Alert over danger of 'cosmetic surgery tourism'
09 September 2013People tempted to go abroad by the prospect of paying less for some cosmetic surgery procedures have been warned of the possible consequences. An article on The Daily Mail's website has stressed that, while the cost of the procedures might be cheap, "so is the quality of the aftercare." One woman who found this out is 30-year-old Claire Rigley who, the newspaper reported, went to Prague in the Czech Republic having been enticed by the prospect of having breast surgery for half its typical cost in the UK. But a British law which stipulates that patients must be given a 14-day 'cooling off' period between their initial consultation and having the surgery itself did not apply in her case. So when one of her implants began leaking a week after she returned home, she delayed seeking further help for several days. Eventually, she needed reconstructive surgery after having too much skin removed by the Czech surgeon and implants fitted which were too large, resulted in the blood flow to her breasts being cut off. Rajiv Grover, president of the British Associated of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said the lack of aftercare given to patients can bring about problems. "The healing process can't be confined to ten days or less," he said. "Patients need to be followed up for at least six weeks. "But on these surgery holidays you stay a few nights and after that your surgeon is thousands of miles away."