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COSMETIC SURGERY GOING abroad? S Taking a trip for a nip ’n’ tuck may sound tempting, but there’s more to consider than just saving money hould you want to travel abroad for surgery in order to reduce costs, then it’s vital that you do your research and evaluate whether the procedure will actually be cheaper. Enquire in advance about how any complications will be dealt with once you’re no longer in the same country as your surgeon. Remember, what might seem like a great saving won’t prove so financially savvy if you have to fly back out for unexpected aftercare or shell out for more surgery to fix a botched job. TAKE NOTE: GOOD SURGERY IS INVISIBLE – HOME OR AWAY Is it safe? Before deciding to have cosmetic surgery, you should have a realistic expectation of the outcome. Often, people find out about cosmetic surgery abroad through a website and the idea is sold to them as a treatment as well as a relaxing holiday. Sometimes there’s a meet-and-greet evening in London with sales people rather than the surgeon. People will part with money and go to a hospital they’ve never seen and a surgeon they’ve never met without any real understanding of what that surgeon can provide. Prior to undergoing any operation, it’s best to have two consultations with the actual surgeon who is going to treat you. This surgeon has to make sure that the patient fully understands what the procedure involves, its limitations and any potential complications. He or she should be able to show ‘before and after’ photographs of previous work. Holiday attraction Cosmetic surgery as part of a holiday package is misleading. This kind of surgery is a major undertaking. While it’s possible to have a holiday before surgery, it’s unrealistic to have one immediately after. When people are on holiday they often like to have a drink, lie in the sun or do something a bit more energetic. It is not advisable to do any of these things when you’re recovering from surgery. Minimise the risk Register with a company that will organise the whole package for you to minimise stress. They’ll find the most experienced surgeon at your desired location, arrange your travel needs, including flights and transfers, organise accommodation and take responsibility for your aftercare once you’re back in Britain. The advantage of this is that the company should know reputable surgeons in the area and will have dealt with clients who have already had your procedure. Insurance It’s vital to check what the regulations are in your destination of choice, as well as whether the doctor, hospital or clinic has insurances to cover your operation. Remember that not all countries have the same regulatory framework as the UK, so standards may vary considerably. The Care Quality Commission (www.cqc. org.uk) is an independent body that checks the quality and safety of private cosmetic surgery in England, but does not cover procedures carried out abroad. Communication It is essential when having surgery to be able to contact your medical team both beforehand and afterwards. You need to be completely happy with the procedure and know what to expect. Choose a surgeon who speaks English and understands you, so that you can ask questions and understand the answers. Aftercare Once you’ve had the surgery you’ll have to stay in the country for a recovery period of usually 10 to 14 days. There may also be restrictions placed on how soon you can fly home following the operation, so make sure you know how long the whole process will take before you commit to the arrangement. ✱ WORDS: Alice Newbold and Puneet Chahal | PHOTOGRAPH: Getty Images MARCH 2012 | 267 http://www.cqc.org.uk http://www.cqc.org.uk

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
STOCKISTS

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