How long should someone Stay in a country after surgery for check ups?

I'm traveling to Dominican Republic to get a BBL and neck/chin lipo with Dr.Luis Mejia in early December but don't know how long I should stay out there. Was thinking two weeks. Should it be longer? I'm 5'0 140 lbs.

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Plastic Surgery in Foreign country

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You should discuss this with your surgeon in the Dominican Republic. Be cautious of traveling to foreign countries for plastic surgery as there are many risks associated with bargain plastic surgery. There are many risks to a surgery even under perfect conditions. You may think that you are saving money in the short term but it can cost you long term. Best of luck. 

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

How long should someone Stay in a country after surgery for check ups?

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Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well... I always recommend all my patients to stay here for observation 13 to 18 days, at least 10 if they cannot stay that long. After a plastic surgery the better is to be safe, always!!

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 442 reviews

Medical tourism

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Hello and thank you for your question. This is a question that comes up often and the answers are going to be somewhat repetitive. However again I would caution you against medical tourism. Other than cost there are certain risks that you have to account for whenever having cosmetic surgery. Should you encounter any type of complication ( infection, bleeding, seroma, ischemia, open wound, blood clot, etc )  A surgeon who is 1000+ miles away is not going to be able to help you manage these issues. Having surgery in a country where the electricity only runs for part of the day is highly risky for your safety and well-being. 

Further, it will be difficult for you to obtain post operative care here by a plastic surgeon. Most plastic surgeons would prefer not to take on the risk and liability of someone else's mistakes. Any surgeon who takes on the after care will be in his or her right to charge for such services. These fees will likely erase the cost savings of traveling for surgery. 

A simple Google search will reveal multiple complications and deaths associated with cosmetic surgery done in the Dominican Republic. 

All surgery contains certain risks. Even when done in a state-of-the-art modern facility in this country you still encounter risks. Why would you want to increase those risks?

Even though surgery in this country is going to be more expensive, you will at least have the peace of mind knowing that your board certified plastic surgeon is fully trained and experienced and is a phone call away to help you should the need arise.  There are also multiple financing options to help make this more affordable for you.

Best to you. 

Bennett Yang, MD
Rockville Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Surgery over seas

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Having surgery far away is not a great idea because follow-up will be an issue. Best of luck with your decision to move forward.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Medical tourism

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I would encourage you to find someone local. There are many qualified surgeons who regularly perform these procedures. While it may be more expensive compared to the DR, should you have any issues that arise postop, your choices are to return to your original surgeon in the DR or find a local surgeon. Both of those options can be very expensive. 

Elan B. Singer, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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