Overseas Surgery Warning

The lure of cosmetic surgery tourism can come at a much higher cost to your health than your hip pocket.


This is the latest warning from the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), highlighting the risks involved in having surgery overseas.

Dr Amira Sanki, ASAPS board member, explains how digital technology has changed the way patients make choices about their surgery, often coming at a serious financial and personal cost to the unwary.

“Our world has become an open marketplace as the internet and cheaper airline prices have made international shopping an easy prospect.

“However, the problem with translating a global market to medicine and surgery is that price should not be the only determinate when it comes to your health.”

Know Your Risks

Having breast implant surgery or any type of cosmetic surgery is a big decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Making the choice involves a lot of research and at least two face-to-face consultations with your surgeon prior to surgery, plus time for in-depth thought about whether to proceed.

This process should not be carried out over the internet.

Our Perth plastic surgeons, together with Australia’s peak body for specialist plastic surgery, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), firmly recommend that you are fully informed before making any choices.

As explained by the ASAPS:

“There are many pitfalls to travelling overseas for cosmetic surgery that won’t be advertised in the glossy sales brochure, and whilst a short break combined with a cheap nip and tuck might sound like a good deal, a lifetime of pain and suffering doesn’t.”

Click to read the ASAPS warning in full.

To read our advice about having surgery overseas, click here.

To discuss options for cosmetic surgery safely in Perth with one of our specialist plastic surgeons, click here.


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