included and ensure that your practitioner will be available to deal with any post-operative complications or queries
Do not be tempted to select your practitioner because they are cheap – your health is worth more than that
Ask about risks and complications
Ask about down time after the procedure and when you might be able to travel home
Consult your GP to get a second opinion
Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve
Complain if you are dis-satisfied with the result - a good practitioner will do their best to put things right
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