Cosmetic surgery is becoming more popular. Over 100.000 cosmetic surgeries are carried out each year in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the quality of care cannot be guaranteed everywhere. A lot goes wrong and plastic surgeons often must deal with restoration operations of treatments that haven’t been done correctly. Often it involves an incompetent doctor, complications that were not timely dealt with, or lack of after care for patients who chose to have the surgery done abroad.
We also see an increase in the number of intermediaries. They offer so-called ‘expert advice’ on-line to customers who are considering cosmetic surgery. They earn a lot of money by doing this. The Dutch Association for Plastic Surgeons (NVPC) warns about the large variety between clinics, doctors and surgeries within the cosmetic surgery branch.