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Should I Travel Overseas For Breast Augmentation Surgery?

While surgery holiday packages may seem appealing, it’s crucial to consider the potential risks and hidden costs associated with undergoing surgery abroad. Even with renowned Doctors and state-of-the-art facilities, no surgery is entirely risk-free, and unforeseen complications can arise regardless of the Doctor’s expertise. In fact, revision rates for procedures like augmentation mastopexy (full lift) can be as high as 20-25% worldwide. 

In Australia, reputable Doctors often take responsibility for addressing any complications that may occur after surgery, providing additional follow-up appointments and minimising third-party fees. They may also waive or reduce their own fees for revision surgeries if needed. 

However, if complications arise after having surgery abroad, you may face challenges and additional expenses, such as: 

  1. A) Having to travel back to the foreign country for follow-up care (assuming it’s not a medical emergency), incurring costs for airfares and accommodation.
  2. B) Seeking the assistance of a Doctor in Australia and paying full price for a revision surgery, which could end up costing more than what was initially saved.

Ultimately, opting for surgery abroad may come with potential financial and health risks that outweigh the initial savings. It’s crucial to carefully weigh the decision and prioritise the safety and quality of care when considering any surgical procedure.

– Dr Ian Chinsee (MED0000975196) 
Registered Medical Practitioner, General Registration
Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Surgical Fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery & Medicine [FACCSM (surg)]
Surgical Fellow of American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (FAACS)