Nip and Tuck Travel: Should You Go Overseas For Surgery?
As many as 400,000 Americans are expected to go abroad for cosmetic surgeries this year, says Josef Woodman, author of Patients Beyond Borders: Everybody's Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Tourism. Here's what you need to know
While many consumers appreciate the bigger bang they can often get for their buck abroad, organizing a trip can be complicated. It can be difficult, for instance, to check references for a doctor who is 2,000 miles away. Plus, while Woodman says many surgeries do cost less overseas, savings are not uniform across the board, they depend on the procedure. His advice: Pick the brains of a few local surgeons first, then compare these prices to the deal you'll be getting abroad before you commit, making sure to factor in extra fees for accommodations, food and airfare. Here are some other key things to know before getting nipped or tucked abroad.