Plastic surgery abroad: What happens when things go wrong

It's not hard to see why some people go abroad to get plastic surgery. The reduced cost of popular procedures like breast augmentation, plus the promise of lounging on a sunny beach while you recover, are undoubtedly appealing prospects. However, the reality of medical tourism can be quite different.

Previously on this blog, we've shared stories of cosmetic procedures abroad that went awry. One of the greatest dangers of going under the knife overseas is that you won't be familiar with a facility until you've already made a commitment. Plus, determining if your cosmetic surgeon is suitably qualified is also difficult when you don't understand a country's certification system. This can pave the way for botched procedures and major disappointments – and may leave you stranded in an unfamiliar place with insufficient care.

In a recent piece on medical tourism, the Latin Post noted another problematic aspect of this route.

"Legally speaking, receiving medical care abroad may subject medical tourists to unfamiliar legal issues. The limited nature of litigation in various countries is one reason for the lower cost of care overseas," the source states. "Should problems arise, patients might not be covered by adequate personal insurance or might be unable to seek compensation via malpractice lawsuits."

If you really want to combine cosmetic surgery with a sunny locale, why not turn to the plastic surgeons in Miami? Here, you can treat yourself to some R&R without the risk of going abroad. Dr. Christopher Craft is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience helping men and women look and feel their best, so contact us today to discuss male plastic surgery, butt augmentation and more.

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