The Dangers of Surgical Tourism

Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | April 18th, 2016


Medical tourism is a booming industry, particularly when it comes to facial plastic surgery. The promise of a more affordable procedure–combined with a pleasant backdrop for a restful recovery–can lure patients outside of their country limits. But what are the risks?

The biggest danger is quality of care and safety. Some countries do not have regulations in place that protect patients from experimental treatments or outdated equipment. If something goes awry during the surgery, you may be stuck with little or no legal and financial recourse.

To attract patients some surgeons may present a laundry list of expertise. However, a rhinoplasty is quite different than a tummy tuck and the best practitioners hone their skills in a specific area. Be wary of any methods that look too good to be true–chances are the hype does not match the reality.

Finding a Reliable Surgeon Abroad

Generally speaking, it is better find a local cosmetic surgeon. However, you may want to consider consulting a surgeon abroad if they have specialized knowledge and unique qualifications. Cities like London, New York, and Los Angeles, for example, tend to attract highly skilled surgeons.  This clustering of talent, coupled with reliable surgical standards, makes these places top destinations for individuals who are seeking the best-rated plastic surgeons. If you are contemplating travelling for a procedure, you should keep the following in mind as you choose a surgeon:

  • First and foremost, you should review the surgeon’s academic and specialized training. Confirm any degrees, certifications, and institutions mentioned.
  • Activate your personal network and ask for recommendations. Although it may be challenging to ascertain a surgeon’s reputation from a distance, you do have tools at your disposal. A simple online search can help you uncover any complaints or concerns that may have been logged about a potential surgeon. Do not be afraid to ask for photos of the surgeon’s work or ask for patient referrals.
  • Ability to communicate. Can the surgeon communicate flawlessly in your language?
  • Where will the surgery be done? Does the surgeon use state-of-the art technology and equipment?

Dr. Julian De Silva is a facial plastic surgeon whose credentials are recognized in both Europe and the United States. If you are considering a facial cosmetic procedure and would like to know more about your options, contact his office today to schedule a consultation.

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