For patients traveling inside the United States or abroad, here are some tips to help make it a successful experience.
- The ASPS recommends postponing travel for five to seven days after plastic surgery procedures involving the body (such as liposuction and breast augmentation) and up to ten days for facial plastic surgery (including facelift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and certain laser treatments. This means making sure you have an adequate number of days reserved at your hotel after surgery. Ask how you can verify medical provider and facility credentials. Be certain to ask specific details about the doctor’s training. Plan ahead for complications. If a complication occurs after returning home, who will take care of it? If revision surgery is required at a later date, who will perform the procedure? Visit a few doctors in your area to learn more about procedure options. Form a relationship with a local doctor who is available to see you in case postoperative concerns must be addressed at home. Before you return home from the initial surgery abroad, be sure to collect medical records before leaving the doctor’s office. Be sure you know how the doctor performed the procedure and the type of devices used in the procedure. For example, document the specific implant that was used for breast enlargement.