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Plastic Surgery Abroad: 6 Most Important Things To Know

Plastic Surgery Abroad


The high cost of plastic surgery in home country has led many people from the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and various other countries to choose plastic surgery abroad.

While undergoing surgery anywhere in the world has its own share of risks- whether you undergo the knife in your home country or halfway across the globe; you are definitely in FOR A GREAT BONUS if the risks associated with your plastic surgery are even the same as in your home country! 

When travelling for cosmetic surgery abroad, you save a lot of money, get your dream surgery done without waiting for it or taking a loan, visit a new country and can even combine it with a vacation!

The catch thus lies in Planning your surgery and trip carefully and after due diligence. 

We bring you the 6 Most Important Things to Check before you board the flight for plastic surgery abroad:

1.     Know Well About Your Plastic Surgeon
2.     Know Well About the Procedure
3.     Know Well About The Medical Tourism Agency
4.     Know What does the Cost Include and What It Doesn’t
5.     Know Well About the Hospital
6.     Make a Clear Plan

 1.     Know Well about Your Plastic Surgeon

Good plastic surgery begins with a great plastic surgeon” is a very popular saying. The most important person who has the key to your cosmetic transformation is the plastic surgeon.

Always choose a surgeon who is well trained in plastic surgery and is board certified in the field. Check how experienced he is and if he has one or more international affiliations.

It is always a good idea to talk to the surgeon directly over the phone and the best thing is to have a face to face consultation with him over the skype to make sure you are comfortable with your treating surgeon.

It is also helpful to ask for references of the previous patients operated by him/ her to get the details straight from the horse’s mouth. This shall also give you a fair idea about what to expect.


2.     Know Well About the Procedure

Always make sure you know which procedure would be done on you. When opting for plastic surgery abroad, it is best to send the pictures of the target areas and send as many details as you know- about your expectations (realistic though), about your medical history, health, smoking etc.

This shall enable the surgeon to advise the best procedure for you and you can thus plan your budget accordingly.

It may also be prudent to see a plastic surgeon locally so that you have a second opinion and can thus make an informed decision. 

Also check if you are a good candidate for the procedure, what are the possible complications and risks associated and how long is the recovery time.

3.     Know Well About The Medical Tourism Agency

Choosing a good medical tourism agency would not only make the process easier and safer for you, it would also streamline things for you. Most good medical tourism companies provide dedicated case managers, who are like friend and family away from home.

Choose an agency or a company with a good track record- check the reviews online, and see if there are any cases of complaints against them.  

Few quick tips are to always have a telephonic conversation with the person you are dealing with, see how well he/she handles your queries, how professionally he/ she treats your concerns and how much do they know about your procedure and how willing are they to be of help.

Make sure you have one point of contact who knows your details well and you have his/her mobile number.

4.     Know What Does the Cost Given to You Include and What it doesn’t

It is important to know what does the package given to you includes. Also very clearly ask What IT DOES NOT INCLUDE and thus what extra costs you can expect.

This shall help you budget your trip well. Arranging funds in a foreign country can be a problem if you are greeted with surprises before or after your surgery and can be lead to stress.

Typically compression garments, inland transfers, medicines after discharge from the hospital are not included in the cost. You should specifically ask how much would this cost you and if there are any other expenditures which you may not be aware of.  

 5.     Know Well About the Hospital

It is very important to know about the hospital/ facility where your surgery would be done. Make sure that the hospital you choose is well equipped, has trained medical staff who can communicate with you in your language.

The other important factors to look for are- accreditation of the hospital, what is the infection rate, what kind of patients do they take, the nursing care they offer post-surgery etc.  Since you are so far away from home and do not have support, it is important that all these things are well taken care of, before you commit to anything.

 6.     Make a Clear Plan

 There are other important things which need to be taken into consideration to plan a successful trip for your cosmetic surgery. Here is a list of few quick things you must get the answers for:
1.     How long would the recovery take before you can fly back?
2.     What precautions are taken before and after the surgery to avoid complications?
3.     What happens in case of any complication?
4.     Does your health insurance cover you outside your country?
5.     What are the visa formalities and the cost of the visa?
6.     Where will you stay after you are released from the hospital?
7.     What are the protocols for follow up?
8.     Would you be getting the end to end care?

It is important that you have answers to all these questions before you embark on your journey.

Best Destination for Plastic Surgery Abroad

Though there are many destinations where one can choose to undergo the surgery, India has emerged as one of the best destinations for plastic surgery overseas.

Not only is the cost of plastic surgery in India much more affordable, there are many good hospitals for plastic surgery in India. Besides, plastic surgeons in India are counted among the best plastic surgeons in the world. Language is not a problem and you get to visit a unique country in the world.

Plastic Surgery in India with IndiCure

IndiCure is the largest and the most renowned medical tourism company that has served thousands of patients in India making their cosmetic surgery a success.

For planning your trip, you can mail us at or call us at +91-932-003-6777 (India) or +1-877-270-2448 (US Toll-Free) or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure