- What we see often on an urgent basis are the complications when patients just get back to Canada, they go directly to the Emergency department and we have to take care of someone else’s post-surgical complications
- Post-surgical complications can include the risk of blood clots or infection if proper aftercare is not taken
- Potential complications, unsatisfactory results, and risks to general health that may occur
The idea of pairing cascading waterfalls and sandy beaches with a transformative breast augmentation and refreshing facelift sounds idyllic. But you wouldn’t leave Canada for a heart transplant—so why would you leave for a life-changing plastic surgery?
The popularity of destination surgeries is on the rise. The opportunities to travel to Thailand for a breast augmentation, India for a facelift, or Mexico for a tummy tuck are appealing to patients in search of a cheaper surgery. However, by not taking into consideration the consequences of cutting costs and aftercare, this can cause patients far more problems post-surgery. Returning home from these trips marketed as “vacations,” you may discover that your holiday was a disaster.
“What we see often on an urgent basis are the complications when patients just get back to Canada, they go directly to the Emergency department and we have to take care of someone else’s post-surgical complications,” said Dr. Nancy Van Laeken, board-certified plastic surgeon in Vancouver.
Post-surgical complications can include the risk of blood clots or infection if proper aftercare is not taken. This results in dissatisfied clients as well as risks not being addressed promptly by the surgeon; it doesn’t allow adequate follow-up since patients do not stay in the country where the procedure was conducted.
So with these risks, why do people choose destination surgery? Besides costs and expenses, patients are also worried about the confidentiality of the procedure.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there are many skilled and qualified physicians practicing around the world, but the ASPS cautions that it may be difficult to assess the training and credentials of surgeons outside of the United States. ASPS urges patients to consider the potential complications, unsatisfactory results, and risks to general health that may occur.
With many plastic surgery procedures requiring three weeks of recovery time, follow-up care and monitoring is integral, and cosmetic surgery packages do not always provide this. When searching for a plastic surgeon, consider all factors: assure that sufficient follow-up is always provided, that your surgeon is verified and board-certified, and remember—plastic surgery is real surgery.
Leave searching for a bargain to the discount bins; when exploring plastic surgery, don’t compromise your health at any cost.
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