Gone are the days when plastic surgery seemed to be reserved for the super-rich or celebrities only. Nowadays, plastic surgery is as mainstream as getting your hair cut and coloured. It’s still pretty expensive to get plastic surgery done in the UK however, so unsurprisingly, many people are tempted to go overseas for these procedures, as private companies may offer cheaper options. Before you decide to go overseas, it’s worth taking a minute to weigh out the pros and cons, to make sure you’re making an informed decision.
Going overseas – what are the benefits?
Brazil, India, Hungary and Singapore might sound like pretty exotic holiday destinations to visit on their own – but they now have an added attraction that’s luring hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, from all over the world. All of these are some of the world’s top spots for medical tourism, as local laws and legislation encourages a more relaxed approach to plastic surgery. Local surgeons can easily set up businesses to provide private plastic surgery treatments, as competitive prices.
As a result, you can often pick and choose the right treatment centre for you. With an international range of options available to you, you can choose to go somewhere relatively nearby, such as Hungary, or a long-haul destination like Brazil. European centres are often easily accessible and don’t require a long stay – you can have your surgery carried out and be home within a matter of days. While far-flung resorts give you the opportunity to rest and recuperate from your surgery in some of the world’s most exotic and beautiful surroundings.
Another advantage of overseas plastic surgery is that you can be assured of total discretion and privacy – no risk of bumping into nosey neighbours when you pop out to do your shopping! It’s ideal for those who prefer not to go into extensive detail about their personal lives, or if you’re planning to show off your new look as a surprise to loved ones.
What are the risks?
Like any other kind of surgery, plastic surgery comes with health risks, and it’s important to consider these before you go ahead. When you’re going overseas however, there’s an extra level of complication – many overseas centres may have linguistic limitations, making it harder to find out accurate information about your planned surgery, or the potential hazards. To avoid issues arising later on, it’s important to do your research locally beforehand, and learn as much as possible about what to expect and look out for.
Overseas surgery centres vary in quality significantly, and the rate of medical negligence can be quite high, especially among ‘budget’ options, which compromise patient safety over cost-cutting measures. Do your research before choosing a centre, and try and talk to past patients, to get first hand insight into their experience.