Go on vacation and come back with an amazing new butt, boobs or nose. When you fly off to a plastic surgery hotspot – such as Miami - you won’t spend much, if any, time lolling on the sand or swimming in the ocean. A few weeks after your return, though, you can proudly show off that new rear or improved boobs in a bikini – as long as it’s warm enough. While it all sounds easy and fun, take certain precautions before you book your trip. The success of your cosmetic surgery vacation all boils down to due diligence. It’s definitely a case of “buyers beware.”
While more and more people are booking cosmetic surgery vacations, it’s crucial to do your research beforehand. You want to make sure the work is done by a board-certified plastic surgeon, rather than a doctor who wants to cash in on this growing trend. What you see on social media and how your actual experience turns out may be night and day. Always check out the surgeon’s credentials, and confirm whether the doctor is indeed board-certified with the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Don’t mistake state licensing for board certification. They aren’t the same thing. A state license just means a physician is licensed to practice in a state, such as Florida. Not only does such a license have nothing to do with board certification, it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with plastic surgery.
You may think the worst case scenario is a botched surgery leaving you with scars or a look you didn’t want. In that case, you’re wrong – the worst case scenario is death. In the decade between 2000 and 2010, 26 people died from plastic surgery complications in Florida alone. Now, that’s a small number compared to the hundreds of thousands of people who likely had such procedures down during that time, but there is always a risk. In May, 2016, a 29 year old West Virginia mother of two succumbed during a Brazilian butt lift surgery done by a Miami doctor. It turns out the doctor was not board certified. A fat clot apparently caused the woman’s death, as the fat transfer during the operation appears to have blocked her arteries and caused organ failure, according to the autopsy report. In September, a 32 year old woman died during a tummy tuck procedure, although the cause of her death has not been officially ruled on by the Miami-Dade County Coroner’s Office.
While there’s never a guarantee with any surgical procedure, engaging the services of top plastic surgeons at a reputable facility increases the odds of the outcome you desire.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about plastic surgery, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!