Cosmetic Surgery Overseas

Passenger plane flying above cloudsYou may be aware of the increasing trend of Australians heading overseas for cosmetic surgery procedures. You may have even considered it yourself. These so-called “Nip ‘n’ Tuck” holidays may not always be what they seem. In this article, we present a professional perspective and answer some of the common issues when considering cosmetic surgery overseas.

Isn’t it cheaper to go overseas to have my facelift?

Leaving your choice of surgeon to a travel agent – no matter how experienced they are – is problematic. It is more difficult to investigate and make wise decisions on which surgeon is right for you when you’re not even in the same country.


Regulations for the cosmetic surgery industry in Australia are amongst the most stringent in the world. Whilst going abroad may seem to be a low cost surgery option, the risk of unsatisfactory results, poor post-operative care, and a longer recovery are greater in the care of a surgeon who doesn’t operate under these protective Australian guidelines and regulations.

I thought I may as well just have a tummy tuck whilst I’m away on holidays

The decision to have a surgical procedure is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Dr John Flynn, the chief censor of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) said in a recent interview on


“Surgical procedures and tourism should not appear in the same sentence. Surgery used to be very well considered and a serious proposition. It’s not something that you can add on to a holiday and it’s not something you do simply because this is the cheapest way to go.”

After my surgery overseas, can’t I just relax by the pool and enjoy my holiday?

Surgery of any type is still invasive to the body and requires healing and recovery time. It is not simply a case of having a procedure and then popping on your bikini and sitting by the pool. Proper rest and healing time, as well as professional assessment and care, is crucial to the success of any surgery. Cosmetic surgery is no different.

So, if I don’t go overseas, what should I look for in an Australian clinic?

An accredited surgical practice such as Lavida Cosmetic Medicine adheres to the strictest guidelines when it comes to patient safety and quality. Our procedure includes:


  • A comprehensive infection prevention and control program
  • Regular audits of the facility and staff to ensure compliance with national infection prevention and control guidelines such as the Australian Standard for reprocessing of reusable instruments (AS 4187) and the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Healthcare Standards.
  • Approval from the Medical Advisory and Credentialing Committee with representatives from Surgeons, Anaesthetics and Nursing.
  • Comprehensive patient discharge information and procedures to ensure excellence in post-operative care.
  • Collating patient feedback to ensure continual improvements in the practice.

Together, these credentials ensure the best in the quality of your surgery, recovery and results.

Who can give me more advice?

Before considering a cosmetic procedure, get the facts from an accredited, experienced Australian surgeon who can ensure your surgery has the most favourable outcome. Talk to Dr Sam Botros on 9526 5720 and get the facts on cosmetic surgery.