Cheaper cosmetic surgery abroad could end up costing more in the long run

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Up until last year, and in spite of the tough economic times, going under the cosmetic surgeon’s knife was becoming increasingly popular.

Breast augmentations (boob jobs) continue to be the most common cosmetic surgery by far.

But while figures from 2011 showed the number of women having breast enlargements had risen by 6.2 per cent, the increase was recorded before the recent French PIP implants furore.

Stephen Hamilton, a consultant plastic surgeon and spokesman for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which represents 40 per cent of UK plastic surgeons, doesn’t think the PIP problem will have put many women off having breast implants.

‘I think the PIP problem has scared people, but I don’t think it’s necessarily made them change their minds about having surgery,’ he says. ‘I think it’s made them ask more about their implants, and that’s a good thing.’

For those just beginning the cosmetic surgery journey, he advises acting on recommendations from people who’ve already been successfully treated, or perhaps talking to a GP. If recommendations aren’t an option, he suggests locating a surgeon through the BAAPS website’s find a surgeon search facility (baaps.org.uk).

The cheapest option is often abroad but safety issues mean it could work out much more expensive if there are any complications after surgery.

‘If patients do travel abroad, they should do their research very thoroughly,’ he adds. ‘If your reason for choosing a surgeon is price, it’s probably a false economy.’

Wherever they go, patients should always have a full consultation with their surgeon – not a nurse or an advisor.