Is low price worth the risk?
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.