It’s human nature to want a bargain but there are some so-called ‘deals’ that have a potentially high price to pay. If you are considering cosmetic surgery tourism there are many factors that you need to consider; not least the possible cost to your health and wellbeing.
Statistics show that an increasing number of British people are opting to undergo procedures in other countries and foreign locations are undoubtedly trying to cash in on the trend. South Korea, for example has announced plans to offer cosmetic surgery tax breaks.
From next April, you could receive a ten percent refund on the price of cosmetic surgery if you choose to go to South Korea, as well as not having to pay VAT on liposuction, breast augmentation and face lifts, but there could be a very real cost of making the decision to travel abroad.
The South Korean government isn’t making these changes because it has people’s health in mind. By 2020, it wants to raise almost £2 billion from medical tourism.
Surgeons at Elanic and across Britain, however, are calling on patients to be extremely wary about such cost-cutting endeavours that can ultimately have tragic consequences.
Of course, you may think that British surgeons simply want to secure your business for themselves, but this is far from the case. The following reasons explain why respectable surgeons, such as those working at Elanic, have worries that are far more serious than a potential loss of business:
The standards of cosmetic surgery can and do, vary wildly and the number of complaints about foreign procedures has grown by up to 35 per cent over the last five years, according to members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
There is a worrying lack of regulation in many countries. In Britain, the performance of surgeons is strictly monitored. There is regular training involved, along with independent reviews. The same cannot be said about many cosmetic surgery destinations abroad.
In the UK, surgeons must be registered in order to carry out operations and are only classed as ‘highly qualified’ if they have performed more than 5,000 procedures. In contrast, many cosmetic surgery tourists entrust their health – and their lives – to surgeons who may never have performed the operation before.
Trying to combine surgery with a holiday can be a recipe for disaster. Even ordinary activities can lead to a slowing down of the healing process and a rise in the risk of post-surgery complications.
There is also an increased risk of complications involved with flying, such as the potential to develop blood clots or pulmonary embolisms, for those people choosing to travel by air almost immediately after surgery.
There may be no chance of legal recourse if a procedure carried out abroad goes wrong, even if it is as a result of obvious clinical negligence.
The ‘bargain’ price paid may be only the tip of the iceberg if you end up having to pay for corrective surgery as a result of a poor procedure carried out in another country.