Medical “vacations” or “holidays” are all the rage these days. After all, what could be bad about making a trip out of the country to get a medical procedure done if it saves you a few thousand dollars?
It turns out, if it happens to be for plastic surgery, plenty. In fact, a new study suggests that plastic surgery might better be done at home.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons released the results of this survey that focused on plastic surgery procedures performed abroad. But, these procedures that are done abroad cause many problems, leading to over 80 percent of patients returning to get something fixed after an inferior holiday surgery abroad. Overall, the three main concerns these surgeons in the study have with surgery abroad include the lack of aftercare, major language barriers, and a definite decrease in quality compared to other countries.
When analyzing the survey there are some key results that show just how much of a hassle these procedures cause. One third of the surgeons surveyed indicted they had more repair work over the previous five years. Another astonishing figure is that 14 percent have seen at least nine patients in the last year that have issues from these cheap surgeries. Even worse, out of the surgeons polled, 44 percent of them have seen at least three to five cases stemming from these cheap abroad surgeries. Since cheaply done aesthetic plastic surgery abroad has become such a problem the “The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons” have been warning the general public but the warning have not seemed to have a major impact.
Another key statistic shown by this study is how many patients surgeons had seen during the past year because of some compilation with the surgery done abroad. Almost half of the surgeons that took part in the survey saw three-five patients that were not happy with the results of their surgeries. Some surgeons even saw around eight patients in a year that were upset with the poor results they received from their procedures. Worst of all, other surgeons reported having seen cases where patients’ suffered severe wound infections and some major tissue loss. Also, BAAPS surgeons were asked where their patients chose to have their surgery and 53 percent of surgeons said they saw dissatisfied patients from Poland. The next major percentage of surgeons saw patients from South Africa and Belgium. Other countries such as Hungary, Turkey, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, and Thailand and Malaysia were also discussed in the survey.
The key point that should be taken from this study is just how important it is for patients to make sure they intensely research every part of the procedure and where they have it done before ever considering having plastic surgery. Especially, patients should be weary of discounts in price and uncertain market strategies. Overall the patients must make the best choice for their individual needs, only period.