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Surgical and Medical Tourism



Over the last decade, trips abroad for “surgical vacations” have become increasingly popular. Patients often travel to exotic destinations for “bargain-priced surgery” and recover on white sand beaches. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Not so fast.

As these trips have become more popular, many patients have come forward with stories that are far from picturesque – inability to reach their surgeon or the office, severe wound healing complications, blood clots, unhappy cosmetic results and even death. Adding insult to injury, further treatment is often an additional out-of-pocket expense that can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. There goes the bargain… swept out to sea. 

Patients must inform themselves before any plastic surgery procedure. They must always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon before deciding on any surgery.  


Five Things to Know About Plastic Surgery Tourism

  1. Cosmetic surgery is real surgery and has some risks.

    Every surgery, including cosmetic surgery, has some risks involved. These risks may increase during vacation-related plastic surgery.

  2. Vacation-related activities may compromise your health after having a procedure.

    Cosmetic surgery trips are marketed as vacations, but vacation activities should be avoided after surgery to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of complications.

  3. Combining travel with surgery significantly increases the risk of complications.

    Long flights or surgery can increase the potential risk of developing pulmonary embolism and blood clots.

  4. You may not be legally protected in the U.S.

    Currently, there are no U.S. laws that protect patients or mandate the training and qualifications of physicians who perform plastic surgery outside the country. There may be no legal recourse if surgical negligence occurs.

  5. Bargain surgery may not be a bargain.


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