Before booking a trip for plastic surgery abroad, there are a few things to consider. In part one of this two-part series, we mentioned hidden costs and safety. In this half, we cover recovery, quality of care and recourse if something goes wrong.
3. Recovery. Most plastic surgery vacations require a few weeks of post-operative recovery. This can mean you may not be able to travel after your procedures for some time, and you will likely need ongoing follow-up care. If you’re going to get care after your procedure in the country where you had surgery, you will need to follow up with your doctor and arrange for care there or see if a doctor will take care of you stateside.
4. Quality of care. Yes, it is totally possible to receive high-quality medical treatment outside of the U.S., but before you take a trip for plastic surgery, be sure to understand that each country has different levels of care standards and best practices.
No matter where you have plastic surgery, you should research any potential surgeon and the facility where your operation or procedure will be performed as much as possible.
5. Recourse. Should you have an issue or significant complications after your surgery abroad, U.S. malpractice laws will not be able to help you. This means medical bills – even if your provider was negligent – are your responsibility. The cost of revisions will also be your responsibility.
We know that many people travel outside of the U.S. for plastic surgery because they think it will be cheaper, but adding up the costs and the risks may prove to be more expensive than procedures here.
To mitigate risks and costs, we suggest that you call a trained, experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Jack Peterson. Call 785-234-9000 to set up your consultation today.