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Risks And Dangers Of Cosmetic Surgery Abroad, Cheap Foreign Cosmetic Surgery Problems

Updated on December 14, 2015
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The risks and dangers involved in using foreign cosmetic surgeons.

Numerous stories have been released in recent years regarding cheap cosmetic surgery abroad. The promise of cut price surgery has lured hundreds of thousands of US and British citizens to partake in a trade which has proven, on occasions, to be fatal.

As well as causing possible death, cheap foreign cosmetic surgery can leave the potential patient with lifelong physical scarring, permanent disfigurement, potential blood poisoning, and a massively decreased sense of self esteem: as well losing all the money that has been paid for the ordeal.

Many foreign ( not all ) cosmetic surgery practices or centres, do not have the required medical staff or equipment to carry out the reconstructive surgery which they advertise on the internet and in the media.

In many countries across the globe, there are no qualifications required for a surgeon to carry out cosmetic surgery. Unfortunately, some of these countries have a large number of disfigured patients walking the streets, a by-product of their 'surgeons' practicing techniques.

Before & After

Cheap Foreign Cosmetic Surgery Problems

Many patients return from foreign trips with cheap cosmetic surgery which is suitable for the patient and is quite safe. Many don't.

Some of the problems or risks lay with untrained or unskilled cosmetic surgeons whose ability to provide a quality service are near nil. Other problems are the hygienic surroundings of the so called operation theaters, some of which are actually in a rear room of a home, a garage, or an abandoned warehouse.

Silicone poisoning, scarring, bleeding, inflammation, infections, amputations and death are some of the results from using cheaper foreign surgery as an alternative.

Licensed foreign cosmetic surgeons and surgeries can offer a better service for all their patients in hygienic surroundings with qualified or well practiced cosmetic surgeons with little or no complications. But not all the time.

There is never a guarantee that there will be no problems involved during or after the surgery.

Illegal Cosmetic Surgery Trade

Breast implants fetch a high price on the black market in EVERY country. Many of the illegal silicone filled bags are stolen.

Some faulty silicone filled bags have been lost whilst being returned to the manufacturer. These may have design problems, slight faults, or are already leaking. Other silicone implants are second hand, they have already been used once and have been removed for various reasons including leakage and the death of a former patient. The same goes for the saline breast implants.

If a person is situated in front of a selection of implants and asked to choose which one they would like to have inserted, how would a potential patient know which ones are new and safe, or which ones may have caused the death of their previous host ? They couldn't.

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Cosmetic Surgery Insurance

Cosmetic surgery insurance is obtainable, but can be expensive and difficult to comprehend with many gray areas which may be baffling. It is these areas which need to be defined for each individual person prior to signing on the dotted line or before parting with any money.

Many reconstructive surgery insurance policies will only cover certain operations, in certain countries, and only up to a certain level of compensation.

There have been many cases where insurance companies have refused any payment to patients whom have undergone cosmetic surgery which has gone wrong, because of a clause in the fine print.

Prospective patients wishing to undertake cheap cosmetic surgery abroad should undertake to fully read any insurance policy which they are intending to obtain.

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

The list of cosmetic surgery procedures is virtually endless. From mini face lifts, tummy tucks and rhinoplasty, ( nose jobs ) to skin grafts, cheek and chin implants and breast implants.

Many patients who have undergone surgery abroad have been left with foreign bodies, such as swabs, left inside their bodies. This is a more common occurrence than any plastic surgeon would admit to.

Any type of cosmetic or reconstructive surgery carries a certain element of risk, going abroad for cosmetic operations may be more risky without fully researching the proposed surgeon or surgery.

Before and after photographs of supposed patients may be computer generated and not real.

Horror Stories


A patient has a tummy tuck and some liposuction done to herself in a surgery in Wroclaw. The liposuction was carried out in the wrong place on her lips whilst the patient was under anaesthetic.

She developed sepsis ( decay ) in the wound and now has necrosis ( premature death of living cells )of the skin and in the fat cells. The cosmetic surgery clinic has not returned her phone calls or emails and remains un-traceable.


Another case of plastic surgery gone wrong. A 21 year old BA student had plastic surgery on her fingers. She claimed that if she knew how grotesque the operation could have been, she would never of had it done. Having no money to re-perform the operation, she committed suicide by hanging herself.


A lady undertook to have a full face lift in an unmentioned clinic, which she found through an internet web site. The surgeon allegedly showed her many qualifications of his expertise and several before and after photographs of his previous patients.

Not realizing that all his photos and qualifications could be printed from any home computer with any name on them, she decided to have surgery. Her disfigurement has forced her to go into a recluse as the face lift left her virtually unrecognizable by even her own relatives. Her swollen face, lips, and forehead have resulted in depression and suicidal tendencies. The surgeon has since vanished.

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      Juney J 

      3 years ago

      An update to my review of Secret Surgery Ltd #botchedsurgeryabroad

      2 surgeons in the UK have confirmed that the surgery I had via Secret Surgery Ltd was negligent. I am currently pursuing a claim. I have had corrective surgery which has improved things, but I cannot be fully corrected such was the mess made by the surgeon in Poland. Secret Surgery are also promoting a general surgeon as a plastic surgeon, and the truth is, once you are asleep, you have no idea who is operating on you. This so called "plastic surgeon" did all my dressing changes, even though the surgeon who was supposed to have operated was present. I am now wondering whether the unqualified surgeon did my botched operation. Through my ordeal, I have met a lot of people who have had botched surgery in Poland - again by a surgeon promoting himself as a plastic surgeon and GMC registered. He is a general surgeon, with no qualifications in plastic or cosmetic surgery. Don't believe what the glossy websites tell you, nor the reviews which they have mostly left themselves. Treatment Abroad and What Clinic have done the decent thing after investigating the reviews for Secret Surgery, and found them to be fake - and so removed Secret Surgery from their websites. I would never go abroad for surgery again, and now run a support group for patients who have been botched abroad. Stay at home, it might be more expensive, but you can't put a price on your body - once it is ruined like mine, there's no going back. Surgery abroad is cheap for a reason!

    • newyorkcitygal profile image


      4 years ago

      With so many board certified surgeons here in the USA, I really do not understand why people decide to go outside America to have procedures done. In the long run, saving money on the procedure isn't worth the risk they take. Very good article!!

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      Juney J 

      5 years ago

      I had cosmetic surgery in Poland at the EMC Hospital in Wroclaw via a company in the UK called Secret Surgery Ltd. Secret Surgery have a Facebook support group, in which it would appear that happy customers talk amongst themselves about how well surgery has gone etc. It has just been uncovered that Secret Surgery make up fake profiles to post in this group, and the employees of Secret Surgery have conversations with these fake profiles to make it look like business is booming, and that they have a lot of satisfied customers. They also post their own reviews on a website called Treatment Abroad, where if course they give themselves 5 stars for everything! This is so misleading to the public. I have contacted Treatment Abroad about this, and also tackled them as to why my negative review was not published. I have not received a satisfactory explanation, and others have tried to leave negative reviews, and these also have not been published. It seems the owner of Secret Surgery is paying Treatment Abroad to promote her business. They say they are investigating the fake reviews, but only since I wrote to Sir Bruce Keogh who is leading the government investigation into cosmetic surgery! So fake reviews and fake profiles professing to be booking surgery and happy customers - not a very professional company, and deception at its worst! Secret Surgery are preying on vulnerable people and exploiting them. The support they say they offer is nonexistent. The trouble is, you pay Secret Surgery a "non refundable" deposit before you even see surgeon, and if the surgery isn't how Secret Surgery describe it, or it doesn't go ahead, Secret Surgery are not in the slightest bit bothered, as they have already had their cut. I have had a terrible time with surgery. I went out to Poland for a breast lift, and the surgeon performed a breast reduction, and a bad one at that! I am left devastated at the state of the surgery, and it is going to cost £5400 here in the UK to put it right. Avoid Secret Surgery at all costs, and the EMC Hospital in Poland. Please do not read reviews on the website Treatment Abroad, as they are written by Secret Surgery themselves, and are misleading the public.

    • Cosmeticare profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      To avoid such types of issues one must seek out well-known surgeons in one's community.


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