4 Questions to Ask before Travelling for Plastic Surgery
Heading overseas for beauty treatments, lifts, and tucks is becoming a lot more commonplace. According to an article on MyMEDHoliday.com, plastic surgery procedures are some of the most popular and travelled-for in the medical tourism industry. “Whether you’re heading to Thailand for its world-renowned excellence in sex change surgery, to South Korea for expert lip augmentation, or to Brazil for the famous buttocks lift, there are questions you need to ask, knowledge you need to acquire.”
Whether your procedure is big or small, it’s always important to ask the right questions to make sure you’re well-prepared. Here are four questions that every plastic surgery tourist needs to ask themselves before embarking on their medical vacation.
1. Can you communicate with your doctor?
First and foremost, you need to be sure that you can communicate with your doctor and the staff. Many facilities offer communication services that can either help connect you with personnel who speak your language or offer licensed translators. You can trust that your doctor will provide quality care and adhere to strict safety standards, but it’s always worth noting what language support is provided.
2. Is the facility internationally certified?
Joint Commission International is the gold standard for finding internationally certified hospitals and personnel. An international certification guarantees that a hospital or clinic has met a high standard for patient care and safety, and is well-respected within their country’s healthcare system.
3. What are your doctor’s qualifications?
Check to see if your surgeon is a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), an organization whose mission is to promote patient safety. If your surgeon has a membership with ISAPS, you can rest easy knowing that they’re experienced in the procedure you need, is accepted by their own country’s plastic surgery society, and is board-certified.
4. Are you the right candidate?
Is this going to give you the change in appearance or boost in confidence that you’re looking for? Will this procedure (and the recovery process) be right for the results you want to achieve? You may be thinking about getting liposuction to help lose weight in your midsection, but would a tummy tuck be a better choice? One of the best things about medical tourism is the freedom you have in choosing your procedure, but it’s always worth following up to be sure that the procedure is right for you.
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