Medical tourism may be booming overseas, but consumers should still be wary

The concept behind medical tourism is tantalizing enough – travel to a far-off land to take in a few sights as you recover from a quick nip and tuck. However, if you're planning to go overseas for a nose job, face lift or other form of plastic surgery, you may be subjecting yourself to undue risk.

Recently, the U.S. media outlet The Reporter covered the rapid expansion of medical tourism in South Korea, a nation with the highest rates of plastic surgery per capita. According to the source, the capital city of Seoul has become a popular destination for cosmetic surgery for people across Asia – many of whom have been won over by the allure of K-Pop. However, though plastic surgeons from this nation have been invited to attend the 82nd Annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS),  Americans should think twice before traveling to Seoul or any other international destination for their desired procedures.

Why? Because as the ASPS notes, plastic surgery is ultimately a medical procedure, so it is important to fully understand the certification of your plastic surgeon and to have access to reliable treatment should any complications arise. 

"Although there are many qualified physicians practicing all over the world in excellent facilities, it can be difficult to verify physician training, or the standards of medical facilities and equipment," the ASPS states in an informational brief on medical tourism

Whether you are local, or are considering a plastic surgery vacation of your own, rest assured that you are in good hands with Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Craft. Dr. Craft is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you achieve the results you desire with minimal risk.

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