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Medical Tourism- keep it safe, keep it local

A nip and tuck whilst recovering by the pool with a cocktail sounds like a great proposition to some, but surgeons in Australia are warning that heading overseas to save money on cosmetic procedures could come at a much higher cost.

Just as the cosmetic industry is booming in Australia, it appears that more and more Australians are opting to have their cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and overseas as a part of a “medi makeover” package deal in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand. It is estimated that 15,000 Australians are heading overseas each year to go under the knife and spending an estimated $300m on cosmetic tourism.

With all surgeries, there are always risks involved but over the past few years, emergency rooms have seen an increasing number of people arrive with complications often related to breast implant infections who have recently arrived home from South-East Asia. Revision surgery and corrections in Australia add a significant cost to these patients’ bills.

Before committing to any form of , it’s incredibly important to research and look for the surgeon’s qualifications, experience and national or international accreditation. The ASPS website is a great place for information on procedures and if the surgeon is accredited. ASPS also provides a list of things to look out for when contemplating cosmetic surgery overseas. View this list here; http://www.plasticsurgery.org.au/protecting-patient-safety/current-issues/buyer-beware-cosmetic-tourism/

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Dr Scott J. Turner

Dr Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training and hands on experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you the natural, beautiful results and improved sense of well-being you want.

Dr Turner has set himself apart from the masses of other cosmetic surgeons. His goal has remained the same from the day he elected to become a surgeon: to provide his patients with natural, beautiful results. Today, his thriving practice is testament to what he set out to achieve from the very beginning: changing a person’s quality of life, through self-improvement.

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