Britain can blame WFH for the rise in botched breasts! Plastic surgeons say 44% rise in botched surgeries from low-cost clinics in Turkey may be due to ‘zoom boom’ desire to look good on camera
- 82 patients needed NHS follow-up care in 2021 after botched overseas surgery
- British plastic surgeons want to crack down on this practice
- The government estimates that 63,000 Britons travel abroad for medical treatment each year
WFH may be to blame for a rise in the number of Brits left stranded by cheap cosmetic surgery abroad, experts say.
82 patients needed NHS follow-up treatment last year after going overseas for breast work, tummy tucks and other procedures.
That was 44 percent more than a year ago, when the pandemic first broke out and foreign vacations were effectively canceled for staycations.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which revealed the figures, is calling on No 10 to crack down on foreign surgery.
She wants ministers to introduce compulsory travel insurance for anyone who chooses to travel for cosmetic procedures.
BAAPS claimed that the increase in demand for cosmetic surgery is due to a lack of available local surgery and the “lure” of cheap overseas deals.
She also blamed the rise on the so-called “Zoom Boom” – demand for cosmetic procedures fueled by an increased awareness of how one looks on screen.
Reality TV star Katie Price traveled to Turkey last summer for liposuction when the government had the country on its “red list”. It meant that people should not visit “except in the most extreme circumstances”. Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry underwent breast reduction surgery in Turkey in 2020
During the pandemic, surgeons have seen more patients citing their participation in video calls as a reason for their dissatisfaction with their bodies.
Noses and wrinkles seemed to be the most common complaints caused by a phenomenon called “Zoom Dysmorphia”.
Experts say video calls can distort people’s appearance from what they really look like, creating the illusion of a wider face and wider nose.
Mary O’Brien, who is president of BAAPS, said: “Patients travel abroad mainly to save costs.
“As such, they overlook expertise and the higher complication rates associated with lower expertise put a burden on patients and the NHS when they return.
“This could be solved with mandatory travel insurance.”
She added that the cost increase would “make them think twice about a decision that could have serious, if not fatal, consequences.”
Government advisers estimate that around 63,000 Britons travel abroad for medical treatment each year.
And the practice is only “more common,” according to the National Travel Health Network and Centre.
Turkish clinics even boast that breast jobs are half the price of those in the UK, with price tags as low as £2,500.
Reality TV star Katie Price traveled to Turkey last summer for liposuction when the government had the country on its “red list”.
It meant that people should not visit “except in the most extreme circumstances”.
Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry underwent breast reduction surgery in Turkey in 2020.
Among the 82 patients who needed follow-up NHS remedial care in 2021, seven were men.
BAAPS said complications included life-threatening issues such as the need for emergency surgical removal of dead skin tissue and admission to intensive care due to infection.
Angela Perkins, who traveled to Turkey in 2021, paid £8,000 for a facelift that went disastrously wrong.
The procedure left her face disfigured, meaning she will now have to pay more than £30,000 for multiple operations to repair her eyes, ears, face and neck.
She said: “If someone had told me how much the decision to go to Turkey could have cost me financially, physically and emotionally, I would never have got on that plane.
“The last 16 months of my life have been hell.