The cost of cosmetic surgery is becoming increasing affordable. Over the past two decades prices in the U.S. for routine cosmetic surgery procedures such as: rhinoplasty, liposuction, tummy-tucks, and breast augmentation and reduction, have dropped dramatically. In addition a huge marketplace for cosmetic surgery has opened up abroad, further reducing the cost to the consumer.
Countries around the world are promoting high quality medical facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, and renowned surgeons and physicians (many of whom were trained in the U.S. and Europe). The industry even has a name: medical tourism. What it means to consumers is that not only can they get high quality plastic surgery at a fraction of the U.S. cost, but they can also have a relaxing vacation. South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Mexico and Costa Rica are just a few of the countries that now have a thriving medical tourism industry.
Consumer’s who once had misgivings about getting any kind of medical treatment abroad, are finding the hospitals, clinics, and operating theaters in nations offering cosmetic surgery are every bit as up-to-date as those in the U.S.
The biggest benefit to having cosmetic procedures performed abroad is the substantial cost savings to the consumer. Another big plus for consumers, is the flexibility of scheduling. Most cosmetic and dental surgeries can be scheduled within a few days. When consumers compare that to scheduling a procedure in the U.S., which often takes months to arrange, having the procedure performed abroad becomes even more attractive. And if having the surgery done abroad includes lying around on exotic beaches or shopping in gorgeous boutiques that is just icing on the cake.
Yet despite the advantages of having a cosmetic surgery performed abroad, consumers need to take a hard look at the counter-balancing risks. There are inherent risks involved in any surgery, whether it is performed in the U.S. or abroad. However, the stakes are raised considerably when the procedure is performed abroad. First, consumers have very little legal recourse in a foreign county should something go wrong. In addition the consumer will be exposed to foreign bacteria and virus strains for which they have not built an immunity. This can result in infections.
Lastly, there are risks involved with traveling too soon after surgery. The most serious risk is that of pulmonary embolisms and blood clots. These conditions often arise from high altitudes and long periods of sitting and can be life threatening.
Low cost plastic surgery is available in many exotic vacation locations at a price often as low as a tenth of the cost for the same procedure in the U.S. With prudent research, cosmetic surgery consumers can find a good deal and a good vacation scheduled to meet their needs.