There’s not actually much official information about how many Brits are seeking cosmetic surgery abroad each year. In 2008, the International Passenger Survey (IPS) discovered that around 52,500 people were travelling outside the UK for medical treatment; and of those, approximately 28% were for cosmetic surgery.
Saving Money by Booking Treatment Abroad
A Which? Survey revealed that cost was the main reason that people were choosing to book their cosmetic treatments overseas.
Linda Whyborn, a 57 year old who travelled to Budapest for a face-lift, commented that her daughter’s mother-in-law ‘spent £6,500 on a face-lift in the UK.’ In contrast, Whyborn ‘spent less than £5,000 and was able to have a full face-lift, my eyes lifted and my jowls and neck done.’
The Advantages of Having Cosmetic Surgery Overseas
There are a number of benefits to booking your cosmetic treatment abroad. Although cost is the major factor for most people, there are also other advantages. These include:
The Risks Involved
Whilst you may save a lot of money booking cosmetic surgery abroad, there are risks involved with doing so, and it’s important to be aware of them before committing to the treatment. The main risks are:
Questions to Ask
When you book your initial consultation with the surgeon, whether abroad or at their UK premises, it’s important to ask the right questions, to ensure you fully understand the procedure.
Here are some important questions to ask: