It’s a story we’ve all heard before.
A young plastic surgery enthusiast with a head full of dreams and a self-conscious demeanor considers getting liposuction or a breast augmentation to boost her or his appearance, only to get sticker shock at the exorbitant price and call off the process entirely…until they hear about the value that can be found from having their plastic surgery performed overseas.
No harm in that, right? After all, they’re doctors, and doctors know what they’re doing.
With more surgeons across the world opening clinics and airfare becoming more affordable, a trend known as “medical tourism” has become commonplace in the cosmetic surgery world. This involves individuals travelling to different countries for the sole reason of receiving their plastic surgery procedure. This can sometimes be done when an overseas specialist is the only one who can produce the results you want—but more commonly occurs as a way for thrifty shoppers save a bit of dough.
Is this a problem? Well…maybe. While it’s true that nobody enjoys breaking the bank on plastic surgery, the old saying “you get what you pay for” definitely holds true. The United States has some of the most rigorous guidelines for cosmetic specialization, giving the surgeons who work stateside an extra level of expertise and qualification that overseas surgeons can’t always match. In some cases, having overseas surgery with inexperienced doctors can lead to serious medical complications that their clinics may be ill-equipped to handle. This can create dangerous situations that could put your health at risk.
While it’s tempting to save a buck and travel overseas for your procedure, don’t take the chance with your health. Pick an experienced surgeon who you KNOW will be qualified to handle your care.