Is low price worth the risk?

Central and North Burnett Times - - HEALTHY LIVING -

COS­METIC surgery is in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar among Aus­tralians, who are re­ported to out­spend Amer­i­cans on pro­ce­dures.

In 2010, Aus­tralians are es­ti­mated to have spent in ex­cess of $1 bil­lion on look­ing good. That mar­ket is grow­ing at a rate of 30% a year.

With de­mand for pro­ce­dures at an all-time high, cos­metic surgery fees have sky­rock­eted to as much as $14,000 for breast aug­men­ta­tion.

“We know an es­ti­mated 15,000 Aus­tralians ev­ery year are now trav­el­ling over­seas to places like Thai­land to un­dergo cheaper cos­metic pro­ce­dures, a trend that we find con­cern­ing,” said The

...an es­ti­mated 15,000 Aus­tralians ev­ery year are now trav­el­ling over­seas... Cos­metic In­sti­tute’s co­founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, David Se­gal.

“Choos­ing to have cos­metic surgery per­formed over­seas could be choos­ing to ex­pose yourself to a host of un­knowns.”

Es­tab­lished in Au­gust 2012, The Cos­metic In­sti­tute has grown rapidly. Mr Se­gal said some of the fac­tors you should con­sider when choos­ing a cos­metic sur­geon were the level of pa­tient care, the ex­pe­ri­ence of the physi­cian, the prox­im­ity to fam­ily and friends, and the post-op­er­a­tive care.

Price, he said, was cer­tainly not the only cri­te­ria in de­cid­ing to have cos­metic surgery.

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