Cosmetic surgery patients are risking their lives being treated by ‘fly in, fly out’ European practitioners, British medics warn.

Surgeons from abroad regularly visit the UK to offer cut-price treatments before jetting home.

The availability of foreign doctors supplied by private medical groups has largely been responsible for the rise in affordable cosmetic surgery in Britain.

But the distance makes it hard for British patients to track down doctors should they suffer botched surgery or complications.

Many European doctors do not have adequate indemnity insurance and patients may have to sue them in their native countries, a British surgeons’ group warned.

And many European doctors are not as experienced as their British counterparts, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said.