The Overlooked Dangers of Plastic Surgery Tourism

The plastic surgery tourism is on the rise. Many clinics offer full vacation packages that include all the joys of a tour with a “minor” addition of surgery. What the happy tourists often don’t realize is that plastic surgery is real surgery. It isn’t any different from a C-section, joint replacement or gall bladder removal. There are many dangers associated with plastic surgery even when it’s performed perfectly.

A respected surgeon from Peoria Cosmetic Surgery Clinic ( shares the dangers of the plastic surgery tourism that many people choose to overlook.

One of the most common problems with plastic surgery tourism is that people try to use the time for standard vacation-related activities, such as sun tanning, snorkeling, long sightseeing walks, and alcohol consumption. In order to properly recover after the plastic surgery, a patient should avoid all these activities. Straining the body after a surgery is a quick way to complications.

Deep venous thrombosis is something people don’t usually think about. Meanwhile, it’s one of the big dangers connected with flying and surgery. By combining the two together, a patient substantially increases the risk of the blood clots in veins, which in turn lead to very unfortunate consequences, including swelling, infection, and even death. Before taking a flight, a patient must wait at least 5 days after the surgery.

The absence of proper follow-up care when a patient takes advantage of the plastic surgery tourism can lead to untreated complications. The tourism packages usually offer several days of follow-up care or up until the point when a patient leaves the country. Upon returning home, a patient may need to find a local surgeon to do the follow-up.

Cheaper doesn’t mean better. Since the plastic surgery is not covered by insurance, many patients from the United States try to find a cheaper option abroad. In many countries, plastic surgery techniques are just as advanced as in the USA while the bill is much smaller. However, many fraudulent clinics take advantage of the plastic surgery tourists.

A doctor that doesn’t carry any responsibility for the patients once they leave the country, may have a different approach to doing the job. In the end, a patient may end up paying much more for treating the complications or even redoing the surgery than he or she would when doing the procedure in the USA.

The owner of plastic surgery blog CosmeticDocShop dr. Sanders talks about the responsible approach to foreign patients: “When a clinic accepts a patient from abroad, it assumes a certain responsibility. A respectable clinic will never allow the patient to have limited follow-up care. Combining a vacation with a plastic surgery sounds like a fantasy to any experienced plastic surgeon.”

When patients make a choice to go abroad for a plastic surgery, they don’t realize that the health care standards in another country may be completely different from what they are used to in the United States. The surgeons might not go through sufficient training while the facilities may not be well equipped.

The happy reviews about the abroad plastic surgery usually come from the lucky patients, who didn’t experience any complications. The dangers don’t come when all goes well, they appear when the unqualified surgeons with the lack of the right equipment have to deal with unexpected complications during a surgery. The complications don’t necessarily happen due to a surgeon’s mistake. They may occur due to certain individual patient’s traits.

Before signing up for a plastic surgery tourist package, each patient should think twice about the possibility of ending up in a serious health-related situation in a foreign country without any insurance.

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