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Cosmetic Surgery Vacations
by Lorry Patton
Cosmetic Surgery Vacations are the latest trend,
put together by tour planners and physicians. These life-
holidays can take you to foreign lands, sometimes save you
money, and most often, offer you privacy. However, I
would caution you, because all surgery is serious, before you
make such a commitment, do extensive research on the
qualifications of the doctor who will be changing your
appearance as well as his or her responsibilities should there
be any complications. For example, can you sue? Is the clinic
or the doctor insured?
Let us review the reasons for a cosmetic holiday and offer some
Cosmetic vacations are an appealing option if you are inclined
to keep your surgery private. Friends, associates, even
family can be kept in the dark. Of course, you'll need to stay
away from home long enough for the bruises and swelling
to go away. (Anywhere from a week to several weeks, depending
on what you have done).
Add a few days to your trip before or after the procedure for
some relaxing body massages and you'll return home
looking refreshed and feeling wonderful. Just be aware, you
won't be sunbathing, swimming, playing golf or shopping
on this vacation. However well you heal, this won't be a
holiday in the real sense.
Many cosmetic packages take you to countries like Mexico and
Costa Rico, where costs for surgery can be considerably
less than in the United States. However, be sure post operative
care and travel expenses are included in the package.
The surgery itself rarely exceeds a few hours in an outpatient
clinic, but you will need personal attention anywhere from
24 to 48 hours after the procedure. This is a time when
infections can occur.
Aftercare facility costs can be very high. As well, if your
surgery involves getting stitches removed, you'll need
accommodations beyond the initial few days - anywhere from a
week to 10 days. There is also the chance that you may
need a follow up visit.
Ultimately, find out if your package includes these costly
extras by reading the fine print before signing the agreement.
Occasionally, you may barter.
If you decide on a cosmetic holiday outside the United States or
Canada, be aware that not every country operates
equally. Therefore, do diligent research on the country's
There are excellent surgeons throughout the world, however, what
are the standards for certification in the destination
you are considering? For example, cosmetic surgeons who
operate in Canada and the United States are certified by
either the American or the Canadian Board of Facial Plastic
American and Canadian cosmetic high standards are easily
evaluated and the doctors credentials are easily examined.
That might not be the case in the country you are considering.
Once again, be diligent.
When you're content the rules to becoming certified are
satisfactory you must find out about the physician who will be
working on you. Even countries like United States and Canada
with their more stringent rules have their share of
What are the qualifications of your doctor? Does he or she focus
on one procedure or is the surgeon a 'Jack' or 'Jill of
all Trades'. Does he or she keep up with the latest techniques
and advances in that field? How long has he or she been
operating? Doctors do improve with practice. Ask about his or
her safety records. Are they insured? Ask to speak to past
patients. Are they satisfied? What hospital or clinic will
the surgery be performed? What are their rules for hygiene?
The above research is very critical. After all, you will
literally be placing your life in the surgeon's hands.
One Good Reason
The most reassuring evaluation of the cosmetic surgeon you are
investigating is to get a recommendation from your
personal physician or from someone you know that has undergone
the procedure. In fact, knowing that you will be in the hands
of a good doctor is the very best reason for you to consider a
cosmetic surgery vacation.