17 November 2010
While 'nip and tuck' holidays in exotic locations are widely advertised across the world, the many dangers of medical tourism are regularly exposed. According to popular woman's magazine Marie Claire, many women are unaware of the risks of contemplating cosmetic surgery holidays. These risks range from the poor environment a sand, surf and sun-soaked holiday provides for wound healing to the fact cultural differences could result in cosmetic surgery that doesn't meet the requirements of the patients. Nose reshaping provides a good example for potential problems abroad, as in some countries an upturned nose is desirable while in others a straight and pointed nose is preferred. Dr Andrew Pesce, President of the Australian Medical Association explained that the boom in medical tourism can have long lasting negative effects for a number of reasons - including the fact that not all countries have the same number of regulations surrounding cosmetic surgery and non surgical solutions. Dr Pesce also revealed that many companies that offer plastic surgery abroad are not operating ethically, he said: "These companies get kickbacks from the doctors, hospitals and hotels they're linked to. "That means there's a risk they could promote a super-size mentality, encouraging people to have multiple procedures that could put their bodies under quite a bit of duress." The Lancet, a respected medical journal, also recently highlighted the danger of patients bringing bugs back after operations in other countries. It cited the threat of British cosmetic surgery patients carrying a new type of potentially life-threatening "superbug" back home after operations in India.