How long will I need to stay?
This really depends on what procedures you have. Some cosmetic procedures, such as Botox or fillers can be carried out in a matter of minutes, and there is virtually no downtime so you won’t have to stay. Surgery is a different matter. Although many surgical treatments can be carried out as an out-patient these days, you will usually have to stay around for a week or so to have stitches removed. Other big surgical procedure may necessitate you staying for longer. They can advise you, but the final decision rests with your surgeon.
Is it safe to travel alone for surgery?
Yes, it is, but you will probably feel much more at ease if you travel with somebody who can support and assist you. Some of their patients opt to have surgery together - the shared experience helps the recovery time to pass quicker, and supporting and taking care of someone else can help you take your mind off your own discomfort.
How and when do I pay for my treatment?
You will pay for the treatment at the hospital or clinic, in the local currency. Most places accept cash, and also other payment options, including bank transfers, credit, debit cards and traveller checks.
Why does it cost so much less to have surgery and cosmetic treatments abroad?
In countries abroad offering surgery and cosmetic treatments living costs are typically much lower. This includes not just labour costs, including doctors’, anaesthetists’, nursing and other associated medical staff, but other overheads, such as premises rent, utilities, laboratory materials, insurance and administration expenses.
Should I be concerned about hygiene, sterilization and safety procedures?
No. The clinics and hospitals they recommend have exemplary procedures in place and follow exacting protocols with regard to cleanliness, sterilization and hygiene. Surgical equipment is disposable or sterilized in steam autoclaves. Gloves and masks are worn and bacterial solutions used for cleaning surfaces.
Membership of international organizations who monitor health and safety standards, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), is not uncommon, and accreditation with the Joint Commission International (JCI) is becoming a benchmark for quality for hospitals.