Cosmetic surgery tourism is trending the media due to the recent deaths of Americans in the Dominican Republic. Many countries offer cosmetic/plastic surgery at a cheaper price whilst combining it with a vacation package. The all-inclusive plastic surgery vacation offer is quite tempting and has motivated many to travel overseas for their procedure. While there are many qualified medical practitioners around the world, it’s important to do your research on any facility and anyone you’re considering having surgery with.
Things to Consider Before Cosmetic Tourism
As with any important decision, there are things to consider before agreeing to a cosmetic tourism package:
Possible Language Barrier
There may be a language barrier between you and your doctor. A language barrier could create a misunderstanding, and it may make the process a bit difficult.
Surgery in a Foreign Environment
There are many types of viruses and bacteria around the world that may not exist in your home country. This could cause you to be more prone to infections. Other countries also have different regulations, so you may be getting surgery in an unsanitary or dirty environment. Ensure that the facility is well-kept, clean, and sanitary before agreeing to go under the knife.
The Surgeon’s Credentials
In the United States, it is highly recommended to go to a cosmetic surgery who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and/or American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons. Board-certified surgeons undergo extensive training and testing to certify the surgeon’s knowledge and experience. If you plan on getting surgery in another county, research the certifications and qualifications of doctors overseas to ensure that you are well-educated and in good hands.
Research, Research, Research
Research all aspects of the country you’re going to, especially if it’s a new place for you. Always research the medical success rate of the surgery in the country you’re considering. Research the doctor, the facility, the area you plan on staying, and the health conditions of the country itself. Make sure there aren’t any outstanding health notices in that country before agreeing to cosmetic surgery tourism.
Make the appropriate arrangements for your trip, including hotel, airfare, pre-op appointment, and post-op appointment. Make sure to bring someone with you. You will need someone to be there with you during recovery, especially in a different country.
You’re Aware of What You’ve Agreed To
Getting cosmetic surgery in another country, the low price may be alluring. It’s important to make sure the procedure is a decision worth making. It might be costly to have a revision done, if needed. If something happens, will justice be served? It can be hard to verify your surgeon’s expertise, so it’s important to be smart when it comes to making this decision. There may be no legal recourse if surgical negligence by the physician or institution occurs.1
Cosmetic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale
If you are interested in getting plastic surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zoran Potparic to discuss your options and to see if you are a good candidate for your procedure(s) of interest. Call our office today at (954) 779-2777 to start your journey with us. For more information, check out our website to see before and after pictures of our procedures.
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Briefing Paper: Cosmetic Surgery Tourism
Dr. Zoran Potparic is a board certified plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, committed to performing surgery of the highest quality, safety, and artistry. He applies his years of global study and research, as well as more than 30 years of hands-on experience performing reconstructive and cosmetic surgery for patients coming from all over the United States.