A "wave of cosmetic tourism" during the pandemic has led to an increase in patients presenting to Irish hospitals with complications.
That's according to research by St James' Hospital in Dublin, which logged a "significant rise in admissions" as a result of complications from botched jobs.
In the space of 4 months, the hospital cared for 8 patients who had went under the knife overseas.
Liposuction, buttock lift, buttock filler injection, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and breast implants were among the procedures they had received.
Consultant Plastic Surgeon at St James' Marlese Dempsey says half of patients presented with issues around buttocks surgery.
Of the eight women, four needed additional surgery.
Dr. Depset says this included a "general anesthetic and a formal wash out of their wounds that had come infected."
"Two patients needed to have their infected implants removed."
She's appealing to people to consider the hidden costs of cheaper overseas surgeries that cost you if something goes wrong.
The majority of patients treated in St James' had travelled to Lithuania or Turkey to receive the surgeries, while one patient flew to Romania and another to Belgium.