It can be tempting to book in cosmetic surgery when you book your next holiday overseas. The promise of a new tummy along with a tan can be tantalizing. But there are many hidden risks, and costs, which you should consider.
Is your surgeon certified? In Australia, plastic surgeons need at least seven years of specialist study with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). That’s why we have FRACS after our names (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons). Many surgeons overseas may not be specialist trained. Also, be mindful that not all countries have similar standards of training to our high specialist training standards in Australia.
There is little post-care treatments with overseas surgery. Doctors do not provide for any complications that arise, and are not a part of your post-surgical wound care and healing.
Many Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Australia are not keen to repair any problems that arise from overseas surgery. Correcting poor surgical outcomes often still leaves you with an unsatisfactory result that you may have to live with. The media is full of this, and we see it regularly. Better to do it right the first time.
These concerns, and the difficulty many people have found in seeking help or compensation when operations have gone wrong, indicate to me that if you’re seeking cosmetic surgery, make educated, smart decisions. Surgery is not to be taken lightly
and using low costs as a deciding factor is a poor choice.
Dr Mark Edinburg (MBBCH, FRACS, ASPS), Medical Director at The Eden Institute, has over 20 years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. To organise a consultation with Dr Edinburg to discuss your requirements, contact us today on (02) 8814 5800 or fill out an enquiry form.