An increasing number of women are travelling abroad to get cosmetic treatments, from Botox to liposuction. Lured by the combination of low prices and exotic destinations, getting a cosmetic treatment on holiday allows you to return home with a more dramatic makeover than just a good rest and a tan. But not all foreign clinics are created alike, and there are a number of factors to consider before you take the plunge. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1. Consult with your doctor at home.
The first port of call before any type of cosmetic surgery should be your local doctor. Your doctor will be able to provide you with advice regarding which types of treatments would be suitable to begin with, as well as steer you in the direction of reputable clinics or procedures. Knowing your personal health history, your doctor can let you know if you’re not a suitable candidate for a particular procedure – something that a doctor abroad may not be able to judge.
2. Think about your holiday options.
If you’re solely travelling for the sake of getting plastic surgery, that’s one thing. You’ll simply want to make a choice based on the clinic’s reputation and affordability. However, if you’re travelling for some distance, it makes sense to have a nice holiday at the same time. Do you want to recline on the beaches of Thailand or Australia before you go in for surgery? Or would you enjoy a city break in Budapest before enjoying affordable Hungarian dentistry? Think about the whole package.
3. Research the clinic thoroughly.
This may go without saying, but you really need to do your research before you book yourself in for a treatment. You’d probably read reviews before booking a massage at a spa, so do the same thing here. Peruse the website carefully and take all claims with a grain of salt. Ideally, you should be able to find out more information about the surgeon’s qualifications, experience, and professional organizations. If in doubt, ask for a Skype consultation before you book your flights. Look carefully at before and after photos, reading testimonials, and asking for references that you can contact yourself. It never hurts to be careful, so don’t think you’re going overboard!
4. Give yourself time to recover.
The amount of recovery time you need will depend on the type of procedure, so think about this when you’re planning your holiday abroad. If you’ve just had liposuction at Dr Jeremy Hunt’s clinic in Sydney, give yourself a few days to recover before you hit the beach, and plan on wearing a compression garment at first! On the other hand, if you’re just getting your teeth whitened and a bit of Botox in Mexico, you could be out sipping margaritas in no time. For more serious surgeries, it makes sense to have your fun holiday time beforehand, so that you can focus completely on recovery afterwards.
5. Take out travel insurance.
Travel insurance may not cover the cost of your surgery, but it will help if anything goes wrong and you need to see another doctor. You should carry it anyway in case of emergency, but it’s particularly important when medical care is involved.
Finally, always keep records of work that you have done overseas. You may need to add this to your regular doctor’s file at some point. By doing a bit of research in advance, you can improve your chances of being thrilled with the results!