A quick 'nip and tuck' before Christmas?

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And it's not only women who are going under the knife.  As we are increasingly squeezed with higher costs of living everyone wants to bag a bargain but I suggest you consider very carefully before booking that trip abroad for a quick cosmetic procedure. That bargain may end up costing you more than the procedure would have had you stayed in the UK. 
If you are considering any type of cosmetic surgery you need to consider the reasons why you want to go under the knife in the first place.

A good surgeon will always ask why you want to undergo a procedure and may refer you to a psychologist to discuss issues which may not be resolved by cosmetic surgery. A review of your medical file is also generally carried out. Don't lie about smoking as this will have an impact on your recovery. Wound healing is slower in smokers and some procedures may not be advisable.

Consider whether the surgeon is registered with the relevant professional body and have the required training and experience to carry out any procedure. Never sign up to a procedure on a first consultation as good surgeons will give you the opportunity to go away and consider before signing on the dotted line. You should never feel that you are being bullied into a procedure or procedures that you don't want to undergo.

The difficulty with travelling abroad for surgery is that you may not have an opportunity to discuss your options with the surgeon until the day of the operation when you're lying on the pre-op table. There may be language difficulties and your idea of what you want may be lost in translation. There may be pressure to sign up asap so that you benefit from a discount rate or 2 for 1 deal.  One other important point is aftercare. Surgery increases your risk of DVT and pulmonary embolism which is further increased if you fly shortly after surgery.

What happens when you are back in the UK and your wounds start to break down, become infected or you are generally left with a bad result? Are you going to fly off again to have it corrected? Probably not.  If you still want to go ahead with surgery abroad, make sure you do your own research and read about any negative comments as well. There is plenty of information out there and no excuse to be ill informed.

Eleanor Armstrong 
Claims Abroad team

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