Plans for a Plastic Surgery Army Recruit Incentive

Plastic surgery treatment plans are now being offered as an incentive for joining the military. To date, reports have indicated that 500 breast augmentation procedures have been performed. Yet, the treatment plan may not end with breast augmentation alone.

Men and women of several military branches as well as their family members may obtain face lifts, nose reshaping, liposuction and all other cash pay cosmetic procedures at no cost. The only exception to this rule is in the case of breast augmentation whereby the breast implants must be paid for by the patient.

In fact, recovery time falls under the category of medical leave for military personnel. U.S. citizens must take vacation time in order to receive salary compensation from their employer. Similar to employers, military members interested in plastic surgery must request time off from their supervisor to undergo the plastic surgery procedure of choice.

In terms of recovery, one area that may differ from civilian plastic surgery is the recommendation to stay close to home in the weeks following surgery. In fact, traveling after plastic surgery may add risks for complications. Complication rates for infection, swelling, excessive scarring, hematomas and pulmonary embolism are higher among traveling patients, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). There are several considerations, including:

  • Consider how you will be able to continually reposition your body, as required following plastic surgery, should you need to travel.
  • Understand that managing travel may interfere with activity restrictions following plastic surgery.
  • Ask yourself, who will manage a complication should one occur?
  • Understand that other countries physicians and hospitals do not operate with the same credentialing and accreditation processes as in the U.S.
  • Some countries do not have adequate medical personnel or skills to manage plastic surgery complications.
  • Carry medical records with you in case you need them.

Plastic surgery is certainly an attractive incentive for army recruits. Waiving the fees associated with plastic surgery such as facility, plastic surgeon and anesthesia fees is highly advantageous. From the aesthetic point of view, there definitely are some distinctive long term benefits associated with joining the army today.

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