Plastic surgery is not just for the vain. Some people with low self-esteem suffer with psychological issues associated with how they look. But this sort of condition can be hard to prove and so it can be hard to convince doctors that you really ‘need’ plastic surgery in order to get it on the NHS. This means thousands of people could go without plastic surgery that they really do need, and the only way to receive the help would be to go private. This can often be very expensive and many people will not be able to afford it.
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One way around this expense could be to go under the knife in a foreign country. People often think having surgery abroad would be more dangerous than in the UK, but this is not the case everywhere. Different countries have different strengths; with Belgium, Spain and Germany providing very high quality cosmetic surgery. However you do still need to be careful and there are various things to consider. Would you want to go alone or would you want a friend or a family member to go with you? You would probably feel more comfortable having someone with you but this would increase the overall cost. How long do you wish to leave the country for? You must be available to stay for longer if there are any complications. If you have surgery in a far off country you may have to stay longer as the doctor may not deem you fit to travel on such a long flight until weeks after the surgery.