How to Avoid Botched Cosmetic Surgery: 7 Timely Tips


7 Tips to reduce your risks and Avoid Botched Cosmetic Surgery

Everyone wants to Avoid Botched Cosmetic Surgery.

No one wants to make a mistake when it comes to having cosmetic surgery aimed at enhancing your appearance, not detracting from it or making it look unnatural. Sadly, social media sharing of surgery results, questionable advertising and even local television shows have continued to add to the CONFUSION people have about which TYPES of doctors are actually qualified, trained and accredited to perform complex cosmetic surgery procedures. Because even a GP can use the label ‘cosmetic surgeon’, with patients UNAWARE of what that MEANS, here are TIPS to help you understand HOW to choose a good Surgeon AND what to keep in mind before consenting to a procedure and the dangers of overseas cosmetic tourism.

1. Find out who is operating and what qualifies them to do so?

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It’s best to know who is actually going to operate on you AND what their EXACT medical training and SURGICAL qualifications are.

  • Look it up. If they are a qualified Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic or Reconstructive Surgeon. The surgeon will have FRACS (Plas) and likely belong to ASPS, ASAPS and ISAPS
  • A qualified surgeon will also have the title of Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Cosmetic Surgeons, General Practitioners, Dentists and Skin Doctors cannot use this title.
  • A cosmetic surgeon, in contrast, isn’t often accredited by RACS (Royal Australian College of Surgeons)
  • Cosmetic Surgeons are not recognised by AHRPA or have hospital operating rights.
  • Read HOW TO CHOOSE from the best of the best Plastic Surgeons.

2. Read up on the dangers of medical tourism

In some case’s cosmetic surgery procedures result in botched outcomes. These dangerous results are from doctors in training and overseas hospital. In these hospitals, patients have little recourse if something goes wrong.

  • infections, medication variance, bacteria
  • flying too soon after surgery
  • not having any follow-up care or recourse
  • communication challenges/language barriers
  • unknown breast implant quality
If you can’t drink the water safely in an overseas location, why on earth would you risk having surgery there?

3. Consider the water bacteria risks of having surgery overseas

If you’ve had surgery and are ‘recuperating’ overseas, you’ll be tempted to shower, bathe or swim in local waters.

  • Be aware that overseas waters may carry unusual germs that your body is not accustomed to.
  • Even brushing our teeth could bring untreated water into your system
  • Water bacteria contact can lead to gastro-related vomiting or serious staph infections.
  • Medical care overseas is not guaranteed.
  • Remember there is no follow up care overseas. This means there is zero recourse if they botch your cosmetic surgery procedure

For more on the dangers of Overseas Medical Tourism, do your Research! Dr Rubinstein also discusses overseas surgery dangers at free monthly patient Events in Hawthorn.

4. Don’t Fly

Flying after cosmetic surgery can be dangerous.

Flying too soon after surgery isn’t a great idea. Reference: (Washington Post article).

  • If you leave the region where you had surgery after just a few days or weeks, you risk higher complications from flying too soon after surgery
  • Even a FLY IN/FLY OUT Surgeon might NOT be able to provide you with recovery care over time

Surgeons who belong to large groups have more patient recovery care and follow up opportunities

5. Choose from the best of the best local Plastic Surgeons who care about your success

A Surgeon’s reputation is at stake every time they see a patient. Local based Surgeon’s may care more about your results than someone living overseas.

Understand the value of choosing a locally-based Plastic Surgeon compared to a production-line style Cosmetic Surgery group or overseas facility.

Choosing from some of the best Surgeons nearby  means your Plastic Surgeon:

  • Recognises your post-surgery after-care is paramount to a good recovery
  • Is likely to be more accessible when you need them – including recovery check-ups and annual reviews
  • Has a long-established clinic that is well-known
  • Has a stake in your long-term results and your surgery results satisfaction.
  • They avoid unproven methods and riskier techniques that less trained doctors might be willing to try
  • They share their knowledge with peers in the cosmetic industry and contribute to surgery research.

6. Go local with a nearby Accredited Hospital in Australia

Australian hospitals have very high-quality assurance standards including:

  • sterilisation
  • patient care
  • nursing ratios
  • infection control measures
  • pain management strategies
  • proper medications including antibiotics

7. Evaluate why you are having surgery and consider getting that second opinion

It’s important to know your personal motivations for having surgery. Never have surgery to please anyone other than yourself.

Good cosmetic surgery results are most likely attainable when you make sure you are:

  • having the right surgery
  • having surgery for the right reasons
  • choosing the right surgeon
  • having your operation in the right facility
  • scheduling surgery at the right time of your life.
  • learn all you can about the surgery process and recovery, as experiences vary from person to person

Understanding your personal motivations for having cosmetic surgery helps you:

  • keep your expectations in check
  • follow the important post-operation instructions
  • cope better with the surgery and recovery experience
  • do not expect surgery to perform a miracle or replace healthy lifestyle habits
  • evaluate your readiness for surgery
    • mindset is important for a positive experience during recovery
    • don’t have surgery if you’re not in an emotionally great place
    • if you’re struggling emotionally or dealing with mental health concerns, it is better to wait to have surgery
    • let your Surgeon know if you have concerns about your emotional readiness for surgery
    • recognise that there are many great counsellors and groups that can offer support – including lifeline

For one of the most important decisions of your life, cosmetic or plastic surgery is worth doing properly – with a qualified, skilled and experienced Surgeon – or maybe not at all.

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Become better informed about how to avoid botched cosmetic surgery and increase your chances for a good result.

  • Remember, ALL invasive surgery has risks and patient results can vary, no matter WHICH Surgeon you select.
  • Not everything goes to plan, even in the best of hands; and complication risks are covered in your consultation.
  • However, by putting yourself in the hands of the best of the best Plastic Surgeons in Australia, you’ll at least know you’re choosing a fully-qualified Surgeon who spent a lifetime working on their plastic and cosmetic surgery skills compared to a GP, dentist or other medical doctors who didn’t gain Specialist Qualifications.

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Last updated: 05/05/2022
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Michelle Staughton
Michelle Staughton - Patient Liaison Manager at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As a past patient, Michelle has insider knowledge of the journey our patients embark on. A busy mother of 3, and independent business owner, Michelle appreciates the organisation required to get things done in today’s hectic life. Her role as Patient Experience Manager Michelle is a great guide for your plastic surgery journey.

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.