When it comes to plastic surgery, there are a number of factors to consider. What you should have done, which doctor you should choose, and what sort of long-term changes are you looking for. But while there’s plenty to decide as far as the procedure itself, once confirmed, there are additional factors to consider, such as location. Because of the expense and recovery time required with plastic surgery, many choose to travel out of the country for cosmetic procedures.  It pays to shop around here first, because once you add on the flights and downtime, you may find that that $4K boob job overseas plus expenses, is more than the $6K boob job in Sydney!

In theory, the idea of these “cosmetic surgery holidays” sound ideal. There are sights to see, foods to eat, and in the process, you can have a little work done. In reality, however, there are many more factors that add to this complicated trend.

First off, few can afford to take this much time off work, or life in general. While the surgery itself may be a cheaper alternative, one also has to take into account traveling expenses, lodging, etc. There’s also a strict healing process, which won’t allow for normal holiday-type activities. During cosmetic procedures the body goes through a very traumatic event, and resting and relaxing is the best way to help encourage a speedy recovery.

It’s also important to consider that eating or bathroom habits may not be the same as back home, and recovering in a country with different foods or restroom setups can cause an added bout of stress. Whether your body is unable to digest the foods or the toilets are just a little off kilter for your liking, it’s a layer of new experiences while your body is below its normal comfort levels.

Added issues could also arise from currency or language barriers, laws pertaining to medical records and so on.

Medical Standards

The biggest issue of all comes from varied medical practices. Depending on what country you travel to, there could be extremely lax medical laws. Doctors will have different training levels, as will nurses. In addition, cosmetic surgery tools could differ, as well as cleaning or surgery practices. This isn’t to say they will be unclean or unsafe, but it will be something your body hasn’t been exposed to before, possibly causing an allergic reaction.

Depending on your health insurance, overseas surgeries may not be covered. This could add another layer of fees that might not be clear upfront. And finally, if there are any complications, this could mean an added trip post-recovery. While local doctors could certainly help fix any unexpected injury, there’s no way for them to know exactly what steps your doctor took during your surgery.

Reverting to overseas cosmetic surgeries is certainly an option when committing to a cosmetic procedure. However, there are several issues that can arise from traveling out of one’s country for medical work. Be sure and check the cold, hard facts before deciding toward any steps that may cause permanent travel, monetary, or health issues in the future.

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Bruce currently heads up a team of researchers and writers who are challenging the way people perceive plastic surgery, aiming to break down the stigma and judgments that still exist in the wider community. He also brings a male perspective to the discussions surrounding plastic surgery and in particular the growing trend for males to undergo procedures.

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