Travelling abroad for plastic surgery

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) today warns patients of the risks of travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery due to the potential for increased frequency of complications and poorer aftercare.


The warning has been issued following the publication of a report from the University of Leeds, entitled ‘Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone’; the first international research of its kind into cosmetic surgery tourism.


Key findings from the research highlight that: –    Cosmetic surgery tourists seek surgery overseas with cost-saving in mind –    The cosmetic surgery industry abroad  is unevenly regulated and poorly documented  –    Patients find legal redress difficult to access if surgery goes wrong –    The complication rate for people undergoing cosmetic surgery abroad is high at 16.5% of those surveyed  –    8.7% of patients surveyed required further treatment once at home


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