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Internationally Recognized Surgical Expert, Prof. Mark Ashton, Warns Women About Low-Cost Overseas Breast Augmentation


Parkville, Australia -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/13/2014 -- Professor Mark Ashton, plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Ashton Plastic Surgery , has seen first-hand the undesirable and sometimes dangerous results of medical spas. The cost of surgery at medical spas may be attractive, but there are four essential pieces of information every patient should verify before undergoing surgery in a foreign country.

Many women are so focused on obtaining breast augmentation surgery that they fail to validate the surgeon’s credentials and experience. Patients often discover afterward that their surgery was actually done by someone completely different than the surgeon with which they consulted.

There are a myriad of medical spas in Southeast Asia that have become popular destination points for breast augmentation surgery. In his practice, Ashton is often called upon to rectify mistakes and undo the damage that resulted from surgery conducted by unqualified individuals.

The quality of the implant is just as important as the surgeon performing the procedure. Foreign implants are often constructed below Australian standards and undergo no quality control process. A number of Ashton’s clients have discovered that instead of an implant, free silicone was injected into the breast.

There are inherent dangers within any surgical procedure, from an allergic reaction to infection. Women who chose to have breast augmentation conducted at a medical spa or foreign facility should give serious consideration to their post-surgical and follow up care. It should be someone who is qualified to manage a variety of medical conditions that can arise following breast surgery.

Ongoing care is also a factor. Up to 20 percent of all augmentation surgery requires some type of revision within the first three years following the initial surgery. Generally minor in nature, it still requires another surgical procedure. That can require traveling to the source of the original surgery and paying additional fees or engaging the services of an Australian professional.

Just as cost was a consideration when obtaining the augmentation, price will again play a predominant role in any adjustments. Patients will be required to pay for revisions if the original surgery was performed in another country, while the same work will be done at minimal costs if the augmentation was done in Australia. When the surgery is conducted at Ashton Plastic Surgery, the practice performs revisions at no out-of-pocket expense to the patient.

As an internationally acclaimed plastic surgeon, Ashton is cognizant of the many pitfalls and potentially life-threatening dangers associated with augmentation surgery performed outside of Australia. He’s often called upon to treat patients that have undergone surgical procedures at sub-standard, low-cost foreign alternatives. At Ashton Plastic Surgery, augmentation is performed by a world-class plastic surgeon and revisions are conducted at no cost to ensure that patients have the best possible care every step of the way.

Located at the Frances Perry Consulting Suites, Suite A, Level 2, at the corner of Grattan St. and Flemington Rd. in Parkville, Ashton Plastic Surgery can be reached by phone at 03 9344 5050 or via FAX at 03 9344 5133. For more information, visit the website at

About Prof. Mark Ashton
Prof. Mark Ashton is an internationally recognized authority and plastic surgeon, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. He’s the head of plastic and reconstructive surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and consultant plastic surgeon to the Royal Women’s Hospital. Prof. Ashton is director of the Taylor Lab in the Anatomy Department of the University of Melbourne and a clinical professor at the University of Melbourne. He’s published over 200 articles on plastic reconstructive surgery in a variety of prestigious national and international professional journals. He worked and studied extensively in the United States. He’s a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Prof. Ashton is also a board member and director of the Surgical Committee for Interplast Australia and New Zealand, a voluntary organization providing reconstructive plastic surgery to children and adults in third-world countries.

Prof. Mark Ashton
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Ashton Plastic Surgery
Phone: 03 9344 5050