More and more British patients are travelling abroad to undergo cosmetic surgery, but while it might be cheaper, there are concerns that it’s not always safe.
The Daily Mail recently reported how the most popular destinations for ‘medical tourists’ include Czech Republic for nose jobs, Belgium for tummy tucks, Poland for breast implants and Turkey for bottom lifts and hair transplants. The reason these hotspots are so popular is because surgery is a lot cheaper there. According to The Daily Mail article, breast augmentation costs £1,972 in Poland compared with £3,736 in the UK.
Cosmetic surgery has become more socially-acceptable in recent years thanks to the rise of reality TV shows like TOWIE that portray glamorous men and women who have had numerous procedures and who are willing to discuss their surgery in the media. Some argue that social platforms like Instagram and Facebook also encourage cosmetic surgery, as they revolve around photographs and selfies.
More and more people are deciding to have surgery, but not everybody can afford to have the surgery in the UK. Cheaper surgery abroad coupled with the rise of low-cost airlines mean that millions of Brits are now flying further afield to have cosmetic surgery. The big question is whether it is safe to undergo surgery in these countries.
While there are many quality surgeons around the world, not every country adheres to the same guidelines and laws as Britain does and so it’s not always easy to find a good surgeon. There are rules about ‘data transparency’ in the UK that mean it is easier to look up the hygiene records and success stories of your chosen surgery before committing to having a procedure.
For example, the web site of UK-based MYA contains plenty of information about guidelines, education, data and quality control. Their web site also has other useful resources to check out if you are considering having cosmetic surgery. It’s so important to do your research, whether you are thinking about going abroad for your surgery or planning on having the procedure done in the UK.
Of course it’s more difficult to carry out research abroad, especially if you don’t speak the language, but that’s even more reason to take your time when deciding on a surgeon. Choosing to have cosmetic surgery is an important decision that should not be taken lightly, so make sure you do as much research as possible and consider all the pros and cons.