Cosmetic Surgery Abroad
All surgery comes with risks, but what happens if you decide to book something like cosmetic surgery abroad? Are you going to get a high standard of care, or a cheap deal and potential future problems? If you are considering booking this type of procedure abroad, then it’s time to weigh up benefits, including saving money, against the potential risks.
Patients having problems after cosmetic surgery abroad, is one of the key concerns for industry bodies here in the UK. These concerns have often been voiced by representatives of BAAPS (The British Association Of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and also BAPRAS (The British Association Of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) particularly about aftercare, and standards in foreign countries.
While there are renowned, good quality plastic surgeons, practicing all over the world, there is still a global trend of seeking a cheap deal, so some patients may end up visiting a place where standards are not as tightly controlled, and guidelines not as strict. Cheap is not always best, and the same can be said for a treatment package billed as ‘surgery plus holiday’. The ‘holiday sell’ as it’s called, could be pitched by sales people, via meet and greet sessions, or online. This means you could part with hard earned cash without having met the surgeon, gained any knowledge of their skills, expertise, and services they can provide, and without having seen where you will be treated. If you consider how much work goes into cosmetic surgery, and how you will feel afterwards, then it’s likely you’ll just be recovering rather than enjoying a ‘typical holiday’ afterwards, as some sales pitches may proclaim.
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Beware of the holiday sell is a much quoted mantra when it comes to cosmetic surgery, but what about the safety of the actual surgery itself? Well, on one level it shouldn’t matter whether you book your surgery in the UK or abroad, as every surgery comes with risk attached, but if complications occur, then things could become difficult. It’s a given, that any UK surgeon will take responsibility for a patient’s aftercare, and provide follow-up treatment if needed, but if you seek a procedure abroad aftercare can become complicated. Overseas clinics don’t always have access to services and people in the UK that you can go to if you have problems. All this could create a lot of hassle, while you are suffering.
So what can you do to avoid these or other pitfalls when it comes to cosmetic surgery? First off, you need to do your research, and find the best surgeon and facilities for your treatment. You should book with a clinic that offers you several consultations with a surgeon, and a cooling off period before you confirm a booking. You should find out what questions to ask of the surgeon, and make sure you understand not only the procedure itself, but also any limitations and complications that could come up. You should also ask to see before and after pictures of their work, and find out how any aftercare/problems would be dealt with. If it came to it, you may have to consider how easily you could travel back to where you had your treatment, and how much extra you would need to pay for this.