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TJL Solicitors echo surgeons’ warnings against travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery

July 1, 2008

TJL Solicitors have teamed up with leading plastic surgeons to warn that patients tempted abroad for cheap cosmetic surgery are risking their lives.

According to a new survey, doctors are performing increasing amounts of repair work on men and women who have suffered botched operations overseas.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons questioned 36 of Britain’s top plastic surgery specialists. They found that 50 per cent had seen "a little more" repair work than 2006, while a third were forced to carry out "much more" repair work on patients disappointed with their foreign breast implants, tummy tucks and facelifts.

In recent years budget airline flights have made Eastern Europe a popular destination for the British, but package holidays combining beach or safari breaks with surgery are also commonly advertised. Last year more than 50,000 Brits went abroad for surgery, including cosmetic operations.

More than half (53 per cent) of the doctors who responded to the survey reported having seen dissatisfied patients from Poland, followed by 44 per cent having seen patients with problems from South Africa and 36 per cent from Belgium.

Other countries with poor reputations for surgery included Hungary, Turkey, Croatia, Cyprus and Egypt.
In addition, almost all surgeons – 92 per cent – said that they were concerned by the lack of aftercare provided with treatment abroad.

Tanveer Jaleel, founder and senior partner at TJL Solicitors, said lawyers were seeing more and more patients trying to claim damages after suffering disappointment and physical injury as a result of negligent cosmetic surgery abroad.
He said people should think carefully and research their surgeon thoroughly before opting for cheaper operations in foreign countries.

‘Although many surgeons operating abroad are competent and skilled, standards of training, treatment and aftercare can vary from country to country,’ he said.

‘People risk being left not only disappointed by their surgery, but in need of corrective and expensive treatment when they return to the UK.

‘Some foreign clinics are also risking patients’ lives by turning a blind eye to aftercare and allowing them to fly back straight away after their surgery.’

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