Doctors warn against going abroad for cosmetic surgery

by Gayle Ritchie ,  Sunday Mail | 2008-06-22

TOP plastic surgeons have warned that Scots women going abroad for operations are putting their health and looks at risk.

The overseas cosmetic surgery industry is booming as holidaymakers combine nip and tucks with a sunny break to recuperate.

But Ken Stewart, consultant plastic surgeon at St John's Hospital in Livingston, West Lothian, said: "I would strongly advise against going abroad for surgery.

"The risks are far greater and, if there are complications, there's often no comeback."

Plastic surgery is more popular than ever - a survey revealed more than 73 per cent of Brits have considered going under the knife - with people travelling to Spain, France and the US.

Some even go as far as South Africa - and combine their surgery with safari.

But Mr Stewart, a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has seen many cases where patients need costly treatment after botched foreign operations.

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