Cosmetic surgeons in Asia see rise in demand from American patients

Recent research has suggested that increasing numbers of American patients are seeking cheaper cosmetic surgery in Asia, due to the high cost of healthcare in their home country. The findings, published in the Los Angeles Times, show that in some cases American-trained surgeons working in Asian countries are offering cosmetic surgery at prices of up to a third less than those of the same procedure in America. According to the LA Times, Thailand attracted more than 140,000 patients from overseas in 2009, with a large percentage of those coming from America. These medical tourists are advised to be aware both of the risks of undergoing surgery in unlicensed clinics, but also of the potential complications once they have returned home. Paul Keckley, Executive Director of The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, the company that carried out the research, said Americans go for: “short-stay surgical procedures where people don’t perceive much risk.”