-Find local surgeons � Local surgeons are readily available in your home country. However, since cosmetic and plastic surgeries are mostly not covered by medical insurance and are considered elective procedures, it might happen that the price for the surgery is too expensive, depending on where you live. Also, not all countries have the same types of procedures available.
-Find surgeons abroad � Since cosmetic surgeries are usually elective, it is much better to try and find a good deal abroad. Prices vary from one country to another, and you can surely find what you are searching for a fraction of the price that you would get at home. Also, depending on the country, it is possible to find surgeries which are not available in your country. If you wish to have privacy and not disclose to people that you have gone for a cosmetic surgery, you can also just pretend it is a regular holiday.
The most important thing, however, no matter whether you choose to go abroad or to find a surgery locally, is to make an informed decision about the surgeon and the clinic where the operation will be performed. This is because cosmetic surgeries are designed to be impactful on your life. They are the game-changers, no matter how small, and a lot of things can go wrong, either during or after the surgery.
How to make an informed decision?
It is hard to put your trust in someone before you know enough about them. This goes for surgeons, as well, even doubly so, because this is someone that gets to play with your health and your looks. The best route to trusting your surgeon is knowing as much as you can about them (professionally, of course). To do this, you need to research and compare, so that you could choose a surgeon which really seems trustworthy and for who you can be sure will do a good job.
What to look for when researching cosmetic/plastic surgeons?
Qualifications and experience � Qualifications are vital in deciding which surgeon to choose for a cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery societies have numerous conferences, symposiums and trainings each year, and a doctor who finds the time to attend them is a doctor who wants to stay updated with the latest developments. Aside from that, you should check where they went to school and how experienced they are.
Pricing and inclusions � Cosmetic surgeries are not cheap, no matter whether you go abroad or somewhere in your vicinity. Deciding to get one means that you will have to spend a lot of money. Because of this, you should know what you are getting for the money that you will spend. Check the packages and see what is included, so that you would know what extra things (like hotel stay, or transportation) you will have to spend money on.
Check the facilities � Performing quality cosmetic surgeries requires good clinic infrastructure and state-of-the-art tools to be used. While it is not all about the looks, a part of it definitely is, so be sure to check for any videos and photos of the facilities where the surgery will be performed. This will give you an idea whether the clinic is clean, kept up to date with latest standard and whether you will be safe there.
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