Why where you choose to have cosmetic surgery really matters
Whether you have just started to look into the idea of having cosmetic surgery, or you’re about to book your first consultation, it’s likely you will have questions regarding your safety, health and wellbeing.
One of the most commonly asked questions is why facial surgery abroad costs less than surgery here in the UK, and what the benefits are in regards to choosing a face surgeon based in the UK.
Of course, cosmetic surgery procedures are offered all over the world, and many countries – in particularly European countries such as Poland – offer cosmetic treatment at what appears to be a fraction of the cost compared to the UK.
Tempting to many, especially when sold as ‘cosmetic holidays’ by sales reps, you may think combining surgery with a relaxing break as you recover sounds ideal – but there is significant risk associated with the trend we surgeons call cosmetic tourism.
Granted, in the UK the costs of undergoing cosmetic surgery are higher than most European destinations – but this is for good reason. Whilst there are many high-quality surgeons across the world, the United Kingdom without question is one of the most well-regulated and trusted cosmetic providers.
The price of your surgery not only includes the expertise of a highly-skilled face surgeon, but the expertly trained staff that look after you before, during and after your procedure/s, as well as the first-class hospital or clinic you’re treated in.
You really do get what you pay for, so choosing a procedure, clinic or surgeon on price (whether that’s in the UK or abroad) is not recommended. Seek out a patient-recommended surgeon, and if they specialise in your area of concern (e.g. the face) even better.
You’re not just paying for the procedure; you’re investing in a highly-skilled face surgeon and a full care treatment package.
Booking a cosmetic procedure online may seem like a great idea, especially if the price seems right. But what do you really know about the clinic, or the surgeon operating on you?
Flying out for surgery is daunting enough, but if you arrive at your destination and find the facilities to be less than inspiring you may have doubts.
In the UK our hospitals and clinics are subject to rigorous inspection and regulation, making them as safe and accommodating as possible. In the unlikely but possible event of complications, a team is on hand to help you, which is something you cannot be certain of abroad.
Patients often complain they cannot understand their care team or surgeon, and in some cases are not given the opportunity to meet with their elected practitioner prior to surgery. In the UK you will always meet your surgeon – initially during consultation, and again before your treatment takes place.
There are risks associated with cosmetic surgery – wherever you choose to have it – which should be carefully considered prior to surgery. In the UK, post-operatively you will be assessed and may likely be asked to come in for check-ups, to see how your recovery is progressing.
The results of your surgery can be evaluated and you can ask any questions you may have about the recovery process. This cannot be guaranteed if opting for cosmetic surgery abroad.
If you suffer complications as a result of your surgery abroad it can be tricky to seek medical assistance, and any further care you require is likely to cost you more than the initial medical costs.
Once you’re back at home it’s also difficult to make a complaint should you be unhappy, as the regulation of this industry in countries across the world is vastly different.
If you’d like more information about Mr. Aftab Ahmed or the cosmetic and aesthetic treatments and procedures he offers – including facelifts, necklifts, and nose reshaping surgery – book a consultation today.