10 Risks Of Getting Cosmetic Surgery Overseas Instead Of In Australia
Thousand of Australians go under the knife for cosmetic reasons each year, but an increasing number of patients are opting for getting surgery overseas. A new type of travel agencies are appearing that specialise in planning trips and referring patients to plastic surgeons in their country of destination. Going overseas to get cosmetic surgery can look like an attractive option due to the lower prices. The fact that surgeons charge a lot less for some procedures in other countries and the fact that the conversion rate with the foreign currency often works in favour of Australian tourists. However, there are some major drawbacks to be aware of if you are considering going overseas for cosmetic surgery.
10. Lack of equivalent accreditation
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons requires its members to obtain a degree in this field. Requirements are different in other countries, and it is possible to open a cosmetic surgery practice with a more general degree in some parts of the world. This means the surgeon who performs your operation might not have received specialised training that is required in order to safely perform cosmetic surgery. The content of the programs taught in medical schools also differ a lot from one country to another, which means a professional with a surgeon degree in one country might not have received the same education as a medical professional who can perform operations in Australia.
9. Experience can also be a problem
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons requires its members to have at least twelve years of experience in the medical and surgical field before they can become surgeons. Other countries have similar requirements when it comes to experience and education for surgeons, but some countries have very loose regulations when it comes to who can perform surgery. This means the surgeon who performs your operation might be fresh out of school and lack the experience necessary to make some important decision and safely perform an operation.
8. The language barrier
The English language is full of subtleties and even though the surgical practices that cater to Australian tourists hire surgeons and staff members who speak English, you will not be interacting with people who are speaking their native language. This can become an issue since it is important to fully understand everything they will be done during the surgery. Your surgeon also needs to give you a realistic idea of what to expect and good communication is absolutely crucial to fully understand the procedure and the risks involved.
7. Staff members might not be educated or experienced enough
The education and experience of the surgeon who performs the operation can be an issue, but this also applies to the nurses who assist the surgeon or to the anaesthetist. Australian surgical practices use high standards when it comes to hiring and training staff members but you cannot expect the same standards from practices located overseas. You also cannot expect these practices to offer additional training to keep their staff members up to date with the latest practices.
6. The anaesthesia could be dangerous
There are strict regulations that exist in Australia when it comes to the type and quantities of products that can be used for anaesthesia. This isn’t the case in other countries. The professional who performs the anaesthesia might lack training and experience, which is absolutely crucial when it comes to safely administering anaesthesia. The products used as aesthetics in an overseas surgical practice might not even be approved for use in Australia due to safety concerns.
5. Hygiene and infections
Infections are some of the most common complications after surgeries. Infections can be easily avoided by adopting strict hygiene practices. Suffering from an infection can be costly and is a real threat to your health. This type of complications can be easily avoided by choosing a cosmetic surgery practice that values hygiene and that hires employees who received specialised training regarding hygiene.
4. Implants might not be safe
Getting breast implants is one of the most common surgical procedure. However, some of the implants used in practices located overseas might not be safe. The implants available in Australia have to go through a thorough process before they are approved. Implants used in other countries might not be safe for your health, which could result in complications. You might also not get access to the latest implants, which could lead to a disappointing result.
3. Surgery and tourism should not mix
Australian tourists going abroad to get operations has lead to an increase in the number of travel agencies that specialise in planning this kind of trips. However, getting an operation is a very important decision and you need to receive advice from a surgeon. The travel agencies that plan these trips work for referrals and will not provide you with the kind of advice you need to make an informed decision if this could result in them losing out on a commission.
2. After care is not offered
After care is important after a cosmetic surgery procedure. You might have to meet with your surgeon again to make sure you are healing properly. A second operation might be needed if you are not entirely satisfied with the results. It is very important to get access to good medical care right after your surgery to help with the healing process, which is not something you will receive if you go home directly after your surgery.
1. Flying after surgery isn’t safe
Going through a surgical procedure can affect your body’s clotting mechanism. You are more likely to suffer from conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, which means altitude is not safe. Flying right after a surgery could cause dangerous blood clots to form in your system, which adds another danger to going overseas for an operation.
Getting surgery in Australia might be more expensive but it is definitely your safest option for all the reasons listed above. You should not look for the cheapest option when your health could be affected and should keep in mind that dealing with the effects of a botched surgery or with complications would be extremely expensive and stressful.