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Around 15,000 Australians travel overseas for cosmetic and dental work each year with the hope of a quick and cheap fix. Many Aussies can look to pay only a third of what it would cost in Australia for a range of complex procedures including face-lifts and tummy tucks.
President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and former head of plastic surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Professor Mark Ashton, says a lot of these cosmetic tours bundle packages designed for patients to have maximum surgeries in the shortest period of time, irrespective of risk.
“Having surgery overseas comes with significant risk as it comes with no guarantee as to the standard of care you will receive,” Professor Ashton said.
There is no such thing as international standards, despite what was advertised.