Mar 17, 2017

Uncovering the Hidden Dangers of Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is a growing market as people are searching for low-cost options in the world of cosmetic and plastic surgery; however, it’s important to understand the added risks of opting to undergo your medical procedure abroad.

We broke down some of the top risk factors you should keep in mind when considering medical tourism, in an effort to help you make the best decision for yourself.

Qualifications & Credentials:

Qualifications to become a medical professional, and the meaning behind the credentials a surgeon may have, differ from country to country. Make sure you fully research the facility you're considering and any and all medical professionals you’ll be working with. Don’t be afraid to ask where they completed their education and for additional information about their credentials and experience.


It is extremely important that you are able to clearly communicate your desires, concerns, and needs when talking to your surgeon before and after your cosmetic or plastic surgical procedure. Traveling to a new country to undergo your procedure does come with the added risk of potential communication issues if there is a language or cultural barrier you need to work around. Be aware of this risk.



Different countries have different standards of sanitation, which can greatly increase the risk of infection. This is especially alarming when undergoing a medical procedure, as it puts you at personal risk for infection. In addition to sanitation concerns, medications or antibiotics used to treat infections post-surgery may be of low quality or even have incorrect ingredients.

Follow Up Concerns & Travel:

Many cosmetic and plastic surgical procedures come with a recovery plan, and potentially some downtime. Proper aftercare is especially crucial in the recovery process. There is also the added risk of blood clot when flying after surgery.

If you are considering cosmetic or plastic surgery in another country, also consider what plan you can put in place if you have complications after returning to your home country. These complications can often be dangerous to your health and come with serious expenses. Make sure you factor in if the added cost of follow-up care in your home country is worth going the medical tourism route, or if the peace of mind and proper follow-up care is worth the extra money upfront.

No matter what you choose, don’t be afraid to ask some tough questions and thoroughly research the medical professionals and facility you are considering. While medical tourism may seem to be a more cost effective solution, be aware of the risks associated and make sure they don’t outweigh the rewards.

For more information about the procedures that we offer at Kevitch, Chung, & Jan, and to talk about if a procedure may be right for you, contact us by phone at 610-437-2378 or online.