Plastic Surgery in the United States
Tummy tucks (or abdominoplasty) appear to be big business in the field of plastic surgery. The cost of an abdominoplasty covers the anesthesiologist, the hospital, and the surgeon. Altogether, these costs can approach and exceed $8,500, depending on the facility, medical condition, and recovery. Forced between sucking it up and sucking it in, more and more people seem to be opting for the surgery. But how can they afford a procedure that isn’t typically covered by health insurance?
Simple. In countries like Thailand and India, the cost of an abdominoplasty is often cheaper than what you’d pay back home; even when you factor in the airfare, hotels, and food. More and more people seem to be flocking to these far-away destinations to receive affordable care in idyllic settings.
Why Medical Tourism?
The low cost of abdominoplasties is just one of the many benefits of medical tourism. The concept of taking a health vacation while recovering from plastic surgery and still enjoying huge savings is incredibly appealing. There’s just nothing like the feeling of being pampered, soaking up the sun on a white sandy beach, and getting the necessary work done on your body to make you feel beautiful inside and out. In fact, the success of medical tourism in recent years has prompted numerous articles, testimonials, and questions designed to help first-timers familiarize themselves with the numerous offerings available.
Thailand is a great place to visit in its own right. Long before medical tourism surfaced, this “land of smiles” was one of the most popular destinations in SE Asia. But with struggling health systems in the West and major advances in the East, Thailand has become one of the most popular destinations in the world.
If you’re looking for hot sun and fun, March, April, and May are the best times to visit. The monsoon season generally hits Thailand around June through September, after which time, the Thai winter sets in. But even during the coldest months of the year, you won’t need a jacket (unless you go into an air-conditioned theater).