Aussie surgeons see boom in corrective work on 'nip and tuck tourists'

A boom in plastic surgery procedures in Australia is partly caused by requests from citizens to correct botched operations which they have had carried out overseas, particularly in Thailand. That's the view of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the country's foremost professional body in the field.It says that, whereas Thai doctors undergo three years' training before qualifying in the discipline, their Australian counterparts are not qualified until they have successfully completed a five-year course. Nevertheless, about 1,000 Australians seek treatment at Phuket International Hospital every year, and the hospital even attends exhibitions in Australia seeking to drum up business. Breast surgery is the most popular procedure sought by Australians, but growing numbers were also seeking dental work. Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons spokesman Dr Scott Ingram told news website Themercury.com.au he would be surprised if a Thai hospital could offer better hospital treatment than in Australia. He added: "We see multitudes of people who have had their surgery overseas ... coming back with medium-term complications and there is a whole raft of longer-term complications that can occur as well." See here for original article: http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/05/13/327761_most-popular-stories.html