The Many Risks of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism

We’ve all heard the saying “you get what you pay for.” This is true in many instances, including in the world of cosmetic surgery. In recent years, many Americans have traveled abroad in search of more affordable plastic surgery. This pursuit of less expensive cosmetic surgery can lead patients to countries as close as Mexico and Costa Rica or nations across the globe like Singapore. Some patients see the opportunity to pay cheaper prices for their procedures combined with the appeal of staying at a lovely beach resort as too good to pass up. However, I believe it is important to warn patients that there can be considerable (even potentially life-threatening) risks associated with undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure overseas.

The Many Risks of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism

Safety Standards May Be Lower in Certain Countries

Regardless of what procedure you intend to undergo, it’s essential to find an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your surgery. Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as well as membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ensure rigorous training requirements as well as advanced medical education, hospital privileges, and more. Certain destinations for cosmetic surgery tourism may have more lax standards for the surgeons performing your procedure and safety protocols in the operating room like unsterile equipment or surgical tools. You may also be exposed to certain bacteria in a foreign country that your body does not have the necessary antibodies to fight, leaving yourself more vulnerable to post-surgery complications.

Difficulty with Follow-Up Care

After cosmetic surgery, follow-up appointments with your surgeon are crucial to make sure you are healing smoothly and working to promote the best possible aesthetic results. If your surgery is performed in another country, it can be difficult for your surgeon back home to know exactly what was done in order to provide the necessary follow-up care.

Travel Can Affect Your Recovery

While the idea of recovering while lying on the beach at your resort sounds nice, the truth is that a healthy and full recovery from cosmetic surgery will require you to stay out of the sun immediately following your procedure. Additionally, long-distance air travel soon after your surgery can affect blood flow and increase your risk of complications like the break down of fresh incisions and the development of dangerous blood clots.

“Cheaper” Surgery Can Cost You More in the Long-Run

Although the goal of many people who consider cosmetic surgery tourism is to cut costs, this approach can often become more expensive for patients. The additional costs associated with potential revision surgeries and complications can sometimes outweigh the costs of just undergoing the same procedure back home. Not to mention the cost of traveling. The truth is that plastic surgery here in the US is often far more affordable than many patients realize.

I know the appeal of cosmetic surgery tourism can seem tempting, but in my opinion, the significant risk far outweighs the potential benefits in this situation. Although it is certainly possible to find a skilled, qualified plastic surgeon overseas, the lack of safety standards, follow-up opportunities and coverage if a complication should occur would personally make me think twice about traveling abroad for any surgical procedure. At Southern Plastic Surgery, we offer affordable plastic surgery plans to help patients who seek cosmetic rejuvenation, but are concerned about the potential cost. To learn more, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery for more details or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for the latest plastic surgery news, tips, and photos.

Hear First-Hand from Southern Plastic Surgery Patients

One of the most consistently rewarding parts of life as a plastic surgeon is hearing from patients who I have been able to help over the years. Regardless of the type of procedure performed, it’s always a thrill to see the finished results of a cosmetic procedure and the joy it has brought the patient. Additionally, receiving feedback from patients helps me make sure that our office is doing everything in our power to make sure every patient has the best, most-satisfying experience possible. With this in mind, I have shared some recent testimonials we have received from Southern Plastic Surgery patients to help show how we work hard to truly make a difference in the lives of every patient we see.

Hear First-Hand from Southern Plastic Surgery Patients

Choosing a surgeon to perform your procedure is a decision that cannot be made lightly. It’s important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who you feel a genuine connection with:

“I chose to visit Dr. Whiteman first. He instantly told me that my breasts were way too heavy and that he understood why I’ve been in so much pain. He even understood why I felt fat in almost every piece of clothing I wore. After visiting several other surgeons, my heart and mind led me back to Dr. Whiteman’s office. Ten days after my procedure I looked and felt amazing. The pain was far more bearable than I expected. Dr. Whiteman, Jackie, and the rest of the staff made me feel great throughout the entire process. If you’re thinking about a breast reduction and want a very experienced, knowledgeable, and caring surgeon then Dr. Whiteman is your man.”

As any plastic surgeon will tell you, a patient’s cosmetic surgery journey begins long before their procedure and continues long after their surgery is complete. Read more about how my staff and I work to make every patient’s cosmetic surgery experience as satisfying and instructive as possible:

“Dr. Whiteman and his staff were amazing throughout the entire pre and post-surgery process. I would definitely recommend Southern Plastic Surgery for any of your plastic surgery needs. Dr. Whiteman really takes the time to answer all your questions and concerns. I am so glad that I made the right choice by selecting Dr. Whiteman to perform my surgery.”

I love to build relationships with my patients. Working with the same patients through the years allows us to bond, become more connected and feel more like family as time goes on. Here is a testimonial from one of my longtime patients:

“I have been a patient of Dr. Whiteman and Southern Plastic Surgery for 8 years. Dr. Whiteman has performed several facial injections, breast revision surgery, and a mini facelift for me in this time and I am very happy with the results of all my procedures. His staff is friendly, down to earth, and always ready to answer any question that I have. I have happily recommended Dr. Whiteman to several friends and loved ones over the years.”

No matter if they are preparing for cosmetic surgery or a non-surgical cosmetic treatment, I take great pride in providing an exceptional experience for every one of my patients. To help them in their decision-making process, I invite all prospective patients to a complimentary plastic surgery consultation to listen to their concerns and help determine the correct treatment plan for their unique aesthetic needs. To get started, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. For more patient stories, tips, and more, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

How Body Contouring Procedures Can Help Men Improve Their Appearance

Although in the past there was a perception that cosmetic surgery was almost exclusively for women, the truth is that cosmetic procedures for men become more and more commonplace every year. Because plastic surgery as a whole has increased in popularity, I have noticed a large influx of male patients seeking cosmetic alterations in recent years. And why not? In such a competitive economy, it makes sense that more guys would want to look their very best. Instead of detailing the entire menu of cosmetic procedures available for men, I have decided to focus on three of the most popular body contouring procedures I perform on male patients who seek to achieve a more toned, masculine physique.

How Body Contouring Procedures Can Help Men Improve Their AppearanceMany men strive for a trim, athletic-looking body contour. However, as the years go on, this can become challenging to maintain. Stubborn, excess fat can accrue over time in areas all over the body including the abdomen, flanks (or “love handles”), chest, back, and neck. Liposuction can effectively remove fat from these areas that can be virtually impossible to reduce with diet and exercise alone. Because most men’s skin typically retains elasticity longer than most women’s, liposuction can be even more successful in helping men tone and shape their bodies.

A flat, masculine chest contour is another crucial component of a rejuvenated, healthy-looking appearance. Unfortunately, many men suffer from gynecomastia, a condition in which an excess of glandular breast tissue can create enlargement in the male breast. While many guys may think this is something that can be improved by eating right and exercising regularly, true gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of hormones, not weight gain. Meaning, to truly treat gynecomastia and improve their physique, male breast reduction surgery may be required.

Lastly, a tummy tuck can have a significant impact on guys who want to improve the appearance of their abdomen and waist. It’s common for guys to be left with excess, hanging abdominal skin after undergoing considerable weight loss. A tummy tuck can help guys flatten their abs by removing excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles and trimming the waistline.

There has never been a better time for men to improve their appearance with cosmetic procedures. From the body contouring procedures mentioned above to post-weight loss surgery, facial procedures, and more, guys have more options than ever to help them look and feel their very best. Please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery for more information on cosmetic surgery for men or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for the latest plastic surgery news, tips, and photos.