Is it Safe to Have a Breast Reduction Outside the United States?

October 23, 2012

Medical tourism has been getting a lot of press lately. The lure of having a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in a foreign land at a huge discount may seem tempting. There are tropical paradises that advertise surgery at greatly reduced rates and then tell you that you can recover on a beautiful beach. For a Marin County woman wanting a breast reduction, or a reduction mammoplasty, and she does not have health insurance coverage, this may have great appeal.

There are several things to consider here. Why is surgery so much less expensive? Most of these foreign countries do not require their doctors to have medical mal practice insurance, if anything goes wrong you have no protection. Hospitals and surgery centers may have questionable standards. Language and cultural barriers can make communicating frustrating. Another important consideration is if you have a complication from the surgery, then what will you do once you return home? If you are not able to return to your original surgeon, you are going to need to find a local breast reduction surgeon willing to see you, and this can be costly.

In order to avoid infection and scarring, it is important for the surgery patient to avoid the sun and water while recovering.


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