6 Things to Consider Before Traveling Abroad for Plastic Surgery

K. Mathews on 6 Dec 2012 at 9:00am

The lower price tags of plastic surgery abroad have some considering traveling to another country for their procedures. Is it the right decision for you, though? Here are six things to think about before going abroad for plastic surgery:

1. Total Cost - Sure, the ticket price of the surgery may be cheaper, but does it still save you more money than it would with a local surgeon once you factor in airfare, lodging, food, and miscellaneous travel expenses? In the end, the total you spend may exceed what it would in the U.S.

2. Safety and Recovery - Following surgery, not only should you rest, but also your mobility may be limited. Will traveling prove a hassle or will you have access to everything you need there? In fact, getting on a plane might be dangerous. Flying after receiving anesthesia puts you at an increased risk for blood clots.

3. Follow-Up Appointments - The best doctors will schedule follow-up appointments with their patients to check on the progress, as well as provide answers to any lingering questions. By not having your surgeon nearby, you miss out on having a watchful eye and knowledgeable source in the years to follow.

4. Reputation - Seeing photos of your surgeon’s previous work and hearing first-hand accounts of the surgeon will give you an idea of what results you can expect with your own procedure. If you are unable to access these, be wary.

5. Qualifications - Obviously, the standards for plastic surgeons differ in every country. Research the training and degrees required of local surgeons, as well as the kind of checks the government does on the facilities before becoming a patient. After all, you’d want nothing short of a skilled perfectionist to alter your appearance.

6. Repeat Surgeries - Unfortunately, not all surgeries are successful the first time around. If you are one of the unlucky patients who needs some extra attention with an additional procedure, are you going to be willing and able to go abroad again?

Thanks to Dr. Richard P. Rand, Dr. Brent Moelleken, Dr. Kamran Jafri, Dr. Robin T.W. Yuan, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, Dr. David Shafer, Dr. Steven H. Williams for providing this food for thought.


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