Managing the costs of cosmetic surgery can be challenging for many people paying for procedures out-of-pocket, but international companies are offering affordable prices and packages for some of today's popular treatments.
From liposuction to breast augmentation, it's now possible to get a procedure that costs a fraction of the U.S. average. Companies such as GorgeousGetaways.com offer 14-day packages with flight, hotel and surgery for under $10K; patients can book a getaway that includes a facelift and breast augmentation, all transfers between the hotel and hospital, and two weeks of accomodations in a one-bedroom apartment for only $9,099. Other overseas packages include procedures such as tummy tucks, liposuction and eyelid lifts - all from an accredited hospital in Malaysia.
Still, heading overseas for cosmetic surgery poses several risks, especially for travelers who are planning extended stays in a foreign country. Since the procedures are not covered by insurance, any problems with the treatment will need to be addressed back home - and at a high cost.
The Medical Tourism Corporation, a facilitator of medical treatments at internationally renown hopsitals has recently published "Choosing the Right International Hospital - A Medical Tourism Company Perspective", an 8-page booklet that offers tips on finding a board-certified doctor, ways to gauge the reputation of a hospital, and how to assess the total costs of a procedure.
The Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Medical Tourism also offers helpful tips and insights about the growing trends for cosmetic surgery overseas.
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