The Dangers of Surgical Tourism

Medical tourism is a booming industry, particularly when it comes to facial plastic surgery. The promise of a more affordable procedure, combined with a pleasant backdrop for a restful recovery, can lure patients outside of their country limits. But what are the risks?


The biggest danger is quality of care and safety. Some countries do not have regulations in place that protect patients from experimental treatments or outdated equipment. If something goes wrong during the surgery, you may be stuck with little or no legal and financial recourses.

To attract patients some surgeons may present a laundry list of expertise. However, this may not be the case and so it is vital you conduct extensive research before proceeding with any surgeon. This includes reading countless patient reviews to get an overall feel for the surgeon and the way they treat their patients. Mr Ross’s reviews speak volumes about the quality with which he performs surgery and the way he treats his patients before and after surgery.


Finding a Reliable Surgeon Abroad

Generally speaking, it is better find a local cosmetic surgeon. However, you may want to consider consulting a surgeon abroad if they have specialized knowledge and unique qualifications. Cities like Manchester, Liverpool, London and New York, for example, tend to attract highly skilled surgeons.  This clustering of talent, coupled with reliable surgical standards, makes these places top destinations for individuals who are seeking the best-rated plastic surgeons. If you are contemplating travelling for a procedure, you should keep the following in mind as you choose a surgeon:

  • First and foremost, you should review the surgeon’s academic and specialized training. Confirm any degrees, certifications, and institutions mentioned.
  • Activate your personal network and ask for recommendations. Although it may be challenging to ascertain a surgeon’s reputation from a distance, you do have tools at your disposal. A simple online search can help you uncover any complaints or concerns that may have been logged about a potential surgeon. Do not be afraid to ask for photos of the surgeon’s work or ask for patient referrals. Mr Ross makes his reviews readily available for any future patient, and there are plenty of before and after pictures of his previous patients that are also available on the website. 
  • Ability to communicate. Can the surgeon communicate flawlessly in your language? This will prevent any miss-communications and will ensure 100% patient satisfaction.
  • Where will the surgery be done? Does the surgeon use state-of-the art technology and equipment? Mr Ross performs his surgery at the BMI Alexandra Hospital where he utilises the best equipment available, this will ensure your surgery is performed to the best possible standard.


Mr Ross is a cosmetic plastic surgeon whose credentials are recognized in both Europe and the United States. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure and would like to know more about your options, contact his office today to schedule a consultation.


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