Plastic Surgery Patients Misled by Surgery Abroad

Plastic surgery abroad can sound appealing. A vacation, reduced costs, no one that you know will see you or a doctor with specific expertise. Sounds good, right? Yet, traveling for plastic surgery does not necessarily offer the same safety and effectiveness benefits that can be accomplished through plastic surgery in the U.S. The recent scare involving a French doctor that had close to 100 patient complaints and charges of deceptive advertising, endangerment and personal injury signified a greater need for consumers to learn more about doctors outside of the U.S. through investigators comments of an illegitimate doctor and unsanitary conditions at the facility. The accreditation process for facilities in other countries varies and the credentials required to perform surgery by other countries are not the same as required by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition, the rate of complications associated with traveling and plastic surgery are higher, including: infection, greater swelling, blood clot, and pulmonary embolism rates.

Plastic Surgery Recovery Abroad and in the U.S.

The plastic surgery recovery period is not conducive to traveling and vacation activities. Facial plastic surgery and body contouring require activity restrictions following the procedure. Recovery requires that the body be comfortably repositioned when necessary. This can be difficult to accomplish on a plane, train or in a car. Patients must refrain from the sun, not bend over, exercise or otherwise cause any undue pressure on the surgical site. This can be quite an inconvenience for traveling or vacationing patients and presents the possibility of higher risks for the patient. Recovery is usually more comfortable at home. Though, there are plastic surgeons that work with respite centers or hotels to better accommodate traveling patients during the recovery period.

Managing Plastic Surgery Complications Back Home

The final red flag about traveling for plastic surgery is that should a complication arise at home, the plastic surgeons in the U.S. may not be familiar with the technique that was used to perform the procedure abroad, the technology used in the procedure, the type of device such as a breast implant, and/or the medications that were used to complete an out of the U.S. plastic surgery procedure.

In conclusion, people that are considering plastic surgery away from home should research information about the surgeon, the facility of the surgeon, the types of technology proposed for the procedure, the type of training that is required in the country to perform plastic surgery and the accreditation process required for facilities that perform plastic surgery.

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