In recent years, many Americans have been traveling outside of the country for medical treatment. One of the driving factors of this surge is cost. Depending on where the procedure is performed, the final price can be anywhere between 25 and 90 percent cheaper than it is in the United States.
While some procedures done abroad result in no complications, this is often not the case. It is not uncommon for someone who has had plastic surgery outside of the country to spend thousands of dollars to correct mistakes.
According to New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Greenberg, fixing the results of foreign procedures is becoming a larger share of U.S.-based plastic surgeons’ work. He told Metro that he sees at least two or three patients a month who are having complications with their foreign surgery. Severe infections are his biggest concerns, but Greenberg noted that some of his patients are simply dissatisfied.
“It’s common for someone to go and have cheap surgery and their breasts are uneven or they have a scar they don’t like,” Greenberg told the source. “They are just unhappy.”
American plastic surgeons undergo years of education and are usually certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Many foreign countries do not have strict medical regulations in place, and the doctors there cannot guarantee that their facilities are safe.