Posted September 25, 2020 in Out of Town Plastic Surgery
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If you live in a rural area or small town, traveling in order to access the services of a good plastic surgeon may be unavoidable. But many patients are choosing to travel, even to another state or country, to have their procedures done more economically or with a favored plastic surgeon.
If you are one of those people, here are a few simple tips on what to cross off the checklist before you take that trip.
1. Work Out Your Schedule
Plastic surgery can be time-intensive, and you will need to plan for multiple obstacles (such as travel times, consultations, surgery date, follow-up appointments, and recovery time). All of these factors will need to be taken into consideration before you hit the road.
Work out the logistics of your travel well in advance and book surgery times accordingly. You will need to allow for healing time before your return trip and likely plan additional days off of work once you get home.
2. Decide What to Pack
Comfort should guide what you pack for a trip involving plastic surgery or invasive treatments. Think loose-fitting clothes and comfortable, low-heeled shoes. Procedures, such as breast augmentation, require you to bring a button-up shirt that will eliminate any need to raise your arms above your head to dress. Tummy tuck surgery or a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) will ask for comfortable, easy-to-put-on outfits.
You should also bring a good book or some other distraction for downtimes and initial recovery periods. It always helps to avoid overpacking—you don’t want to be burdened with too much luggage.
3. Find a Travel Buddy
Depending on the complexity of your procedure, you may require a companion to drive you to and from your appointments and help you out for the first few days of recovery. A companion is even a requirement for procedures performed under anesthesia.
A reliable travel buddy will provide more than just a ride to and from the surgery center; they will also act as your support system throughout your plastic surgery process.
4. Sort Out Financing
Make sure to sort out the details of payment ahead of time, especially if you are traveling to a different area for your procedure. When budgeting, don’t forget to include travel costs for yourself and your companion.
5. Prepare for Your Procedure
Your surgeon will provide you with instructions for before and after-surgery care, such as which medications to avoid and tips for returning to normal activities. Be sure to follow their advice to ensure the success of your surgery and recovery.
You can also consult the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) or the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) websites for advice on preparation, as well as a wealth of other information and tips.
Interested in Learning More?
If you live in or are planning to make South Florida your destination for plastic surgery, get in touch with the team at Dr. Timothy Alexander’s clinics in North Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-589-0722 or 305-756-8743 to learn more about their extensive menu of treatments and procedures. You can also fill out our online contact form to set up an in-person or virtual consultation.