The majority of the plastic surgery patients we see here at Jolie Plastic Surgery have wanted their procedures for nearly their entire lives. Whether to improve the appearance of a crooked nose with Rhinoplasty, or enhance their cleavage with breast implants, by the time our patients commit to a surgical date, they have consulted several plastic surgeons in Miami. Some have gone as far as to consider their medical tourism options abroad, such as plastic surgery in Thailand (no!).
Perhaps you have stumbled across our blog while researching your own procedure. At Jolie, we love our out of town patients! Patients fly in from states where their procedures are priced way higher, because they preferred surgeon practices in Miami, and there are those who choose to combine their scheduled surgery date with a Miami vacation. Here, we take the opportunity to speak candidly about the inherent risks of traveling out of the country for plastic surgery, and prepare patients considering a plastic surgery vacation for every scenario.
Medical tourism is defined as people who travel outside of their native countries to obtain medical treatment. The costs are usually paid up front at a much lower price than they would here in the United States. The majority of tourists of this nature travel for cosmetic procedures, since they are not covered by health insurance. However the few dollars which can be saved by having a procedure in another country is not worth the risk! The Center for Disease Control, CDC, issues a stern warning to those considering going abroad for surgery or treatment.
The primary reason cosmetic surgery is more expensive in the United States, simply put, is standard of care. The CDC warns about the difficulties in communicating with medical staff in a foreign language, risk for infections and complications, and counterfeit medications among other dangers.
Patients undergoing procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, Brazilian butt lift, liposuction, or any combination of these will need someone to care for them in the days following their procedure, as all movement will be uncomfortable and painful. While these symptoms are normal following a surgery, patients should take into account that they won’t be able to fly home for at least a week. Far from friends and family, uncomfortable and in pain, patients are especially vulnerable after surgery and need proper care to ensure their procedure heal properly and safe.
Transgender patients; those transitioning from male to female or female to male often choose to undergo one or more plastic surgeries in order for their bodies and faces to look closer to their true gender. Stigmatized in many parts of the United States, transgender patients often choose to travel abroad to places like Thailand or Toronto to have their surgeries completed. At Jolie, we advise transgender patients to research plastic surgeons in Miami.
It’s not all bad news! The weeks leading up to surgery is a special time, where patients should take the time to focus their energy inward, break all bad habits like smoking, eat well, exercise, all in preparation for recovery. At Jolie Plastic Surgery we want our patients to take advantage of their time with us in Miami, and take in the sites, relax on the white sand beaches, and relax in our fair city. Plastic surgeons in Miami are accustomed to treating patients from all over, and the surgical team at Jolie is no exception.
Patients from out of town should travel with a companion, and prepare to be in recovery for at least seven days before being cleared for takeoff by the surgeon. Rest and recovery services offer the best care for patients after their procedures. Take a look around our gallery and consider Miami, Florida, the home of the top plastic surgeons, for your procedure.
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