Traveling abroad for a procedure may save a few dollars but can expose you to serious risks. Traveling to another country for a medical procedure is not a new phenomenon. However, traditionally patients traveled from less-developed countries to more-developed ones in order to receive higher-quality care or a procedure not available at home. Today, it is becoming increasingly popular for travelers to move in the opposite direction—from highly-developed countries such as the US to less-developed nations such as Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, and Thailand. Most choose to make the trip because they can get their procedure done for less money and enjoy a vacation at the same time. However, cosmetic surgery tourism is not always a bargain. You could be exposing yourself to serious risks in exchange for a minor savings. Here are some very important things to know about cosmetic surgery tourism.
YOU CAN’T ALWAYS TRUST THE “CONCIERGE”
Many companies act as “concierges” for individuals seeking cosmetic surgery abroad, setting up all-inclusive packages for the flights, lodging, and cosmetic procedure. These companies claim they are using private, accredited hospitals and fully credentialed surgeons, but how do you know they are telling the truth? You could be taking a risk with your health and appearance by taking a concierge company at its word.
QUALITY STANDARDS MAY NOT BE MET
In another country, you may not receive the same quality of care as you would in the US. Physicians and facilities may not be accredited, and cosmetic surgery products, devices, and techniques may not be approved. For example, you might end up with a type of breast implant that has not been approved for use by the FDA but is nonetheless available in other countries.
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE FUN AFTER SURGERY
The idea of hiding out on a beach somewhere while recovering from plastic surgery is definitely appealing. However, bear in mind that you won’t be able to enjoy all the typical vacation activities, such as sunbathing, swimming, or drinking after your surgery.
TRAVEL CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR COMPLICATIONS
Extended air travel can pose risks for blood clots and embolism, especially in patients who have just had surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends delaying travel for 5 to 7 days after having a procedure such as liposuction or breast augmentation or for 7 to 10 days after having a facelift, nose job, or laser treatment.
IT’S HARD TO GET PROPER FOLLOW UP CARE
With your cosmetic surgeon halfway around the world, what are you going to do if you’re not pleased with the result of your procedure or if you have a complication? If the surgeon made a mistake, you’ll have no legal recourse against them, and if they used an unusual or unapproved technique an American doctor may have trouble determining how to address the problem.
DON’T GO ABROAD! AFFORDABLE CARE IS HERE
Mira Aesthetic Medical Center & Spa offers reasonably priced cosmetic surgery procedures in a safe and professional environment. Why travel when you can get the treatment you want right in your own backyard? Contact us today for a consultation.