The Trouble With Going Abroad For Surgery

With the recent news that one in four Americans would get cosmetic procedures if they were more affordable, it's not surprising that more people are looking into going abroad to pursue treatments that may be less expensive. India, for example, will see 30 percent increases annually in tourists seeking cosmetic surgeries, according to recent estimates from industry experts. That's thanks to the country's low costs.

And while there may be many skilled physicians in state-of-the-art facilities around the world, knowing exactly what you are walking into can be quite the mystery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons urges extreme caution for patients considering medical tourism because:

- Verifying a physician's credentials or a facility's standards can be very difficult in foreign countries. (If you want to research a physician in another country, start with the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.)

- Your insurance may not cover certain complications if you experience them in another country, and you may end up in a foreign hospital dealing with major medical issues. Not exactly a dream vacation.

- Your recovery may take longer than expected and it may be dangerous for you to fly home due to clotting issues.

Unfortunately, this is one case where the saying "you get what you pay for" can really apply. It may be cheaper, but not really knowing where you are, who is doing your procedure, and perhaps not even the language leaves too many questions to chance when it comes to your health.

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