PLASTIC SURGERY ABROAD: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
The Bad Perhaps the most important thing to remember here is that each country will have a different set of rules governing plastic surgery—or surgery in general. Even plastic surgeons here in the United States don’t have guidelines that are as strict as other surgeons: unlike other medical professionals, there is no program specifically for plastic surgery. An OBGYN, an optometrist, and a dentist can all take the same certification test for plastic surgery from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgery operations don’t have to be performed in a certain location, either: anywhere from an office to an actual surgical room is used for surgery. The horror stories you hear from botched plastic surgeries aren’t always from patients who chose to go abroad: it happens here in the United States as well. Becoming disfigured or disabled is a common report from patients with botched procedures, although death and more serious complications can occur as well.
The Ugly Attempting to recover abroad can sometimes be what leads to your complications. What they didn’t tell you when you booked that trip to the spa is that vacation activities—like swimming, sunbathing, or drinking alcohol—can actually slow healing. In addition, flight isn’t recommended for at least ten days following surgery, and recovery can continue for several weeks. If you do elect to have surgery abroad and something goes wrong, American surgeons may not be able—or want—to help correct the bad surgery. There are several legal reasons that could make them reluctant to correct any complications, and malpractice laws don’t apply in other countries. That could make any kind of corrective surgery—if you find a willing surgeon—more expensive than the original surgery. When it comes to your health, you’ll get what you pay for: and it likely won’t be the vacation you had in mind. Surgery of any kind can be painful and will take a toll on your body: wait to debut your new bikini body until after you’ve made a full recovery safe at home.