Cosmetic travel has become more common with Australians in recent years. International surgeons have increased their reputations through positive word of mouth, cosmetic travel companies are assisting customers to plan their trip, and personal loans are making payment easier than ever.
If a couple of glasses of chardonnay and a chat with the girls has you keen for an exotic cosmetic experience, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a short list of tips to assist you in planning a trip that won’t end up on Today Tonight.
Learn About Qualifications and Regulations
Is the country you’re looking to undergo surgery in regulated to a similar standard as Australia?
Does a surgeon need to be a qualified medical professional to conduct surgery there?
Spend some time looking into your destination’s cosmetic surgery regulations and standards. Being aware of these will allow you to choose a location where you’ll receive similar treatment to Australia. The Australian Society of Cosmetic Surgery website is a great place to start.
You can also choose a clinic from our MacList. All MacList clinics have been vetted to ensure they meet the highest standards prior to being added.
Have a Proper Consultation
Always, always, always talk to the surgeon you have booked before you go through with the surgery.
The key takeaways from this conversation should be trust and understanding.
- Is the surgeon who they say they are?
- Can they put you in touch with another patient from Australia that can reveal more about their experience?
- Do they shy away or brush off questions about the process?
You should also aim to physically visit the surgeon’s clinic and nominated hospital prior to the surgery. Fly in a few days early to make sure everything’s okay, and if at any point something doesn’t feel right, you have every right to opt out.
Have a Plan for Your Aftercare
Aftercare is a fundamental part of the surgery process. Short-term, it’s important to understand how long you’ll need to stay at your destination before being able to safely travel home. Long-term, it’s important to plan for follow-up appointments and the possibility of returning if something goes wrong.
Remember to Take Out Travel Insurance!
Taking out travel insurance specifically for your trip can eliminate a large amount of stress stemming from “what ifs”. Make sure that your policy covers all aspects of your trip from unexpected extended stays to complications in surgery, it pays to be prepared.
Have a Travel Buddy
Your independence is significantly compromised when you’ve recently come out of surgery. You may have limited mobility, comprehension, or other issues. In these cases it’s always best to have a trusted friend or family member with you that can make sure you’re looked after.
Planning Your Overseas Cosmetic Surgery
www.maclist.com.au is a great place to get started when planning your overseas cosmetic surgery. Simply select ‘international practitioners’ and browse away!
If you require a personal loan to pay for your trip, we’re here to help. We connect thousands of Australians each year with suitable, reputable Australian lenders that provide access to the finance needed to fund life’s bigger opportunities.
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