Rhinoplasty Is On the Rise
Rhinoplasty patients overseas have more recently been attracted to India due to the low cost associated with rhinoplasty surgery in India, a less than .5% infection rate, high standards of care, and reduced waiting time, according to TOUR2INDIA4HEALTH. Many of these patients travel from Mumbai, Goa, Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad to reshape their nose in order to better fit into the mainstream of society.
Likewise, the rhinoplasty procedure has become popular in South America as Latino immigrants wish to blend in more through nose reshaping. South Americans are likely to have a breakpoint from the top of the nose to the start of the tip at approximately two thirds of the way down their nose. Afro-Americans tend to have a halfway breakpoint to the start of the nose tip. Caucasians often have a breakpoint at least three quarters of the way down the nose. Softening the breakpoint through rhinoplasty is appealing to many Latinos and Afro-Americans today. In fact, The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) has taken strides to improve office based surgical practices in South America and abroad. The organization has sent groups over to other parts of the world to help improve safety in office based surgical facilities outside of the U.S.
Traveling for Plastic Surgery: Heed Caution
With all factors taken into consideration, plastic surgery in the U.S. for those that are located in the U.S. is associated with reduced risks for complications. Traveling for plastic surgery abroad has been studied and while the cost may appear lower, the price that patients may have to pay may be higher. The accreditation process is not necessarily required in other countries. In addition, the extent of the accreditation process varies among countries outside the U.S. As well, patients returning from plastic surgery procedures that were performed in other countries may be subject to difficulty with continued care should a complication arise or due to technology used in the procedure that is not available in the U.S. Finally, the AAAASF’s focus has been to provide another safeguard for quality care in U.S. based surgical facilities.
Over 1100 office based surgical facilities are accredited by AAAASF. Over the course of the past several years, laws and regulations among the U.S. states have changed to include a mandate for accreditation through the AAAASF, aside from their other protective measures for quality U.S. healthcare. The AAAASF is accepted by the State Department of Health and approved to inspect surgical facilities for Medicare. The AAAASF inspects facilities to ensure safety by reviewing the facilities ability to meet standards for quality care, as follows:
- OSHA standards for blood-borne pathogens, hazardous waste, the Americans with Disabilities Act and HIPAA compliancy.
- Utilization of advanced instruments and monitoring equipment for patient safety.
- Administration of care by those under the governing by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the 24 specialties recognized by the ABMS, American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABS), the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). This includes both board certified and those that are board eligible as well as professional specialty nursing staff, technicians and other required personnel for operation and recovery assistance.
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