Cosmetic surgery in Poland
In May 2004 Poland became members of the EU. This triggered social, cultural and economical changes in the country. These changes also increased the interest in cosmetic surgery in Poland.
Price along withgeographical as well as cultural proximity to Poland in combination with high medical standard has made the country one of the most popular destinations for medical tourism.
Cost of cosmetic surgery in Poland
The difference in cost for plastic surgery (cosmetic surgery) in Poland and the UK is approx. 40-50%. This goes for plastic surgery such as breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck and eyelid surgery as well as less common procedure.
The main reason for the difference of price is the lower salary level in the country. But even is the pricing is attractive it should not dictate your decision, when choosing a clinic and plastic surgeon in Poland.
Clinics and surgeons in Poland
Cosmetic surgery has a long tradition in Poland and there is a vast amount of plastic surgery clinics in the country. Most of the specialist clinics are in the capital Warszawa, but also in Krakow, Gdansk and Szczecin there are several qualified surgeons and clinics.
At the clinics that offer their services to foreign patients the personnel speak both German and English and the medical equipment and care facilities hold a high international standard.
The surgeons’ education
The education for a Polish cosmetic surgery specialist involves six years of medical training, 1,5 years of practice (interning), 5 years of practice/education to become a surgeon and thereafter 3-5 years with a specialist concentration in plastic surgery.
Many Polish plastic surgeons have undergone education abroad, mostly in Germany or the UK. It is also common that Polish cosmetic surgeons work part-time overseas.
Government control over plastic surgery in Poland
Choosing a clinic/surgeon to perform cosmetic surgery in Poland is just as in the UK a decision that is to be made after careful research.
An important difference between the UK and Poland is the state control which is exercised in Poland, forbidding doctors without specialist surgery knowledge to perform cosmetic surgery. This type of control does not yet exist in the UK.
The society for plastic surgery specialists in Poland
Polish surgeons with formal plastic surgery specialist competence are members of the Polish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Since the organisation assembles all plastic surgery specialist focuses, it is good to check that the surgeon’s focus is aesthetical surgery. You can do this by emailing ptchprie[at]poczta.onet.pl.
There are four Polish cosmetic surgeons that are members of the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ». To choose a surgeon that is a member of one of the two organisations mentioned above is a good way of assuring that you will end up with a plastic surgeon that has the knowledge and experience necessary to perform the surgery in a satisfactory manner.