Medical tourism is a hot topic for both the celebrity and layperson. The biggest draw is the reduced cost of the procedure, increased privacy, and the ability to surround yourself in a vacation atmosphere during your recovery phase. “Jet set breast implants” can be a great idea as long as you follow a few simple guidelines.
When it comes to any breast implant procedure, your first concern should be your safety (who is the surgeon, what are their credentials, etc.). Following this should be the effectiveness of the treatment (some foreign plastic surgeons may not use FDA approved procedures). Saline implants may not always be an option. Silicone implants are preferred in most European countries. Your last priority should be the cost. The most expensive countries will not necessarily provide the best care, and the least costly may not provide the worst.
Get the full details of the package deal, including the qualifications of the anesthesiologist, and the patient ratings of the facility where the surgery will be performed. Ask what your post-operative accommodations will look like (private pool, beach front, etc.). Will there be a medical evaluation prior to leaving (mammogram, etc.)? Will you have a personal escort to help you get around, a chef, or an interpreter? What kind of support can you expect from the doctor once you return home. You may have questions over the coming months.
While jet set breast implant surgery can certainly be more private and relaxing than your own hometown, don’t be fooled into thinking it will be a true vacation. Most plastic surgeries require the patient to stay out of the sun for the first couple weeks, and avoid physical activity. If you take this into consideration, you can ensure your surroundings will be conducive to your health. In addition, keep in mind that most surgeons recommend their patients to avoid air travel directly after surgery, as it can increase the chance of complications. Plan to stay at least 10 days. After this time frame, your chance of having a problem (infection, etc.) is greatly reduced.
Medical tourism can be just as safe and effective as having breast implants in your own hometown. However, you must do the preliminary checking to make sure the work will be performed by a qualified staff, in a professional atmosphere, and will provide you with the necessary post-operative care to ensure a quick recovery.