Cosmetic procedures are now much more commonplace among Australians of all ages, and unprecedented numbers of us are opting to enhance our bodies, faces, and self-confidence through treatments including Botox, facelifts, breast implants, tummy tucks, and liposuction. These treatments do not come without costs, and some Australians might feel tempted to go for liposuction in Thailand, for example. Is this a good idea?
Put simply, NO.
The fees may seem too good to be true – this is because they are.
Australian plastic and cosmetic surgeons are actively warning Australians that, while the idea of a tropical holiday to a Thai beach might be appealing, adding cosmetic surgery at bargain prices to your vacation is never a solution they recommend. The fees may seem too good to be true – this is because they are.
Australian emergency departments are seeing more people who present with complications from overseas surgical procedures and substandard results, some of which are disfiguring. Too often, Australian surgeons are faced with complicated corrective surgeries following substandard fat removal treatments that have been carried out overseas. This is not only costly for the patient but undergoing and paying for secondary treatments which would have otherwise been avoidable is traumatic.
Why Do People Go to Thailand for Liposuction?
Some travel companies offer package deal holidays to Thailand, Malaysia, South America, and other destinations, which include cosmetic surgery with the initial recovery process spent in the exotic location. Known as “Cosmetic Surgery Tourism”, it generates $300 million per year from Australians, as people head overseas for “more affordable” breast augmentation, tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts, major dental procedures, and liposuction.
It’s estimated that fifteen thousand Australians opt for these overseas treatments – most because they are attracted by far cheaper rates for the surgery than are available here at home, with the bonus of an exotic vacation, while a few genuinely believe that the results will be better.
While there are some highly-experienced, registered, and certified cosmetic surgeons located overseas who are recommended by Australian health funds for those who wish to seek cosmetic or dental treatments offshore, the vast majority are not providing a regulated service, and patients may ultimately suffer and pay more for their choice – and even put their lives at risk.
Risks of Having Cosmetic Treatments Overseas
Surgery and tourism should never go hand-in-hand. Surgery of any kind is a serious consideration and should never be seen as a “bargain”. All surgery carries risk, from risks of general anaesthetic to allergic reactions, to infection and more.
Many other countries do not have the stringent regulations and practices that we do in Australia. These different standards apply to experience, protocols, and surgery cleanliness.
According to the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, cosmetic tourism trivialises the fact that cosmetic surgery is invasive. Additionally, most patients who opt for cosmetic tourism package deals are connected with their overseas surgeon by the tourism operator, who is working for referral commission – and this represents a serious conflict of interest.
Most surgeons providing these services are skilled, however, they are not regulated as they are in Australia and patients do not have the opportunity to research, choose, or meet their surgeon before they have signed up for the trip and arrived for their procedure.
Common risks of Cosmetic Tourism and procedures like liposuction in Thailand include:
- Increased infection risk
- Non-TGA-approved equipment
- Unregulated procedures
- Inadequate patient history considerations
- Increased risk of postoperative DVT during the long-haul flight home
- Lack of ongoing follow-up care
While you may be able to save a lot of money by opting to have liposuction overseas, there may also be hidden costs you’re unaware of upfront – including travel, accommodation, facility costs, medical extras such as anaesthetist fees, surgical assistant fees, and more.
Why Have Liposuction in Australia?
- Would you want to get liposuction from a surgeon who does not know your body or your needs?
- Would you want to risk an infection in a foreign country?
- Would you want to risk developing a potentially fatal deep vein thrombosis on your long-haul flight home?
- Do you really want to be away from home while you’re not at your best?
All surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments carried out in Australia are strictly regulated. We have very tough protocols which protect patients, guaranteeing the very best surgery and outcome possible.
It’s important to have your liposuction (or any other cosmetic procedure) with a doctor who is close to your home location. This way, they can address any problems that arise – as the treating doctor is ideally the best person to provide your follow-up care.
If you have surgery overseas, follow up care, revisions, and corrections will cost you much more in the long term than having surgery here in the first place.
Regarding costs in Australia – yes, it does cost significantly more here. Each patient is different and surgery is not a one-size-fits-all entity, hence costs differ between patients.
At the end of the day, don’t you want the peace of mind knowing that your body, your wellbeing, your safety, and your results are in the best possible hands?
Choose to have your liposuction in Australia – and then enjoy a holiday in the destination of your choice, well and healthy and able to enjoy it completely!
Choose Be Sculptured for Best Results
Run by renowned Sydney cosmetic surgeon Dr Meaghan Heckenberg, Be Sculptured operates out of Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic. We offer tumescent liposculpture, which is less invasive, more affordable, and more effective than liposuction.
Liposculpture is carried out in our clinic as a day-surgery procedure. There is no need for a stay in hospital and no need for a general anaesthetic, making it a safer and more convenient alternative to liposuction. Adjustments to your body shape are carried out while you are awake.