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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, rhinoplasty and liposuction 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 cosmetic surgery, 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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