Warnings of the dangers of going abroad for cosmetic surgery

The business of going abroad for cosmetic surgery procedures is now worth an estimated £2 billion a year, according to a report by The Sun. According to the story, published online today, more than 60,000 Brits fly to clinics and hospitals around the world each year to find cheap cosmetic surgery. But experts warn that a decision to undergo serious and complex operations such as tummy tucks and liposuction should not be based solely on price. Leading UK-based plastic surgeon Simon Withey said: “Flying out for an operation is far from ideal. You are asking for trouble”. While the cut-price surgery offered in foreign countries may be tempting, consumers are warned that “post-operative complications can lead to misery and added costs”, and are advised to visit registered clinics in the UK and Ireland instead.