15 February 2011

People who undergo cosmetic surgery abroad are confident but not always informed or aware of the potentially huge risks, according to a recent study published in The Guardian newspaper. The research, carried out on the back of the tragic death of 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi, asked a number of women why they had travelled abroad for cosmetic surgery. Many answered that they had simply searched online and chosen the cheapest option, saying that looking fake shows you have the balls to change your life. Alarmingly, the interviews revealed that many of the women saw surgical procedures simply as beauty treatments. With this attitude towards major surgery such as liposuction and breast enlargement, its no wonder that more people do not thoroughly research the risks. All the women questioned said they had attended a consultation lasting on average half an hour, but they were not armed with the right questions to ask, instead relying on recommendations from friends who played down the associated risks. Experts warn that patients should always select their clinic carefully, ensuring that they are regulated by the Care Quality Commission if based in the UK.