American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Dangers of Plastic Surgery Tourism
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We've seen a rise in the number of people traveling abroad to have plastic surgery. The cheaper costs may be tempting, but consider the risks. Download our free white paper on the dangers of medical tourism and get the facts from a trusted source. Plastic surgery is best performed by a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon. Use our free Find a Surgeon tool to find an ASPS Member Surgeon near you.

Five things you should know about plastic surgery tourism

1. Cosmetic surgery is real surgery and has some risks

Every surgery, including cosmetic surgery, has some risks involved. These risks may increase during vacation-related plastic surgery.

2. Vacation-related activities may compromise your health after having a procedure

Cosmetic surgery trips are marketed as vacations, but vacation activities should be avoided after surgery in order to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of complications.

3. Travel + surgery significantly increases risk of complications

Did you know that long flights or surgery can increase the potential risk of developing pulmonary embolism and blood clots?

4. You may not be legally protected in the U.S.

There are no U.S. laws that protect patients or mandate the training and qualifications of physicians who perform plastic surgery outside the United States. There may be no legal recourse if surgical negligence occurs.

5. Bargain surgery may not be a bargain

Patients can incur additional costs for revision surgeries and complications that may total more than the cost of the initial operation if originally performed in the U.S.


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