Sydney, NSW, Australia - While there is debate on the exact numbers travelling abroad to access cheaper medical and dental procedures, there is unanimity among all commentators that there are extraordinarily high health risks for Australians travelling to some foreign countries to have these procedures.
The warning from Breast Excellence follows that of Dr John Flynn, Censor-in Chief at The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS), whose media release in April 2016 reported that the ACCS was deeply concerned about the continued growth of ‘cosmetic surgery tourism’ after the reported death of a Victorian man after cosmetic surgery in Malaysia. A further Australian has died in Malaysia just two months ago while having cosmetic surgery there, as reported by the ABC on 18th December 2017.
Dr Flynn noted in the ACCS release, “The standards of care and facility safety in Australia are the highest in the region. One has to question the wisdom of increasing risks to health and welfare to get a holiday or save a few dollars.”
Chief Cosmetic Surgeon at Breast Excellence, Dr George Mayson, endorses the warning by the ACCS that risks to ‘cosmetic tourism’ may include:
· Increased risk of complications, infection and impacts on general health particularly with older people where complications are more likely to occur;
· Difficulty in assessing doctors’ qualifications and training;
· Difficulty or impossibility of a consultation with the surgeon prior to surgery including potential language barriers;
· The opportunity for follow-up care is reduced along with protocols for continuity of care;
· Travel and surgery don’t mix well: there is an increased risk of post-operative Deep Venous Thrombosis (Leg Clots) during the flight home;
· Revision Surgery could be required and this can be problematic when the operating surgeon is thousands of miles away. This increases risks and costs for patients and potentially to the public health care system as well;
· Unsatisfactory results are very difficult to redress legally or through other avenues such as State Health Care Complaints Commissions;
· Australian anaesthetists are among the best in the world and this reduces the risk of complications arising from anaesthesia, and;
· Australian Fellowship-Accredited Cosmetic Surgeons, specifically trained in Cosmetic Surgery procedures, are among the best in the world.
Eleven Media, in researching the risks of cosmetic procedures in foreign countries has found numerous disturbing reported instances of lives being put in danger. These have included the need to remove tubes and other foreign objects from patients on their return to Australia. Australian Surgeons have also had to remove mis-matched implants and even "tester" sample implants from patients inserted by overseas surgeons. These “test sample” implants are not intended for human use and if leak could cause serious complications or possibly death.
Breast Excellence Australia has clinics in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and is held in high regard for its patient care and safety, ethical operating standards and its ‘boutique’ clinic approach.
Principal Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr George Mayson, has been performing cosmetic surgery since 1985 and his skills, impressive results, high standards of patient care and patient satisfaction have each contributed to his reputation as one of the leading Cosmetic and Breast Augmentation Surgeons in Australia.
Dr Mayson’s main work interest and greatest passion is breast augmentation surgery. In 2007 he performed a Breast Augmentation on Channel 7’s ‘The Body Specialists’. In 2012 he delivered two presentations of his innovative techniques at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery. These were received with so much acclaim that he was invited to again present his talks at another USA conference in 2014.
Dr Mayson strives to get the very best possible result for every patient and it is this very philosophy, along with his surgical skills, that deliver beautiful results for his patients.