Quality medical treatment overseas - let us be your guide

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Want to have cosmetic surgery overseas? Ask these 5 questions first

Cosmetic surgeryWhen Australians think about medical tourism, they're most often thinking about cosmetic surgery. While medical tourism isn't just about cosmetic surgery, having cosmetic surgery overseas has received quite a bit of recent media coverage in Australia.

If you've decided on a cosmetic surgery procedure, there are many benefits to having it done overseas: you can get access to highly experienced doctors and quality nursing care, in beautiful facilities, at prices much lower than you would pay in Australia. But before signing on the dotted line for an overseas cosmetic procedure, there are some questions you should be able to answer, with the help of your medical tourism facilitator.


1. Do you really need the procedure?

Having cosmetic surgery is a very personal decision. Nobody but you can decide whether it's right for you. But as with any medical procedure, you need to have a clear idea of the benefits you'll get from cosmetic surgery, and weigh them against the risks. Remember, every medical procedure carries risks.

It helps if you can talk through the decision with someone you trust - preferably someone who doesn't have a vested interest either way.

2. Is there a less invasive alternative?

If you've decided on cosmetic surgery, make sure you're well-informed about the latest developments. New procedures that achieve the same or similar results as traditional procedures, but in less invasive or non-surgical ways, are constantly being introduced.

One of the great advantages of medical tourism is getting access to prestigious overseas facilities that pride themselves on offering the very latest treatments. A reputable medical tourism facilitator can give you a lot of help finding these facilities.

3. Do you know about your doctor's record?

Before agreeing to a surgical procedure, make sure you know the qualifications of your doctor, their experience with this particular procedure, and their success rate.

Another great thing about medical tourism is how easy it is to research your doctor's record - usually easier than it is with an Australian surgeon! Most overseas cosmetic surgery providers make information like this readily available. If not, make sure you ask for it.

4. Have you allowed adequate recovery time?

I can't emphasise this strongly enough - after a surgical procedure, it's crucial that you allow plenty of time to recover before you travel back to Australia. And recovery means rest. In other words, don't plan on combining cosmetic surgery overseas with an adventure holiday!

Another benefit of adequate recovery time is that you'll arrive back in Australia looking fantastic - and leaving friends and acquaintances none the wiser about the details of your overseas holiday, unless you choose to tell them!

5. Do you have medical follow-up planned back in Australia?

It's important to have a follow-up consultation planned after any surgical procedure to make sure everything is going according to plan. Because you won't be able to have this consultation with your overseas surgeon, it's important to have a doctor you can consult in Australia. Once again, a reputable medical tourism facilitator can help you find an appropriate doctor.

What do you think about having cosmetic surgery overseas? Leave a comment to let us know!
Questions about medical tourism? Contact Global Health Travel.