Tourism is for Adventure, not for Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic Procedures PAIt is true that there are good cosmetic surgeons all around the world, not only in the United States. However, the idea of traveling out of the country for a more affordable cosmetic procedure is one to approach with a great deal of discernment. Medical tourism is not new; entire organizations revolve around helping patients find the services they want at the price that they like. Even if you hear wonderful feedback from someone who’s done it, this type of travel could cost you far more than you imagined.

Think about This

Vetting a plastic surgeon is easy when you stay close to home. Not only can you meet your surgeon face to face (screen time doesn’t count) well before a surgical procedure, but you also have the option of more extensive research such as background checking credentials and speaking with patients of your chosen surgeon.

And this . . .

Getting a cosmetic procedure for a lower cost and getting a little vacation to can sound very appealing. Why wouldn’t you want to do this? Let’s see.

  1. A higher cost in the end. Some of the cases that we have performed have been revisional in nature, to correct unsatisfactory results from a poorly trained surgeon. When a procedure is not performed to exacting standards the first time, the cost of additional treatments can quickly climb. Treatments may also need to center on treating infection from surgical wounds.
  2. The Centers for Disease Control warn against international surgical procedures due to atypical infections that may occur and could be difficult to treat.
  3. There is more to cosmetic surgery than the plastic surgeon; the process takes a team. U.S. surgeons are affiliated with certified surgery centers and board-certified anesthesiologists and support staff who are highly trained to manage patient outcomes.

Surgical procedures are never without risk. For that reason, patients who are considering traveling abroad for cosmetic treatment may spend months looking for the “right” surgeon, and their selection may be based on unreliable information from a website or brochure.

What you want from cosmetic surgery is a good outcome, not a good deal. If you would like to know more about our services and prices, contact our Hazleton or Pottsville office for friendly assistance.

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