Is it safe to get a Mommy Makeover in the Dominican Republic, although I have Lupus? **no flare up's or complications*
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Traveling Out of the Country with a Health Condition for a Mommy Makeover
Medical tourists are often led to believe that they will receive the same quality of care for a lower price in a foreign clinic. But while it is true that the cost of plastic surgery in some foreign countries is lower, this is often because the quality of care and surgery is compromised. Such patients also seem to neglect the possibility of complications and the need for a follow-up visit.
In addition to the risks posed by sub-standard medical care abroad, medical tourists must consider the risks of injections and implants in other countries. The recent crisis with French breast implant maker Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) exemplifies this problem. PIP used industrial- rather than medical-grade silicone on their implants in an effort to reduce costs, a measure which probably increased the danger of rupture. PIP implants have not been used in the United States since 2000. Removal of these implants has been recommended by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
It is often the case that medical tourists end up spending more money because they have to pay to treat complications from their overseas surgery.
Source: The Cost of Medical Tourism – Medscape Medical News
Source: Official Statement on Faulty PIP and ROFIL breast implants – ISAPS
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Mommy makeover in another country
I encourage you to stay local for this procedure. Too many complications can occur traveling abroad for surgery. You need to be close to your surgeon to be monitored and have quality after care. Best of luck.
Mommy make-over in DR - but have lupus
- My advice is to not travel abroad for surgery.
- The State Department issued an infection warning about the DR some time ago
- You have no follow up and put yourself in the care of surgeon you do not know in a country where you probably do not speak the language.
- On DR surgeon had multiple deaths, and was only recently stopped from practicing.
- The US and Canada have highs standards for medical care, making elective surgery safe.
- Few areas have the same standards.
- Only if you have family in the area to care for you, speak the language and have a personal referral to a Board Certified Plastic surgeon do I think foreign surgery ever makes sense - and even so, once you leave you are on your own.
Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Cosmetic Surgery Tourism
your case is complicated, do not go abroad for surgery!
I recommend that you consider all options before traveling abroad for your cosmetic surgery. I practice in NYC, and I have seen far too many serious and harmful complications resulting from surgery in the Caribbean. Issues like serious wound infections, tissue loss and questionable operative techniques result in complications that are expensive and hard to fix. Please balance the risks and your personal safety against the perceived advantage of cheaper cosmetic surgery, because in the long run, it can cost you a lot more, both monetarily and in personal harm. Good Luck!
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