Surgical Tourism Office Opens in Seattle

If you've been dreaming about jetting off to an exotic island to enjoy a vacation - and get some cosmetic work done while you're there - it's becoming easier than ever to join the medical tourism trend. Surgical Tourism USA is just one of several travel companies that make it simple to book a getaway along with your cosmetic surgery procedure. Vacation packages from Surgical Tourism USA provide affordable and convenient options for finding a cosmetic surgeon and enjoying accomodations and outpatient care at nearby hotels and surgicenters.

Yasmeen Sayeed, president and CEO of Surgical Tourism Canada, Inc. explains that "Those who are uninsured, sometimes the cost of the surgery is so high that it may not be an option, but with our services, it becomes an option where they can get the same surgery but maybe a third of the cost of what it would be in the U.S." - Washington News

A quick search for medical tourism companies around the worlds shows dozens of other pre-designed tours and packages for both plastic, cosmetic and conventional surgery patients. World Med Assist offers customized medical packages abroad, and also offers MedLoan financing if needed.

Still, the convenience and cost of surgery overseas shouldn't be the only factor for ambitious travelers. Medical tourism does present some challenges, and there are several risks and dangers associated with working with a plastic surgeon overseas. The Top Ten Things You Should Know About Medical Tourism highlights a few safety concerns and trip-planning tips for med travel.

Further Reading

  • Carthage, Tunisia has become a popular destination for spa-goers and medical spa patients who want to take enjoy affordably-priced procedures overseas. Tunisia is now officially a part of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). As of March 2010, Tunisia is represented by a National Secretary, Dr. Bouraoui Kotti. Dr. Kotti is a certified doctor by the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and is also a member of the French Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

  • In the wake of the recent slump in demand for cosmetic and plastic procedures in the United States, countries including Brazil are reporting an overall increase in demand for many aesthetic procedures and beauty treatments.

  • As the economy continues to improve at a steady rate, medical tourism companies are noticing a gradual increase in demand for overseas cosmetic surgery. Economists are pointing out that the recession economy will change course soon, and this is encouraging more bookings of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.