The Dangers of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism: Don’t Risk Getting Liposuction Overseas

by | Aug 22, 2018

At first, it sounds like the perfect plan – a quick and cheap holiday to a nearby country and enjoying a cocktail while you relax by the poolside, recovering from your liposuction. While the week-long holiday in total might cost the same amount as if you were to have the surgery in Australia, being taken in by liposuction tourism marketing can leave you spending significantly more in the long term. The dangers can cost you a lot more than a figure from your bank account.

What is liposuction tourism?

The trend to head overseas for cosmetic surgery has been around for years but with the rise of social media and savvy marketing campaigns, more people are packing their bags for a holiday and quick nip and tuck. It is estimated that Australians spend $300 million each year on cosmetic surgery tourism, making it an incredibly lucrative industry. With 15,000 people looking to go under the knife overseas, this growing industry sees tourism agents linking travelers with surgeons for cosmetic procedures as part of a holiday package.

The selling point of relaxing on a beautiful beach with a tropical drink in hand while recovering makes the prospect of liposuction and other cosmetic procedures seem more glamorous and achievable. For the same price as surgery in Australia, you could experience surgery and vacation overseas, leading potential patients to believe they’ve nabbed a bargain and tourism agents have gained an extra commission. While they sell you on the holiday, they just might forget to properly explain the risks.

So why is it risky?

To put it simply, it’s just not as safe as having liposuction in Australia. These deals seem too good to be true because they are. Overseas, different countries have different standards and regulations when it comes to surgery cleanliness, experience, and protocols. When you’re in a foreign country, the last thing you want to risk is a dodgy surgery ending with a trip to the hospital. While many people can come home with no troubles from their cosmetic trip, there are others who are not so lucky.

Surgery comes with risks no matter where you are in the world, and the decision to undergo liposuction is not something that should be made lightly. By choosing to embrace liposuction tourism, the ability to properly research your surgeon prior to the procedure is extremely limited. Often, you have no choice in the matter with tourism agents selling inclusive packages. In a nutshell, your overseas surgeon won’t know your body or needs the same way a local surgeon you’ve met before would.

Even more dangerous is the risk of contracting an infection while in another country. Just by being overseas, you run a heightened risk of infection, which can cause serious problems both physically and financially. On top of being in discomfort for days or even weeks, your costs can increase dramatically if you need medical attention or are unable to fly home on schedule. If you do manage to make it home to then be faced with a problem, your surgeon is now located thousands of kilometres away and unable to help you. This means you would need to find a skilled medical practitioner in Australia anyway, removing any savings you may have achieved by booking the surgery overseas.

How can you protect yourself?

Australia has tough regulations around cosmetic surgeries to ensure patients are protected. By having your liposuction within Australia, you are giving yourself the best possible quality surgery available. Spending a little extra upfront will deliver peace of mind and a smaller medical bill long term. It also means it’s easier to have more sessions if you choose and will see you back in your daily routine sooner.

Opting to use an Australian clinic like Vein Health means you will have a qualified surgeon who understands your needs and desires for a smooth liposuction procedure. For a fast solution, Vein Health offers the more effective treatment of liposculpture, which can be performed without general anaesthetic and has minimal post-operative discomfort. By trusting Vein Health, you can keep your peace of mind knowing that you will be treated with care and experience.

Key Takeaways

  • Having surgery overseas can not only put your wallet at risk, but your health, and maybe even your life!
  • In Australia, the medical protocols are well regulated, surgeons meet the Australian requirements for education and registration, and you will have post-operative access to your surgeon for follow-ups and any concerns you have. Patients cannot have that same confidence when undergoing surgery overseas.
  • Book your appointment with Dr Paraskevas to discuss how liposuction could achieve your ideal shape.


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