Are there benefits to going abroad for cosmetic surgery?

Just as the number of cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the UK has risen, so too has the popularity of going abroad for treatment. It certainly appears to be an attractive, and competitively priced, option – cosmetic surgery plus a chance to get away from it all – but is it really a good deal?

Do your research

One of the key benefits of having treatment in the UK is that you meet your surgeon before the day of surgery where you are able to question them face-to-face, feel reassured that they are treating you as an individual case, and you can view the clinic. Mr Sudip Ghosh sees all his prospective patients personally at his Milton Keynes clinics. It is very unlikely that you will meet your surgeon if you choose a foreign clinic; rather, you will only meet a sales representative in this country before getting on your flight. Find out all you can about the clinic and the surgeon. If you do decide it is for you, ask to speak to someone who has also had cosmetic surgery at the clinic – would they recommend it? It is also important to know if there will be provision in the UK should complications arise after your return.

Your safety is paramount

Is cosmetic surgery regulated in the country you are considering? In the UK, providers are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, and the GMC has a Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons; anyone listed here will be trained as a general and plastic surgeon. Furthermore, choosing a cosmetic surgeon such as Milton Keynes-based Mr Sudip Ghosh who is a member of the prestigious British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons gives you that extra confidence that you are in safe hands: members are committed to keeping abreast of the latest in surgical advances, operate only in reputable clinics and submit an annual safety audit.

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