Medical tourism an alarming, dangerous trend

November 24, 2010

Medical tourism an alarming, dangerous trend
Medical tourism an alarming, dangerous trend

With the allure of a smaller price tag, many individuals are drawn overseas or across borders to undergo plastic surgery. However this trend, which is sometimes referred to as "medical tourism," is a dangerous practice that can leave an individual with a number of negative side effects, Marie Claire Australia reports.

The publication chronicles the plight of a Melbourne, Australia, resident who suffered the consequences when she took a flight to Thailand to undergo a bevy of surgeries at a third of the price they would be in her native Australia. The woman, who is identified as Tyra, barely met with a doctor who spoke very little English. The result was a trio of poorly performed surgeries.

The same procedures, when correctly performed by a certified plastic surgeon, may have prevented Tyra from receiving a botched tummy tuck that left her with damaged muscles, a disfiguring breast augmentation and lumpy thighs from poorly performed liposuction.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery warns patients to make informed choices when going abroad for plastic surgery. Following safety guidelines or choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon associated with ASAPS can greatly limit the risks.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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