Only a few years ago plastic surgery in the UK was practically unheard of, but today it’s commonplace. However, the rising cost of surgery on British shores is driving many people to look for alternative treatment overseas. If you’re thinking of having a procedure abroad then take a look at the following information on the top 6 countries for low-risk cosmetic surgery procedures.
1. South Korea
According to a 2009 Trend Monitor survey, one in five Korean women have had some kind of cosmetic procedure, making South Korea the most ‘surgerised’ country in the world. In 2010 more than 350,000 procedures were carried out with the most common operation being eyelid surgery, closely followed by nose jobs and liposuction. Although getting to South Korea is significantly more expensive than travelling to Europe, on average, low risk procedures are much cheaper than in the UK and there are several clinics catering for foreign clients.
Despite Greece’s current economic climate, the plastic surgery industry is flourishing. Breast augmentation is the most popular procedure, whilst almost ten times as many penis enlargement surgeries were carried out here than in any other country. It’s possible to get to Greece very cheaply and many clinics offer packages to overseas patients that include flights, accommodation and a surgical procedure.
1n 2010 more than 800,000 surgical procedures were carried out in Italy with Botox injections making the top of the list, whilst more than 70,000 liposuction procedures were reported, making it the most popular form of invasive surgery.
In Brazil there’s very little stigma surrounding plastic surgery and people from all walks of life undertake procedures. Surgery is so popular that the government now allow citizens to deduct the cost of surgery from their income tax. Breast implants and liposuction are the most popular procedures, closely followed by rhinoplasty.
In 2010 more than 90,000 liposuction procedures were performed in Colombia and the country is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for cosmetic tourism. However, it’s essential to do your homework before you book a surgery as if anything goes wrong, it can be much more difficult to make a compensation claim or get the problem rectified in South America than it is in Europe.
In 2010 more than 3 million cosmetic surgery procedures were carried out in the USA and the demand for surgery has led to a significant drop in prices over the last few years. In America the most popular procedures are breast augmentation and liposuction, whilst buttock implants have emerged as one of the most popular newer procedures.
In the UK, liposuction costs £2000 on average, whereas in the US the average cost is $2500 which is around £400 less. In addition the USA is also considered to be one of the safest places in the world to undergo a cosmetic procedure but when you consider the expense of crossing the Atlantic and finding accommodation, surgery in America is not the most cost effective option.
Leanne Lane is at hand if your plastic surgery op should go wrong – she works at a UK-based solicitors firm and so assists hundreds of people every year in making a successful cosmetic surgery claim.