Plastic Surgery Package Tours Can Really Damage Your Health ; Cosmetic Tourism Patients Risk Disfigurement and Huge Bills

By np | The Independent (London, England), April 28, 2002 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Plastic Surgery Package Tours Can Really Damage Your Health ; Cosmetic Tourism Patients Risk Disfigurement and Huge Bills


np, The Independent (London, England)


By Nicholas Pyke

Thousands of Britons tempted by cheap surgical "package tours" abroad have been warned they risk huge medical bills and permanent disfigurement.

The UK conducts more cosmetic operations any other European country. But the high cost has led to an extraordinary new market in surgical vacations abroad, combining cheap facelifts with sunshine holidays.

Now Britain's leading cosmetic surgeons have told would-be patients to think twice before taking their seat on the plane.

"I have a patient who has just been torn to bits in Istanbul," said Norman Waterhouse, vice president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

"I have another lady who went to Cuba and, on the spur of the moment, had a facelift which was frankly a disaster. One eye higher than the other, that sort of thing.

"People are free to do whatever they like. But I very much regard plastic surgery as being like any other kind of surgery. It requires infrastructure and care. People need to be extremely careful about this."

Surgeons point out that there can be no extended period of after- care, even if complications arise. And they fear that specialist destinations abroad may be tempted to offer surgery even when the patient should be turned away.

The victims, who may know little or nothing of the doctor who carried out the procedure, are often left with large medical bills and painful reconstructive work back home.

South Africa is emerging as the market leader in surgical tourism, combining high standards with sunshine and game reserves.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Plastic Surgery Package Tours Can Really Damage Your Health ; Cosmetic Tourism Patients Risk Disfigurement and Huge Bills
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?