Medical Tourism And Its Risks

If you are packing your bags and heading abroad with the hopes of a vacation and makeover wrapped into one, be advised: the American Society of Plastic Surgeons will tell you this is not a safe venture.

Medical tourism, as ASPS calls it, is a growing trend, and consumers considering this route should be advised of everything from doctor and surgical facility qualifications to who will handle risks and complications if they occur.

To keep things simple and safe, look for a doctor who is a member of the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Don't forego the full process-you should have an in-person consultation, health evaluation and fully informed consent so you know completely about the procedure and understand the risks.

At a minimum, make certain the medical facility meets the licensing standards of the country you will be in. Moreover, don't fall prey to a bargain. In the same manner that prices far below the norm in the states set off a red flag, the same is true if you travel abroad.