Professor James Frame with the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, along with Dr. Michael McGuire of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and Dr. Roman Zaldivar of Zaldivar institute in El Salvador, spoke on a panel session at the World Medical Tourism Congress about “Plastic Surgery for the Medical Tourist.”
“The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) has been aware of what is going on in medical tourism and we are astonished at the speed of progress in the industry’s development,” states Frame. “We are concerned with safety for patients seeking procedures overseas. Patient safety is our number one priority. As an international society, we would like to include all plastic surgeons around the world.”
Founded almost 40 years ago at the United Nations in New York, the ISAPS provides up-to-date medical education for member surgeons, disseminates accurate and current information to the public and media, promotes safe cosmetic surgery worldwide. The ISAPS has written guidelines for cosmetic surgery abroad, comparable to the World Health Organization’s safe surgery procedures.
According to Frame, “Our objective is to have that become part of the accreditation process, as ISAPS has sixty plus countries that have plastic surgeons with their respective national societies. We are looking at forming a subcommittee within ISAPS for medical tourism that will handle issues related to people traveling abroad along with pre and post surgical care.”
Frame further says, “Here in the UK, it is tricky as the NHS is picking up the tab to look after medical tourists that are in need of post care. It costs billions. About two in ten people require post care when they return to the UK. Beyond costs, for example in obesity related procedures, rates of complication are significant. Medical insurance has become an issue as well because subcontractors are held responsible for complications. We are largely concerned about patient safety as this is our first priority.”