Following the publication of its report entitled ‘Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone’ from the University of Leeds, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), together with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), have repeated their concerns about people having problems following cosmetic surgery abroad.
Cosmetic procedures are the most common type of treatment undergone by Britons abroad but the key findings from the BAPRAS research highlight the following areas of concern:
BAPRAS advises that any patients considering surgery abroad need to know the following:
Amy Milner, clinical negligence solicitor at Penningtons Manches, says: “We welcome the warnings that have been issued by BAPRAS and hope that these warnings will encourage patients considering surgery abroad to do their homework thoroughly so that they know exactly what they are getting themselves into before travelling abroad for treatment. We are seeing an increase in new enquiries from people who have suffered serious problems/difficulties requiring further treatment and/or corrective surgery after treatment abroad. Unfortunately, there are often problems with the clinic’s insurance cover and whether a patient is entitled to obtain financial compensation from foreign clinics and surgeons. There are also jurisdictional problems which prevent patients from bringing a claim in the UK and who need specialist advice to bring a claim within another jurisdiction.
“We can provide free initial legal advice to anyone who has concerns about their treatment abroad and offer guidance on the applicable law in the country where the treatment was performed.”
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