Dangerous cosmetic surgery and medical negligence claims

Date: Mar 26, 2014

A warning has been issued by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons to patients who might be thinking about heading overseas to undergo cosmetic surgery.

It appears that "cosmetic tourism" packages are becoming quite popular among globe-trotting Aussies, with one private health insurer planning to offer such a promotion.

However, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons is adamant travelling abroad to get an inexpensive "nip and tuck" is laden with risk and "should not be undertaken lightly".

"We have not been involved in developing the proposed packages or any auditing or quality assurance guidelines," said President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr Geoff Lyons. 

He added the promotion mentioned above had been developed by the private health insurer and "individual surgeons operating independently".

Dr Lyons said that patient safety is always the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons number one priority, and the organisation has been doing its utmost to raise awareness about the dangers of "cosmetic tourism".

In particular, he explained that many patients don't view cosmetic surgery as "real surgery" – but this simply isn't true.

"We advise anyone considering surgery overseas to ask questions about the qualifications of not just the surgeon, but other healthcare staff; and what happens if complications arise after they have returned home".

Of course, it's not just cosmetic surgery overseas that has the potential to end in disaster. Even in Australia, these types of procedures don't always go according to plan. Luckily, you may be eligible to bring a medical negligence claim if and when this happens to you.

Just because cosmetic surgery is an elective surgery doesn't mean you aren't still owed a duty of care by your surgeon and the other healthcare staff involved. Daily Life states that if you feel you have received a sub-standard procedure, it's important that you speak out and get in touch with medical negligence lawyers.

Unfortunately, reports the news source, it can often be difficult for patients suffering side-effects from cosmetic surgery to determine whether they are simply unlucky or, in fact, victims of medical negligence.

Marie Bismark, a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne's centre for health policy, told Daily Life that patients aren't often "given time to ask questions or think about what's involved," and as a result end up agreeing to procedures they are not fully informed about.

They are then left none the wiser if something isn't above board.

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