Thousands of U.K. residents traveling abroad for tummy tucks, breast implants

May 11, 2012 Comments Off on Thousands of U.K. residents traveling abroad for tummy tucks, breast implants

Thousands of people from the U.K. travel outside the country to undergo various cosmetic surgeries, either to avoid National Health Service waiting lists or because the procedures are too expensive. However, this is not the safest of choices, according to ThisIsMoney.

A medical tourism advice site, Treatment Abroad, reported four out of 10 medical tourists travel for cosmetic surgery.

"Places such as Belgium are popular as you can travel by train rather than fly, which is a big issue if you have just had surgery," manager director of Treatment Abroad Keith Pollard told the news source. "People become medical tourists for non-essential procedures such as obesity surgery, infertility treatment and plastic surgery, very few – some 4 percent – do so for proper surgery such as hip replacements."

While many people travel abroad for safe cosmetic procedures, and take time to recover in the same country where they went under the knife, some medical tourism is quite dangerous. In such circumstances, not only does the individual travel after the procedure, which can increase complications, but the surgeon may not be certified. In addition, if something were to go wrong, the patient may not be able to sue. Certain countries develop laws that allow a person to sue only in his or her home country, the media outlet reports.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, choosing a certified plastic surgeon is important for many reasons. These surgeons are trained in their specific field, and have to pass certain exams in order to become experts in body and facial surgeries such as tummy tuck procedures. Since they have this training, their good judgment and aesthetic methods are secure, and patients can be sure their surgeon has enough experience to help them achieve their desired results. 

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