But it’s not just women traveling abroad to get cosmetic enhancements. Men accounted for 13.8 percent of cosmetic patients and their favorite procedure was eyelid surgery followed by gynecomastia (male breast reduction), rhinoplasty, liposuction, and hair transplant.
“These results confirm something that most board-certified plastic surgeons already knew — that the demand for cosmetic procedures is stronger than ever,” said ISAPS president Dr. Renato Saltz. “Around the world, we are seeing record numbers of patients looking to take advantage of the latest innovations in cosmetic surgery to look and feel better about themselves.”
Foreign travel is intimidating to many people and most of us don’t relish the thought of any kind of surgery, so it’s easy to imagine the stress involved with going abroad for body-altering surgery.
International plastic surgeons know this and many take pains to make everything involved with traveling to their facility as streamlined and comforting as possible.
In fact, many medical tourists are delighted to learn that cosmetic surgery in a foreign country can resemble a mini-spa vacation with inclusive packages that include all surgical care, plus airport pickup, pre- and postsurgery accommodations in four-star hotels, exotic meal plans, and — once you’re up to it — sightseeing.
Before you go abroad for plastic surgery
Looking at the ISAPS website is a good place to start. The global organization of over 3,200 board-certified plastic surgeons in 103 countries screens their members to ensure that:
● they have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures
● they’re members of a recognized national and international plastic surgery society
● they and their staff speak English fluently
● the surgical setting is accredited or certified
Patients Beyond Borders has also compiled a 200-plus page booklet that covers most questions patients might have about having any sort of surgery overseas.
As with any medical procedure, it’s imperative that you ask a lot of questions and be as well-informed as possible. Talk to your prospective surgeon, either through email or Skype calls, and make sure you completely understand the procedure, the possible side effects, expected results, the clinic or hospital setting, postsurgery recovery facilities, and available assistance.
Remember, you may be in a vacation destination, but you’re not really vacationing — so ask about swimming, sunbathing, and alcohol use postsurgery.
Airline flights or long car rides can also increase the risk for deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs), so be sure you’re clear on how long you need to wait before traveling home.