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Medical Travel: Guidelines for Seeking Plastic Surgery

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, May 29, 2015

ID-10030737Reconstructive surgery to enhance, modify, or reconstruct a part of the body comes with a high price. People in the need to undergo the knife for a specific or dire reason have to resort to alternate methods to get what they want. They begin to shop around, looking for discounts on plastic surgery procedures.

Their search does not go to waste, as they uncover major discounts in the medical treatments offered in other countries than their own. Who ignores major discounts such as this, right? However, when there are discounts as grand as this, there is always a catch. You can spot a catch by acting vigilant and asking the right questions.

Once you have established that there is no catch and the discount is genuine, you have done your bank account a favor by securing yourself a well-maintained medical facility in a medical tourism country. You will be able to have the same joyous feeling after you learn how to choose the right procedure and the surgeon who will perform it.

How to Choose the Right Plastic Surgery Procedure and Surgeon

Plastic surgery has provided people with several options of changing their appearance to look a particular way. It should not be looked at people being too caught up in their looks, as it has enabled people such as burn victims to live a new life.

Whatever reason you have to opt for plastic surgery, it is between you and your surgeon. Therefore, it is pertinent that you conduct research to answer the following questions beforehand:

1. Does the plastic surgery procedure you want to get provide the necessary or required improvement you want?

You gained weight after pregnancy for instance and are thinking of getting a liposuction when you actually need to get a tummy tuck. Sometimes, there is more than one way to reconstruct an area of the body and you need to read about the various plastic surgery procedures advised for a particular issue.

2. Do you understand all the complications associated with the procedure?

Plastic surgery is a painful procedure that can lead to scars, long recovery times, and potential risks. You need to make sure that you understand all of that before you proceed although the surgeon will tell you.

3. What Training has the Surgeon Undergone?

Confirm with the medical facility about the experience and training a surgeon has in performing a plastic surgery procedure.

4. Whom Are You Speaking With?

You will have to talk directly with the doctor and staff in charge of performing the surgery on you.

The Top 5 Countries for Cosmetic Surgery

According to the ISAPS Global Survey, the following countries top the list for cosmetic procedures:

1.     The United States

2.     China

3.     Brazil

4.     India

5.     Mexico

Make sure you contact any medical facility you are considering ahead of time, if they provide good quality and detailed information, you should see that as a positive sign. At Chapala Med we are ready to answer any questions about medical travel you might have.

Sources:

http://www.millsmedical.com/pdf/How_to_Get_the_Best_Cosmetic_Surgery_Abroad.pdf

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/597865/worldwide-plastic-surgery-statistics-available-for-the-first-time

http://members.isaps.org/files/html-contents/isapssafetybroch3.pdf

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