As the popularity of plastic surgery increases, the number of people traveling abroad for cosmetic procedures continues to rise. In the United States alone, over 750,000 residents journeyed to other countries for medical care. This rising trend of “medical tourism” is appealing for a number of reasons, including receiving ethnically accurate results in a country with that particular culture. However, there are a number of risks involved with receiving your medical care in a foreign country.
Unless you are fluent in the language spoken in the country you wish to visit, there is a potential for miscommunication between you and the medical staff. It’s very important that you are clear with your doctor about your medical history and your desired results. If you can’t communicate this effectively, you run the risk of misunderstandings regarding your surgery. You could hire or bring a translator, but these are additional incurred costs.
The United States is not the only place to get plastic surgery, but doctors here are held to a high degree of quality. They have to undergo strenuous training and peer-evaluation to be certified to practice. Even an average plastic surgeon in the United States has to have credentials to treat patients. While some countries will require their doctors to be certified, will those certifications be at the same standard as U.S. doctors? More often than not, the doctor you find abroad will be less qualified to do the procedure.
Reduced Quality of Care
Many doctors abroad do not have access to the same type of equipment or facilities that you might find here in the United States. Plastic surgery has become more advanced and refined over the years, but these techniques may not yet be available in foreign countries. Doctors may not even know the appropriate sterilizing procedures that prevent patients from getting infections or communicable diseases. Things like Hepatitis or HIV are dangerous risks that aren’t worth the reduced price of the surgery.
When plastic surgery first began to grow in popularity, the methods for procedures would leave patients significantly bruised, swollen, and at risk for serious complications. These risks have been greatly reduced as plastic surgery has continued to develop, but again, this progress may not be available to patients abroad. Infection, blood clots, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and blood-borne illnesses are all serious complications you might face if you seek to get your cosmetic procedure done outside the United States.
Less Desirable Results
Some foreign doctors are good at what they do; however, they might not be particularly specialized. A doctor who can “specializes” inAsian rhinoplasty may only be good at creating one type of nose. Even if your facial anatomy requires a different type of nose shape or if you don’t want your nose to look a certain way, that may be what you get if your doctor only knows how to do one or two nose jobs.
This is a particularly irksome danger for medical tourism because it may require you to get the procedure fixed upon returning to the United States. If you went to a doctor in Korea to get a rhinoplasty procedure, but there were complications or you didn’t get the nose you wanted, now you have to find a revision Asian rhinoplasty specialist back home. You’ll end up paying even more to get the surgery fixed than you would if you had just gone to an expert in the United States initially.
Choosing a Doctor Here
When you are considering Asian rhinoplasty, it’s important to find a doctor who is credentialed, experienced, and possesses a great deal of knowledge about the culture surrounding Asian facial features.
Dr. Paul Nassif has over 20 years of experience in rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty. Not only has he treated patients here in the United States, he has also traveled overseas to perform rhinoplasties. This makes Dr. Nassif unique; he has been to other countries and can testify as to the kind of treatments and procedures available.
Dr. Nassif has his own practice, located in Beverly Hills. If you are interested in finding out more about Asian rhinoplasty, contact us at (310) 275-2467 to schedule an initial consultation. You’ll be able to meet with the doctor to discuss your personal goals and needs, and you’ll be able to ask questions and address any concerns.