Monday, September 10, 2012

20 things you must know before travelling for plastic surgery abroad

20 things you must know about plastic surgery abroad

Thousands of people from England, Scotland, Ireland and other western countries travel to foreign countries for affordableplastic surgery abroad . While many of them come back with fond memories and great transformation after their plastic surgery abroad, many end up having bad or poor services and botched up plastic surgery abroad.

There are few things you MUST know and ask from the company you are travelling with before you take the final decision and embark on your journey for cosmetic surgery abroad.

The reputation of the medical tourism company you are travelling with


Always check the reputation of the company you are travelling with. It is important because they would be your point of contact in a foreign country. A good and reputable company is like your representative abroad and works in your best interest.

You must:

1.       Check for the online reviews of the company
2.       Check whether there are any scams or complaints against the company. 

 Important things to look out in the people and organization you are dealing with-

3.       If they have command of language
4.       Quality of information provided to you
5.       Promptness in handling your queries
6.       Speak with the staff and ask direct questions- if the answers are vague, you are not dealing with right people

Your treating plastic surgeon’s credentials-



Always ask for the profile and credentials of your treating surgeon and get the answer to following questions:

7.       Which board he is certified with?
8.       How many years of experience does he have in the field?
9.       How many similar surgeries has he performed?
10.   What is his success rate?
11.   Which language does he speak?
12.   How  well he communicates, how articulate he is and how patiently he listens to you, as communication is very important in understanding a patient’s expectations from a cosmetic surgery and thus the result?
13.   Ask the company to arrange for a teleconference or a video conference with the surgeon, so that you can be comfortable with the surgeon before you take the final decision.

The facility where the surgery shall be performed


14     Ask the name of the facility and the address of the facility
15     Whether it is a small clinic or a hospital and if it is equipped to handle complications
16     What is the infection rate at the hospital
17     Does the staff understands and speaks English
18     In which language would your notes be
19     Ask for the pictures of the facility so you are aware of what kind of place you would be Cost of the plasticsurgery

Always ask for a quote based on surgeon’s assessment of your pictures- pictures work best in cases of remote consultation. If you are being given quote without a surgeon’s assessment of your medical history/ pictures, be careful.

20     Inclusions and Exclusions : Ask clearly  what is included and excluded in the cost specifically for following:
a)      Compression garment
b)      Medicines at the hospital and after discharge from hospital
c)       In land transportation
d)      Follow up appointment with the surgeons

A quote exclusive of this may look cheaper initially, but may turn out to be more expensive later. Please remember that the cheapest is not always the best option. A cheap option can turn out to be much more expensive later.

 References

Always ask for references of the patients who have previously used the company services. A good company would not hesitate from giving you ample references of their previous clients. You should contact those people and ask for their experience- it is always helpful to know directly from their experience.

Internet is the best medium to get the maximum options as most of the companies and surgeons now prefer to advertise on the internet. You would not get as many options in print media as you would get in web. You would find ample options when you type plastic surgery abroad or cosmetic surgery abroad while surfing on the internet. 

While the website shall give you an idea as to where would you like to send your first query, it is no harm trying others at this point as well. The first reply would give you an idea whom would you like to continue your discussion with and finally choose for your cosmetic surgery abroad-  it is important to note again that DO NOT MAKE YOUR DECISION ONLY ON THE BASIS OF COST- THAT CAN TURN OUT TO BE MORE EXPENSIVE LATER.  DO CAREFUL ANALYSIS AND COMPARISON.

If you are looking for quality and affordable plastic surgery abroad, you can write to us at info@indicure.com or fill in inquiry or call us at +91 9818462127 or +91 9320036777.