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Cosmetic Surgery – Medical Tourism Procedure

Cosmetic Surgery – Medical Tourism Procedure

What is cosmetic surgery?

This broad term for Medical Tourism covers all plastic surgery procedures designed to improve or enhance personal appearance. From facelifts, breast augmentation, uplift or reduction to tummy tucks and liposuction; combining cosmetic surgery with a getaway to an exotic land may be an option for several reasons. Services abroad can save 50-80% of US or UK prices. For example, a full facelift that would cost $12,000 in the US runs about $1,800 in Brazil (an 85% savings!). Having cosmetic surgery done while on vacation allows you to come back home with both your body and your mind changed for the better.

Length of cosmetic surgery procedures

Considering cosmetic surgery with a vacation in paradise?  Actual surgical times vary with the procedure desired.  Breast Addition (also called augmentation mammoplasty) requires an implantation surgery of one to three hours. Liposuction will vary from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the areas involved.  A partial tummy tuck patient will typically spend one to two hours in surgery, but this may be in an office surgical suite rather than an operating room.

Typical Recovery Time

Most cosmetic surgery procedures require 1 to 2 nights in a hospital with a recommended hotel stay following surgery of 7-10 nights. Many travelers add on a spa visit to their procedure to allow time for the body to relax and recuperate.

Countries of Cosmetic Surgery Excellence

How to pick the best country for you

Because cosmetic surgery will possibly limit mobility due to some soreness for short period after surgery, it may be a good idea to plan relaxing tourist activities after the procedure. The more adventurous activities may be scheduled before the procedure. Many spas and wellness centers abroad cater to the post-cosmetic surgery patient and provide luxurious accommodations for follow up care. Talk with your health tourism adviser to find the best fit for what procedures you plan on having done.

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