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Cosmetic Surgery Abroad: My ‘Worth It’ Rating

One of the best parts of going on vacation is coming back with rested, refreshed look. Spending time in a tropical location can provide some much-needed relaxation, but some people are traveling abroad to undergo cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation. I’m comfortable telling Albany patients that there are exceptional plastic surgeons overseas, but I’m also a big proponent of giving patients every advantage when it comes to ensuring safe, long-lasting results.

A common cause of concern about having surgery abroad is the potential for serious health risks, as explained by a recent blog post from the Boston Public Health Commission. There have been a number of reports from people with severe infections following cosmetic surgery in the Dominican Republic, which illustrates the importance of finding a qualified surgeon who operates in a licensed surgical center.

The low cost of surgery abroad doesn’t justify the increased risks. Aside from the expenses of traveling (e.g., time off work, accommodations), it’s also important to consider the costs a person would incur if a complication were to occur. Although there are safe options for having cosmetic surgery overseas, there is still the question of why someone wouldn’t choose a board-certified plastic surgeon near his or her primary care physician.

My “worth it rating” for cosmetic surgery abroad is different for every patient. It requires a thorough understanding of the potential doctor’s credentials and surgical facility.

If you are interested in having surgery abroad, please consult these guidelines from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Your results and your health may depend on it.

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