Planning and Preparing for a Cosmetic Surgery and Vacation in the Philippines
This is a follow-up article that we published last year, entitled Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in The Philippines .
Are you planning to have a cosmetic procedure and at the same time have a fun and fulfilling vacation? If you are, then the Philippines is the right place for you! Many people all over the world have chosen the Philippines for their cosmetics procedures. Aside from much cheaper surgical cost, state-of-the-art medical facilities, expert and hospitable surgeons and nurses, another reason why people choose the Philippines is that, it is also a tourist spot country where they can go to many beautiful places and have their vacation at the same time!
If you don’t want your friends and family to know about you having a surgery, plan a vacation and get your procedure performed in the Philippines. But before having your vacation and procedure make sure that you are fully prepared. Know the possible complications that may occur and do everything in your power to minimize them. Take the time to read the following tips in this article. It will help you eliminate the risks of complications and will give you some valuable information on how to prepare and plan for your vacation and plastic surgery in the Philippines.
Gather information as many as you can
The first thing that you should do to reduce the risks of complications is to gather information as many as possible. Research the place, the surgeon, hospital, surgery and post-operative care. By having that information, they will allow you to:
Select the best place to stay during your vacation and recovery.
Select the best surgeon.
Select the best hospital.
Understand the possible risks and complications.
Understand the terminologies associated with the operation.
Have a faster recovery period after the procedure.
Second most important thing to do is to search and to choose well the right surgeon before scheduling an operation. See to it that they have current licenses and certifications as specified by Philippine laws. In the Philippines, a certified surgeon must be a member of the Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (PAPRAS) and the Philippines Board of Plastic Surgeons (PBPS), having passed all of the requirements by the said groups.
You can also visit their website of your surgeon. By reading the testimonials of the past clients and looking at the before and after photos, will help you decide if he/she is a good or bad surgeon. Some information in the website will also give you ample hints if the surgeon is the right one for you. Just make sure that all claims made by them are accurate and true. Everybody wants to have great results, but you should be prepared for bad situations as well.
Contact and consult your surgeon
After choosing the right surgeon, it is very important to talk first to your surgeon before scheduling an operation. He can give you advices on what to do and it can give him ideas about your condition and if the operation is the right one for you. See also if he can fix your issues naturally before deciding on surgery. Sometimes there are non-surgical options that can help you with your condition. They are sometimes much safer and cheaper. Ask your surgeon about them.
Never hesitate to ask your surgeon if there are some things that bother you. Make sure you have undergone at least two consultations with the surgeon before scheduling the operation. This is very important in ensuring that you are both on the same side as to what you want to be done.
Also, talk to your surgeon the pricing details. This can help you prepare financially and decide what payment method to be used. Make sure that both of you are happy with your payment agreement.
Consider the possible complications
It is important to have a preventative plan in case everything goes wrong. Make sure to ask your surgeon all the important questions prior to the operation. Here are examples of those questions:
What are the possible risk and complications?
What cover do I get if something goes wrong?
How much will it cost me if medical complications occur?
What arrangements will you give me to ensure that you are going to looked after me in the event of medical complications?
If they won’t give you sufficient answers to these questions then better to reconsider your decision of having the procedure with them.
Check your papers
If you have done the things above, the next is to plan for your travel to the Philippines. Check your papers. A current passport is necessary for travel to any foreign country. If you’re planning to spend your recovery and vacation in the Philippines, then your passport should be valid for at least six months. Be sure that you have enough time to recover and allow some extension period just in case there are some complications and for your vacation.
If your country has diplomatic ties/bilateral agreement with the Philippines and you are classified as a non-restricted national, you are not required to secure an entry visa in the Philippines. However, you are only allowed to stay not for twenty-one days. You are required to secure a visa from a Philippine Embassy prior to your entry to the Philippines if you are classified as a restricted national. For the list of countries whose nationals are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa, here is the link:
If you want to extend your visa, you can get an application form from the Visa Extension Section located at the ground floor Annex building, Bureau of Immigration and provide the necessary supporting documents. For further details and inquiries about Philippine Visa, you can check the Philippine Bureau of Immigration website: http://immigration.gov.ph
Prepare and plan the details
Purchase your transportation or plane tickets after you have your schedule for the procedure. Prepare your accommodations. Contact your hotel or the place where you want to stay and get the necessary information. Figure out your mode of transportation from that place to the hospital and vice versa. Plan your accommodations and travel arrangements in such a way that will be convenient to you in case you end up staying longer due to complications.
Make a postoperative care plan
Since follow-up care is critical for your recovery and you won’t be able to consult your surgeon personally after you have leave the Philippines, a postoperative care plan is essential. Ask your surgeon if there is a center he knows or he can recommend near your home that you can use for your recovery and follow-up appointments.
There are many people who undergo cosmetic surgery every year. Plan and think carefully about your decision and use the tips from this article to get a safe surgery and to avoid complications. These can help you to have an educated discussion with your surgeon and to fully equip you before having your surgery in the Philippines.