Breast enlargement is a controversial issue which often divides opinion. With a growing number of clinics offering breast augmentation abroad, ladies are choosing cheap surgery holidays to fix their body hang-ups, but is this the best and safest option?
Breast augmentation abroad
Anthony Armstrong, a consultant plastic surgeon and chairman of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), said: “People go abroad thinking they are getting a better deal but when things go wrong the NHS is expected to pick up the pieces. The NHS is currently underwriting cut price cosmetic surgery overseas because there is no clear policy in place on when the NHS should and shouldn’t treat patients who have elected to have cosmetic surgery abroad.”
With cosmetic tourism at an all-time high, and breast augmentation being one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery, the NHS has found it is now dealing with a record number of cases. The popularity of cosmetic surgery abroad isnâ€™t surprising when you see the hundreds of websites boasting the advantages of having the procedure carried out this way, for example: it can cost up to Â£1,000 less and your recovery can be spent in a foreign country in a fantastic hotel! But with thousands of reported â€˜botchedâ€™ cases, is it really worth risking your health?
NHS breast augmentation
The likelihood of the NHS footing the bill for breast enlargement surgery is slim to none. With the trusts already spending more than theyâ€™d like on the surgery, out of necessity, to fix problems generated by â€˜botchedâ€™ surgeries abroad.
However, there are a handful of cases where the NHS will meet the cost. NHS breast augmentation is a rarity and as this article shows, unfortunately, some people do take advantage of the situations in which the NHS will do it.
Breast enlargement clinics
With cosmetic surgery becoming a growing phenomenon, clinics are required to cater for the demand across the country.
If youâ€™re thinking about a procedure then why not see whatâ€™s on offer in the UK before going for the budget (abroad) option. Private cosmetic surgery clinics have a wealth of experience and can offer you free help and advice about any surgery. They also have many other advantages over surgery in a foreign country, for example: no language barrier, reduced chance of infection and less distance to travel for a return visit if something goes wrong and you have to go back to hospital.
With breast enlargement being one of the most common surgeries you wonâ€™t have to travel far to find an experienced surgeon in the UK and while you might save a pretty penny and get a trip abroad going somewhere like South Africa or Eastern Europe for surgery, the health benefits of doing it at home surely far outweigh the slight increase in price.
If you are considering any kind of surgical procedure, itâ€™s wise to make your GP your first port of call to make sure youâ€™re healthy enough to undergo surgery and to get some unbiased advice.