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The danger of cosmetic tourism

The decision to undergo plastic surgery should be taken with care and consideration. With any form of cosmetic or surgical procedure, patients are advised to perform in-depth research, with comprehension of all potential outcomes. Cosmetic tourism has taken the world by storm with very little information educating the public of medical repercussions. Luckily, Australia’s leading online information source for plastic and cosmetic surgery, Trusted Surgeons has decided to shed some light on these risks. So if you’re considering offshore surgery, read below and perhaps you might think again!

Risk of infection

The risk of developing a hospital-borne illness abroad is astronomically high. Whilst doctors may be qualified within that particular country, the standards of sterilisation and infection management vary around the world. Lack of regulation can lead to unforeseen and unnecessary tragedies.

Unaccredited surgeons

Similarly, surgeon accreditation and standards differ throughout the world. Within Australia, surgeons must undergo stringent training to become qualified as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). Unfortunately, patients will have difficulty finding such standards within other countries. Medical regulations in other countries do not necessarily have the same high safety and training standards that we take for granted in Australia. Make sure that you thoroughly research the “accreditation” that an overseas surgeon may claim to have. In Australia, look for Surgeons registered with Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). All Surgeons listed on Trusted Surgeons are registered with these bodies.

Hazardous environment

Patients should position themselves in the best environment possible. Unfortunately, this does not include sun, sand or salt. In fact, tropical climates aid to compromise healing and increase risk of bacterial infection. Additionally, remote areas can mean less access to emergency transport and facilities should an emergency arise.

Lack of care

Post-operative care is imperative for recovery. Opting for plastic surgery abroad means that complications cannot easily be dealt with once returned home and your surgeon overseas may never be reachable again.

Tourist traps

It’s been estimated by the Sun, Sea, Sand, Silicone Project, that Australians spend approximately $300 million annually on cosmetic tourism, with 15,000 Australians traveling overseas for their procedures. The appeal of course, being the cut of cost. But at what price?

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) emphasise the fact that cosmetic tourism trivialises invasive surgery. However, we have seen the introduction of health insurer, NIB, offering health insurance for consumers who wish to seek plastic surgery abroad. ‘NIB Options’ have already been questioned for breaching federal legislation that ban advertisements, which ‘entice’ consumers by offering, discounted cosmetic surgery and pressuring them to act before a deadline.

With such online content spreading like wildfire, it’s difficult to differentiate between what is and isn’t credible. Trusted Surgeons recommends conducting thorough research before committing to any form of plastic surgery, why not ask yourself the following questions.

  1. Is my surgeon a member of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)?
  2. Will my surgeon accept liability under unforeseen circumstances?
  3. Were the risks and complications of my surgery thoroughly explained to me?

Start searching for an accredited, Australian plastic surgeon at Trusted Surgeons.

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