Plastic surgeon says cosmetic tourism poses huge risks
19 December 2011Patients choosing to have cosmetic surgery abroad are risking their health unnecessarily. This is the stark warning from one plastic surgeon in Australia, who is concerned that having surgery abroad can often mean a serious lack of post-operative care for patients.Professor Rodney Cooter, president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, made his comments following the publication of some shocking figures from the last 12 months. According the society, there has been a 38 per cent rise in the number of Australians asking for help following cosmetic procedures performed abroad that have produced less than satisfactory results. Talking to The West Australian newspaper, Professor Cooter said: “Cosmetic surgery packages sold as holidays downplay the importance of the post-operative period. "Any kind of major surgery, cosmetic or otherwise, requires a high level of post-operative care. That means rest and healing time to reduce the risk of complications." It is thought that approximately 500 Australians head to countries such as Malaysia for surgery because it is cheaper than having it at home, however the average cost of fixing complications that arise from such medical tourism is $5,754 – approximately £3,600.