Medical Tourism: Buyer beware

Media Release ‘Buyer beware’ – Plastic Surgeons warn of overseas surgery risks

Australians should be very cautious about travelling overseas for cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures.

The death of a British woman following cosmetic surgery in Thailand has prompted the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to again warn people of the risks of ‘cosmetic tourism’.

Read the ASPS media release. (27 October 2014)

More information:

ASPS Checklist when considering medical tourism.

31 March 2015, SBS News: Mexico closes clinic where Aust woman died. Read more.

19 February 2015, Channel 4 News (UK), Thailand: where cut-price plastic surgery is booming… and can be fatal. Read more.

28 October 2014, Travel Weekly: Cosmetic tourism under the microscope after death in Thailand. Read the article.

25 October 2014, The Nation: 24-year-old Brit dies during cosmetic procedure in Bangkok. Read the article.

24 October 2014, The Guardian: British woman dies during cosmetic surgery in Thailand . Read the article.

13 October 2014, ABC TalkAboutIt Season 3 Episode 2: Medical Tourism. Watch the video.

1 October 2014, Choice Online article. Do the risks of a ‘nip and tuck holiday’ outweigh the savings? Read the article.

25 March, 2014, Media Release

27 January 2014, the American ASPS released a statement following cautions from the centre for disease control (CDC) about infections from cosmetic surgery performed abroad. Read more in the article.

February 2014, Home or Away, The hidden cost of medical tourism. Vogue Australia. Download the article.

28 October 2013, NIB announces plan to offer medical tourism, see our media statement in response.
November 2011, Media Release