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Cheap Overseas Surgery

Discounted cosmetic surgery is no bargain.

Sounds too good to be true. A holiday and getting the cosmetic plastic surgery you’ve been longing for may seem a good plan, initially. But as you no doubt hear regularly in the media, many people end up discovering that cheap overseas surgery or overseas medical tourism is not the bargain they hoped for.

No matter the procedure you are seeking, cheap overseas surgery comes with higher risks than choosing a qualified local plastic surgeon.

Here’s why discount surgeries are often not the bargain you’re expecting.

Do Not Take Plastic Surgery Lightly

Many factors go into getting a good result from a plastic surgery procedure. Cheap overseas surgery brings extra risks and potential complications. To quote Dr Rubinstein, “Surgery should not be viewed as a purely commercial transaction.”

And if you end up with botched surgery from an overseas tourism group, not everything can be fixed. Revisions are costly and emotionally draining.

Patient Expectations

Despite this, great surgeons still strive for excellence. In general, most specialist plastic surgeons find that the following aspects impact satisfaction with the final surgery result.

Patient expectations need to be reasonable. Every patient is unique which is why results can vary significantly. Your “dream look” may not be what you end up with. Discuss with your surgeon what is – and what isn’t – possible via surgery.

Patients and surgeons should work as a team, through pre-surgery discussions to determine the best surgical approach. Collaboration is also important during the post-op healing phase. The patient and the surgeon need to collaborate to prevent complications and achieve optimal results. This might mean wearing garments post-op, not overdoing activities during recovery, not smoking, and keeping the communication channels going if any questions or discomforts arise. Remember, no question is a silly question.

Understanding Recovery and Risks

It is also important to understand risks, healing, recovery times, and processes. You will need to have time to recover as relaxing during the healing phases of surgery can help the body heal faster.

Collaboration, Planning, and Post-op Care

All surgery is serious and requires custom planning based on an individual’s anatomy and skin condition.

Cosmetic plastic surgery should never be taken lightly or seen as a purely commercial transaction. Remember, you will live with your results every day of your life. Cheap overseas surgery may not be the bargain you’re looking for, and if it goes badly for you, you will likely find yourself emotionally distraught at having risked an overseas surgery.

Surgery is always a collaboration for satisfactory results. Patients and surgeons both have roles to play in the pre-surgery preparation and post-op healing period.  You may need to wear certain bandages or compression garments after surgery, for example. For some procedures, you may also need to wait for several weeks before resuming certain exercises or lifting children or grandchildren.

Scars can also take up to 12 to 18 months to reach maturity. Some treatments might reduce scarring. A local surgeon can manage this better than cheap overseas surgery.

Why Cheap Overseas Surgery is Not a Bargain

In view of the items listed above that help make a cosmetic surgery experience a positive one with a satisfactory outcome, here’s why cheap overseas surgery options can be fraught with problems for some patients. Read an excerpt of Dr Patrick Rubinstein’s recently submitted answer to a patient’s question about a facelift.

The decision to have a facelift should not be taken lightly. Do not compare it to purchasing a commercial product or item. You have to choose and assess your surgeon to be sure that he will address your individual ageing features adequately.

Your surgeon’s assessment of your unique anatomy and individual ageing features and the methods to address your concerns are critical factors. One to two consultations are usually necessary prior to proceeding with surgery; which is also important for fully understanding the surgery and risks (informed consent).

There are multiple ways to carry out a facelift; hence it is very important that you discuss your options thoroughly with your surgeon, to collaboratively choose the most appropriate operation to achieve the best possible result.

Local Plastic Surgeons

I recommend local surgeons for two key reasons: (1) Facelifts also often need ongoing post-operative care, especially throughout the initial recovery period of approximately 6 to 12 weeks, to ensure no complications develop, such as hypertrophic scarring behind the ear; (2) Post-op flying risks, infection risks, and potential language differences might impede communication, safety, and results.

It is also ideal if your surgeon can help you with post-op scarring reduction hence, you may require ongoing treatments such as Healite II or Fraxel , and having cheap overseas surgery may limit the consistency of care and your options for ongoing scar management.

These are just some of the key reasons why it is extremely important to do your research and think carefully before deciding on your surgeon , including ascertaining their FRCS qualifications and hospital operating privileges.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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