As the number of complications from cosmetic surgery tourism rise, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has issued a joint statement with the Turkish Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (TSPRAS).
In a rare show of unity, the two organisations have collaborated to establish guidelines for patients who are considering undergoing surgery in Turkey. The primary objective of these guidelines is to safeguard patients from any adverse results, and ensure they are aware of the level of care they should expect, both pre- and post-operation.
Here, we look at the latest guidelines issued to help you make a better-informed decision.
What Are the New Guidelines?
If you are considering heading to Turkey for cosmetic surgery, here’s the updated guidelines provided by the BAAPS and TSPRAS:
- Ensure the Turkish surgeon is a member of TSPRAS and verify their membership online.
- The surgeon must possess Turkish board certification, which should be visible upon request.
- The surgeon should have a minimum of 5 years of experience in Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery since the training process varies in Turkey.
- Make sure the surgeon provides an aftercare plan.
- Know the name of the surgeon and ensure a means of contacting them in case any issues arise.
- Ask about the surgeon’s tenure with their clinic or company, with a recommendation of at least 3 years.
- Understand that it is mandatory in Turkey to complete a detailed consent form before travelling. If this is not done, it is a red flag.
- Verify the surgeon’s specialty, as some practitioners in Turkey might falsely claim to be plastic surgeons, or work outside their field.
- It is advisable to have the surgery performed in an established hospital, preferably one with at least 30 beds.
Following these guidelines doesn’t guarantee you won’t undergo risky procedures. However, it will decrease the risks involved.
Choosing a Reliable, Experienced Surgeon
Wherever you decide to undergo cosmetic surgery, choosing a reliable and experienced plastic surgeon is essential. First and foremost, patient safety is paramount, and experienced surgeons are typically well-versed in the latest techniques and safety practices. This can significantly reduce the risk of complications during and after the procedure.
When it comes to achieving quality results, nothing substitutes for experience. Skilled cosmetic surgeons have refined their techniques over several years, leading to aesthetic outcomes that are both symmetrical and natural-looking. Having a seasoned professional carrying out the procedure also means that you will receive the best advice and recommendations that are specifically tailored to you as well as your personal goals.
Choosing a GMC registered surgeon will ensure your safety when opting for a cosmetic procedure. A GMC registered surgeon will be qualified, trustworthy and skilled, while also having the correct medical insurance and adequate premises that meet set standards.
Mr Horlock is a GMC registered surgeon, and he has over a decade of experience carrying out both simple and complex cosmetic procedures. Book an appointment now to discuss how he can help you achieve your perfect body.