Overseas surgery ‘not cutting it’

Cut-price 'holiday surgery' leading to expensive repair bills in Britain

THOUSANDS OF WOMEN who are lured overseas by cut-price plastic surgery are needing botched operations repaired when they return home, a new survey has revealed.

British surgeons warn that, although ‘holiday surgery’ may initially cost half the price of surgery in Britain, women are likely to face expensive repair bills when things go wrong.

The survey, by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), found that more than 80% of its members had treated patients with problems related to ‘holiday surgery’ in the past year.

Four out of 10 surgeons said they had seen between three and five cases in the past 12 months, and 14% had treated nine or more.

Patients have been left with severe wound infections and tissue loss, while one facelift patient was told to return to the UK with her stitches still in, where she had to pay to have them removed.

Douglas McGeorge, the president of BAAPS and a consultant plastic surgeon, told the Telegraph: ‘My experience with patients has shown that counselling is inadequate – the individuals have no idea of the standards of care in the country they are visiting and no knowledge of the abilities or experience of the surgeon.

‘Follow-up treatment is difficult. Complications do occur and they are usually left to the British system to treat.’

The holiday surgery hitlist? More than half the surgeons said they had seen dissatisfied patients who were treated in Poland, followed by 44% seeing patients from South Africa and 36% from Belgium. Other countries mentioned were Hungary, Turkey, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Thailand and Malaysia.

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