By Rosie Wilson
Following the recent death of a British woman undergoing cosmetic surgery in Thailand due to a botched job by an ‘unqualified doctor’, BAPRAS reiterate warnings to consider the risks associated with travelling abroad for surgery.
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) has issued a statement, urging people to think carefully about the risks involved with undergoing surgery abroad.
The president of BAPRAS Graeme Perks said: “We are saddened to hear the news that a woman has died. Given the risks, BAPRAS advises patients against travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery unless you are sure of your safety – whilst it can look like a cheap deal, it could lead to serious health and financial consequences if things go wrong.”
BAPRAS further advise seeking a practitioner who is fully qualified and registered as a specialist with the General Medical Council for Plastic Surgery. It is also highly recommended that you attend at least one consultation with your surgeon prior to your procedure, which may not be possible when choosing a surgeon abroad.
If you are still considering travelling out of the country to undergo your medical procedure, BAPRAS has compiled a comprehensive list of considerations about your surgery and surgeon before agreeing to the procedure.
For the full document, please visit www.bapras.org.uk