Cosmetic surgery in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania have since entering the EU in 2004 become very popular shopping and entertainment destinations. But the EU admission also made the healthcare sector adapt to European quality and safety regulations.
This led to an increased interest in cosmetic surgery in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania. The higher level of security, low cost, proximity to the UK, easy and cheap flights as well as the possibility of finding a cosmetic surgeon of high quality are important reasons for more and more Brits turning to their neighbours across the channel.
For those interested in cosmetic surgery in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania it may be good to know that is slightly more difficult to find information about plastic surgery in these country and about the clinics and the local surgeons qualifications. This is greatly due to the slow IT development in the countries.
The cost of cosmetic surgery in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
The cost of plastic surgery including anaesthesia and aftercare in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania is approx. 50% lower than in the UK. The same goes for board and lodging before and after your surgery.
The most frequently performed procedures at cosmetic surgery clinics in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania are breast enlargement, nose job, liposuction, tummy tuck and eyelid surgery. As always when choosing clinic and surgeon, do not let cost be the deciding factor.
Clinics and surgeons in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
The image of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania as underdeveloped east-states has changed drastically since they were admitted to the EU.
Today there is advance technology and infrastructure as well as social and cultural adaption to Europe. This applies mainly to areas around the capitals Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania) where the majority of plastic surgeons are also situated.
The plastic surgeons education
The educational level for doctors in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania corresponds with the rest of Europe. Medical training lasts for six years followed by interning. To become a medical specialist within cosmetic surgery an additional five years specialist training within the profession is needed.
Many doctors that do aesthetical cosmetic surgery in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have continued their training internationally in countries such as UK, Sweden, USA and Germany. Baltic doctors are today greatly recruited to UK hospitals to handle the current lack of doctors.
The clinics that offer their services to foreign patients generally speak good English.
In Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania there are vast amounts of well education and experience surgeons that work at clinics with high safety and equipment standards. Findings these surgeons and clinics can however be problematic due to the slow IT development in the Baltic States.
If interested in cosmetic surgery in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania one should be extra meticulous when researching where to undergo plastic surgery.
Societies for plastic surgery specialists in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania each have local societies for plastic surgery specialists. These are:
- The Society for Estonian Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Latvian Association of Plastic Surgeons
- Lithuanian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Membership in one of these organisations is a good indicator of the surgeon’s plastic surgery competence and experience. Since these organisations gather all plastic surgery specialities one should make sure that the chosen plastic surgeon has experience of aesthetical plastic surgery (cosmetic surgery).
Other than the national societies there are also international organisations for plastic surgery specialists. For instance, The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery » & The European Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery ». Membership in these organizations implies documented interest, specialist competence and plastic (aesthetic) surgery experience.