A new trend has emerged in cosmetic surgery. No, it isn’t elbow enhancements. It’s plastic surgery tourism. Americans are turning their tummy tucks and breast implants into full-blown vacations to countries like Thailand and Brazil. There, they can get quality care plus a retreat for as much as or less than what the procedure alone costs in America. Who wouldn’t want to recover far away from whispering neighbors, while relaxing on an exotic beach or indulging in foreign cuisines?
For those of you who don’t have the time to plan a trip, let alone a visit to the doctor, these six agencies that specialize in medical tourism will take care of everything for you.
Medokean’s case managers help patients from all over the world book procedures in destinations like India, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Whether it’s Botox, breast implants or a hair transplant you’re after, this India-based agency will connect you to a hospital approved by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or Joint Commission International. Their travel specialists will also help you plan the best vacation for your procedure, from what foods to eat to what activities you can manage pre- or post-operation.
Jet Well Soon
If you want to see Lisbon or London before going under the knife, Jet Well Soon can arrange it. The U.K.-based and physician-led agency organizes surgeries like mentoplasty and otoplasty at internationally accredited hospitals in the U.K. and Portugal, and then plans the perfect trip to celebrate your successful surgery. Take in a wine tasting in the British countryside with your new nose or a river cruise down the Douro River with your new eyelids.
Somnio International Medical Holidays
Debut your perkier breasts or bigger butt on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand or Gold Coast, Queensland with Somnio International Medical Holidays. Somnio prides itself on having staff members available to assist you in person throughout the entire process and offers group tours for low-impact sightseeing with other patients hosted by Somnio staff.
Dynte’s medical tourism packages include pre- and post-op medical consultations, assistance in selecting a physician and destination, hospitalization arrangements and on-ground travel concierge services. They can help you plan anything from a pectoral implant to a nipple correction anywhere in South Asia.
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This U.S.-based company books your travel and lodging, schedules appointments and calls with doctors, schedules the procedure, takes care of transportation and contacts your family with updates. Their Platinum Package connects you to a hospital in Turkey, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dubai, or pretty much anywhere else in the world, and includes activities like river cruises and spa treatments in addition to the procedure. All you have to do is pack your bags.
Med Retreat’s Destination Program Managers (DPM) accompany you to all of your medical appointments (if you want). After your procedure, they transport you to a resort for relaxation and recovery. Your DPM will continue to be available at all times during your retreat. Before you leave the country, they will arrange for one final visit with your doctor, who will then communicate with your local doctor to confirm that you are ready to head home. The American agency can arrange tummy tucks, neck lifts and more in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and South Africa.