In recent years, Turkey has become a popular destination for cosmetic surgery due to its seemingly attractive price tag in comparison to surgery in the UK. However, beneath the allure of affordability lies a minefield of potential risks and complications. In this blog, we will explore the reasons why people choose Turkey for cosmetic surgery, the dangers associated with it, and why having surgery in the UK may be the smarter choice for your cosmetic surgery journey.
Why People Choose Turkey for Cosmetic Surgery:
- Cost: Turkey's lower costs for cosmetic procedures can be enticing, making it seem like a budget-friendly option for those seeking a change in their appearance.
- Range of Procedures: Whatever you're after, there will be a surgeon who can do it in Turkey. Turkey is one of the most prominent locations for medical tourism, ranking second in Europe and seventh worldwide in terms of plastic surgeons.
- Exotic Appeal: The allure of combining cosmetic surgery with a holiday only a short flight away from the UK, in a beautiful country can be appealing to some individuals.
Cheap Isn't Always Better: What are the risks with having cosmetic surgery in Turkey?
There can be travel risks associated with having surgery in any foreign country, including Turkey. It's important to carefully consider these risks before making a decision.
While it's understandable to seek cost-effective options, especially during the current cost of living crisis in the UK. When it comes to medical procedures like cosmetic surgery, prioritising quality and safety is crucial. Cheap clinics abroad may cut corners on hygiene, medical standards, and experienced surgeons and staff, putting patients at significant risk.
Some potential travel risks when having cosmetic surgery abroad include:
- Medical Standards:
As Turkey isn't part of the EU, they do not comply with the strict guidelines that our surgeons and hospitals in the UK have. There have been an increase in reports of medical malpractice and complications from plastic surgery in Turkey, specifically. Although, it’s important to note this can happen in any country, and it is important to do your research of the qualifications and experience of your chosen cosmetic surgeon before undergoing any procedure.
- Fatalities and Complications:
Shockingly, there has been an increase in reports related to cosmetic surgery procedures performed in Turkey. These tragedies highlight the consequences of choosing price over safety and expertise.
The MEN recently published a story about Leanne Michelle Leary, 38 mum-of-three who died alone in a Turkish hospital following a £2,000 gastric sleeve procedure. This devastating story is becoming a lot more common in the news, with the rise of patients seeking cosmetic surgery abroad.
Leanne's ex husband told the MEN "It was £2,000 for the whole package. I think the same procedure if you went privately in the UK was around £12,000."
We understand this massive price reduction seems attractive, especially when you have insecurities you want to get rid of fast. However, there is a reason for these price differences. At Pall Mall, your surgery price package is reflective of the quality of care you will receive with us, before, during and after your surgery!
- Language Barrier:
Communication with medical staff can be challenging if you don't speak the local language or if the medical professionals don't speak your language fluently. This could lead to misunderstandings and potential complications post surgery.
- Lack of Aftercare:
One major concern with many overseas cosmetic surgery providers is the lack of comprehensive aftercare. Patients may find themselves with inadequate support and assistance in case of post-surgery complications, concerns or questions. You aren't receiving those post-op checks with nurses or surgeons that are vital in optimal recovery and effective long term results.
Surgery increases the risk of infection, and travelling exposes you to different environments and potential exposures to infection. Studies have found that patients who fly back to the UK shortly after their procedure is carried out have a significantly increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Cosmetic tourism and the increase in demand on the NHS
When something goes wrong with a cosmetic procedure abroad, patients may end up seeking corrective treatment or aftercare from the NHS as they aren't in a position to fly back to the clinic. This can place additional strain on the already burdened healthcare system in the UK.
Millions are spent every year in the UK on correcting surgeries that happened abroad. You will only be quickly fixed by an NHS surgeon, unless you're in a life-threatening condition. You will be directed to having your complications treated by your original surgeon or a private clinic which will lead you to paying more and having to undergo more surgery.
When having cosmetic surgery in Turkey, you aren't looked after or covered for any revisions post surgery. Once you fly home, you are no longer their responsibility.
The Benefits of Choosing Pall Mall Cosmetics in the UK:
- Comprehensive Aftercare: At Pall Mall Cosmetics, we prioritise your well-being, offering up to 2 years of aftercare to ensure your complete satisfaction and recovery.
- Private Hospital: Our own private hospital ensures a controlled and safe environment for your cosmetic surgery journey, fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to guarantee the best possible results for our patients.
- GMC Registered Surgeons: Our highly skilled and GMC registered surgeons have years of experience in cosmetic procedures, providing you with peace of mind knowing you are in expert hands.
- Personalised Journey: At Pall Mall Cosmetics, we understand that choosing cosmetic surgery is a big decision. That's why we want to make sure you receive a personalised journey. With us you will be assigned your own dedicated patient coordinator and patient experience team, guiding you every step of the way, pre and post surgery.
- Quality and Safety: We follow the strictest medical standards, prioritising your safety and comfort throughout your entire cosmetic surgery process. This is shown in our CQC rated clinics across the North West and GMC registered surgeons.
- Payment Options: We want to make safe cosmetic surgery accessible to patients and remove the need to seek surgery abroad, which is why we offer monthly payment options and 0% finance to give our patients access to affordable payments and flexibility.
Cosmetic surgery is a life-changing decision, and it's essential to prioritise safety, expertise, and aftercare over the temptation of lower costs. The risks associated with having cosmetic surgery in Turkey should not be underestimated. By choosing a reputable UK-based provider like Pall Mall Cosmetics, you can ensure a safer and more fulfilling cosmetic journey with the support of experienced professionals and the highest medical standards. Your well-being should never be compromised in the pursuit of a cosmetic transformation.