Cosmetic surgery on holiday: What do you do if it goes wrong?

Cosmetic surgery abroad is becoming increasingly popular, with thousands of people heading to other countries every year to enjoy cheaper cosmetic treatments. The idea of combining a holiday with a new beauty treatment sounds very glamorous but unfortunately things don’t always go to plan.

A recent survey has revealed that nearly 50% of patients who seek cosmetic surgery abroad return unhappy with the operation and 20% need corrective surgery to repair botched work.

How much you save depends on where you go but there are significant savings to be made by travelling abroad for surgery.

Common cosmetic treatments include:

  • facelifts
  • nose jobs
  • breast enhancements
  • tummy tucks
  • cosmetic dentistry
  • gastric band surgery
  • liposuction

Prices tend to be lower in Eastern European cities like Prague, Budapest and Warsaw but typical summer sun countries lie Spain, Portugal and Turkey are also very popular.

It’s important that you are absolutely clear what is covered by the treatment which you pay for, what it includes and what is involved in the after care. It is vital that you make sure that your clinic will cover all of your costs if anything goes wrong that is their fault, such as infections due to bad hygiene or poor-quality care. It is highly unlikely that your travel insurance will cover any additional costs that arise from elective surgery, especially if this was the main purpose of your trip.

Another important issue if things go wrong with cosmetic surgery abroad is that of compensation. Many cosmetic surgery contracts will have a jurisdiction clause, which means that their clinic is governed by the laws of their country. This means that any claim for compensation must be made through the local courts, rather than the courts in your own country. This not only makes it much more difficult, and expensive, to pursue a claim, but it could also mean significantly lower compensation payments, in line with the laws of the land.

Our cosmetic claims solicitors not only have experience in dealing with cosmetic negligence but can work closely with our specialist travel law team to provide quality expert advice on this complex area of personal injury law. We ill be able to advise you on your claim for compensation against an overseas health service provider, hospital, doctor or consultant. We offer to handle your cosmetic surgery claim under a No Win No Fee agreement so there is no financial risk to you.

Call us now for free, no-obligation advice on 0161 713 5575 or complete our online enquiry form to discuss your claim with a member of our team.


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