The dangers of bargain ‘surgery holidays!’

The market for ‘surgery holidays’ is booming as many UK women attracted by the lower costs of surgery in Eastern Europe travel abroad to try and obtain the body they’ve always desired at a bargain price!

Figures from the International Passenger Survey, showed last year 70,000 people travelled abroad for ‘medical tourism’, with over 50% of those trips for cosmetic surgery procedures.

Those tempted by the low prices include Claire Rigley, a 30 year old office manager from Nottingham. She told The Daily Mail that her 40FF chest was ‘huge – but shapeless’ and ‘There was never any fullness, just fat, so they sagged. When I lost weight in 2008, they were even droopier’. She looked into surgery and decided that she needed not only an uplift, but implants to improve the shape.

Claire Ridgely

Looking online, I found a clinic in Prague which would do it within two weeks for £3,500, including flights and accommodation,’ she says. ‘When I got in touch and sent them some pictures, they said they could fit me in within two weeks.’

Tempted by cosmetic surgery packages costing half the price of those a home, Claire like many medical tourists are often those on more modest incomes nurses, teachers, hairdressers and administrators.

The decision is one Claire ultimately regrets, days after arriving home after an apparently successful operation her implants leaked and she was rushed to hospital suffering a serious infection. The Prague based clinic, couldn’t be contacted for corrective treatment and her body has been left disfigured. Far from an isolated incident, as the number of women travelling abroad for ‘surgery holidays’ so do the numbers suffering complications and those needing corrective or even life saving treatment later on the NHS.

With research showing that one in six patients suffer complications as a result of cosmetic surgery and 9% needing further treatment, it’s essential that any decision on which clinic to use for your surgery, is not only based on price but also the level of after care provided should something go wrong!

‘With 60 per cent of British plastic surgeons reporting a rise in the number of patients seeking help after cosmetic surgery abroad, lack of aftercare is clearly one of the biggest flaws with medical tourism’, says Rajiv Grover, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Here at Desire Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a Lifetime Aftercare to ensure that you’ll be delighted with your new appearance following your surgery, but we’ll always be here to help you resolve any problems, worries or queries you may have. 

So if you’re tempted to save money by going abroad for cosmetic surgery, please think carefully about the accessibility and level of the after care provided and if the ultimate cost will be your health!

To speak to us about booking a consultation, call 01925 595012

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