Monthly Archives: October 2012
Is it Safe to Have a Breast Reduction Outside the United States?
Posted on: October 23, 2012
Medical tourism has been getting a lot of press lately. The lure of having a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in a foreign land at a huge discount may seem tempting. There are tropical paradises that advertise surgery at greatly reduced rates and then tell you that you can recover on a beautiful beach. For a Marin County woman wanting a breast reduction, or a reduction mammoplasty, and she does not have health insurance coverage, this may have great appeal.
There are several things to consider here. Why is surgery so much less expensive? Most of these foreign countries do not require their doctors to have medical mal practice insurance, if anything goes wrong you have no protection. Hospitals and surgery centers may have questionable standards. Language and cultural barriers can make communicating frustrating. Another important consideration is if you have a complication from the surgery, then what will you do once you return home? If you are not able to return to your original surgeon, you are going to need to find a local breast reduction surgeon willing to see you, and this can be costly.
In order to avoid infection and scarring, it is important for the surgery patient to avoid the sun and water while recovering.
What Questions to Ask at a Breast Reduction Consultation
Posted on: October 16, 2012
Marin County women are sometimes nervous when they first go in for a consultation for breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty. This is understandable and also very common. It is suggested, therefore, to make a list ahead of time to refer to so that all of your important questions will be answered.
Besides your own questions here is a partial list suggested by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that you may want to include.
1. Is the surgeon is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
2. Is the surgeon a member of ASPS?
3. Where will the surgery be performed?
4. If the surgery is to be done in a private surgical facility is it accredited?
5. Is the anesthesiologist Board Certified?
6. Would I be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
7. What technique is recommended for me?
8. What risks and complications are associated with breast reduction?
9. What will the recovery be like?
10. Can I see before and after pictures of actual patients?
It has been my experience that breast reduction surgery is one of the highest patient satisfaction procedures performed. Women who have suffered with back, neck and shoulder pain get immediate relief, and enjoy how well their clothes fit.