Why it’s Safer to Undergo Surgery in a Hospital Rather Than a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic

Exploring your Surgery Options

When you’re considering Cosmetic Surgery, researching your options can be an overwhelming process. Everyone wants to confirm they’re in the most qualified hands and in the safest possible environment, to ensure they will receive the best outcome and avoid any unlikely complications. A major factor to consider is whether your surgery is performed in a Hospital or a Clinic.

Why are Hospitals safer than Cosmetic Surgery Clinics for invasive surgery?

One of the main concerns about cosmetic surgery clinics is that they are not as well equipped as hospitals to handle major medical problems (should they occur) during surgery. Although complications during surgery are very rare, they can happen. And the best place to be if there are any complications during your surgery is in a hospital, surrounded by qualified practitioners and the necessary equipment readily available to assist with your condition.

By ensuring your procedure is undertaken in a fully accredited hospital, you can gain some reassurance that you are in the safest possible environment.

Not all Anaesthesia is the same!

Another reason that some clinics are able to offer cheaper Breast Augmentation procedures and other treatments, is that they are not accredited to offer full General Anaesthesia – where an anaesthetic ventilator is inserted in the airway of the patient while ‘asleep’ under general anaesthesia.

Instead these clinics can only offer a combination of ‘local’ anaesthetic (injected around the surgery area) and intravenous (IV) sedation – sometimes referred to as ‘twilight sedation’. There have been cases of ‘lignocaine (lidocaine) toxicity’ with patients where they have had to be admitted to the ICU of a hospital – due to excess local anaesthetic causing an adverse reaction with the patient.

What are the Additional Risks?

Cosmetic Surgery is still surgery. And like any surgery, it carries risks. An Australian woman recently experienced first hand the dangers of undertaking surgery in a clinic. The patient went into a cardiac arrest whilst undergoing a Breast Augmentation with a Cosmetic Surgeon at a cosmetic surgery clinic in Australia earlier this year. The staff at the clinic were required to call an ambulance and have the woman transported by ambulance to the emergency ward in a major hospital. A potential cause cited by the clinic was the possibility that an artery had been pierced with one of the local anaesthetic injections. Added to the increased likelihood of lignocaine toxic poisoning with local anaesthesia, why take the risk?

What is the best way to minimise risks associated with surgery?

The best way to reduce the risks when undergoing surgery is to ensure your surgery is conducted in the safest possible medical environment. That will be at a fully accredited hospital, with a qualified specialist surgeon and specialist anaesthetist and the full range of medical and emergency equipment if something should go wrong. Ensuring your surgery is performed by a Plastic Surgeon who has more specialist surgical training than a Cosmetic Doctor, is another major consideration. (click here to see more about plastic and cosmetic surgeons)

Not all Cosmetic Surgery medical practitioners are the same!

The reason that some cosmetic surgery clinics are able to offer cheap prices in Australia is because they are using Cosmetic Doctors (GPs) who are not qualified and registered Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. These doctors are often referred to as Cosmetic Surgeons but are in fact by law not allowed to refer to themselves as Surgeons – without a formal recognised specialist surgical qualification. In Australia, you should insist that any medical practitioner who is going to perform invasive surgery on you is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and preferably with a further speciality in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

At CosMediTour we place our clients’ health and safety as our top priority, therefore all of our treatments are performed by fully qualified Surgeons and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at accredited hospital in Australia. All our invasive surgery procedures are performed under General Anaesthesia with a fully qualified specialist Anaesthetist in attendance throughout your surgery and until you have recovered and are awake.


Disclaimer: Please note any information provided should be used only as an information guide and not CosMediTour giving advice. Please ensure you do your own valid surgery research and seek advice from a general practitioner to enable you to be fully informed about surgery.

Written by CosMediTour Australia

CosMediTour is a Medical Travel facilitator and Australia's No. 1 Plastic Surgery brand. Headquartered on the Gold Coast, Australia, CosMediTour has clinics and hospitals in Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Phuket and Samui offering plastic surgery and cosmetic dentistry treatments.

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