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For some it may appear cheaper to travel overseas for cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures; and the idea of an overseas holiday combined with your procedure can seem ideal. While all surgery carries some inevitable risk, all patients should be aware these can be drastically increased when it is performed overseas.

Managing complications, wound healing and infection can become very costly and challenging following an international surgical procedure. Costs can also increase dramatically if there is revisionary surgery required after the patient returns home, and there is a chance that not all post-operative complications can be corrected to achieve a ‘normal’ aesthetic appearance.

For more information and advice on cosmetic tourism visit the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons website www.plasticsurgery.org.au.