Now that we’ve gotten the choosing a qualified overseas plastic surgeon out of the way, let’s move on to some of the other variables that will need to be considered when you’re deciding whether or not having a cosmetic procedure overseas.
From ancient Greece to Egypt, Europe to the Far East, our ancestors have a vast history of traveling to some mineral hot spring or another in search of healing and greater vitality. Centuries later, not much has changed—except now the act of traveling to seek out medicinal benefit is called “medical tourism” and it’s a booming business—$439 billion dollars per year according to recent numbers. And while today’s industry is more likely to attract those seeking surgeries or medical procedures than those seeking a simple spa treatment, the principle is the same.
When I was a kid, every five-year-old in town was invited to a magical weekend event called Safety Town. At Safety Town we were taught how to make simple safe choices—everything from using a crosswalk to not touching the stove. If you didn’t pass Safety Town, you couldn’t go to kindergarten. (Harsh, I know.) When you think about how applicable these elementary safe choices are—even into adulthood—you realize that even the simplest choices require, at some point, that someone teach them to you.