Patients warned against having cosmetic surgery abroad

18 July 2013

People considering cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic treatments should strongly consider choosing a reputable hospital or clinic in the UK, experts have advised.

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (Bapras) is concerned by the risks faced by those patients who choose to travel abroad for procedures such as breast augmentation or hair removal laser treatment.

According to the organisation, complications are often more common overseas and the aftercare tends to be worse than in the UK.

Bapras also cited research from the University of Leeds showing that almost nine per cent of patients who have cosmetic surgery overseas require further treatment back in the UK.

Mark Henley, a consultant plastic surgeon and member of the organisation, said: "Given the risks, Bapras advises patients against travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery unless you are sure of your safety - whilst it can look like a cheap deal, it could lead to serious health and financial consequences if things go wrong."

The expert added that travel itself can be risky for those undergoing surgery, as there may be an increased likelihood of deep vein thrombosis for those travelling by air.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 

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