Q. What is Medical Tourism?
A. Traveling to other countries to obtain Medical, Dental, and surgical treatment is called medical tourism. As the cost and waiting time for medical treatment has increased in many countries in Europe, many people view this service as an effective and reliable alternative to expensive private health care in the home country. Many combine their treatment with the holiday to their destinations hence the term “Medical Tourism.”
Hungary is establised as a global healthcare destination on account of its capabilities, world-class infrastructure, international healthcare standards and experienced manpower, and all these qualities are available at fraction of cost as compared to the cost in the UK or Ireland.
Q. Why choose Meditourist to organize your plastic surgery abroad?
We only quote all-inclusive prices without additional charges as well as free re-intervention after possible medical problems (e.g bleeding…).
Our prices are very competitive - less than half the prices in Ireland or the UK!
Our prices are net prices. This means you won't be surprised with any extr charges for sedation, anaesthesia or post-operative garments.
Q .Why travel abroad for plastic or cosmetic surgery?
Price tends to be one of the most important factors which potential clients consider. Plastic Surgery in Budapest is a far cheaper way to acquire the looks that you desire. Prices of cosmetic procedures in Budapest are substantially lower than that of its British or Irish counterparts and meets same high medical standards. Cosmetic Surgery abroad is a safe and affordable way to have any cosmetic procedure that you desire. Cheap cosmetic surgery is not available in all the parts of the world. The prices for liposuction, rhinoplasty, face lift, or breast augmentation are incredibly high in the USA and Western Europe. At the same time, countries like Hungary, Poland, Czech offer plastic surgery procedures of the same quality, but at much lower prices. Medical travel has made plastic surgery procedures affordable for nearly everyone. Obtaining low-cost cosmetic surgery abroad does not only make people look better, but also provides opportunity for visiting new places. That is the most important reasons for medical travel to be more and more popular among those willing to travel abroad - for affordable but high-quality treatment.
Some price comparisons:
Our clinic Budapest £2,900
United Kingdom £4,800
United States $6,700
FULL FACE LIFT
Our clinic Budapest £2,500
United Kingdom £7,800
United States $8,000 - 20,000
Why plastic surgery is so cheap in Hungary?
Due to the health care system in HUNGARY, patients from abroad can afford more easily the plastic surgery then at home We believe that Meditourist is the best alternative for people seeking high quality of plastic surgery treatment while adding value to their savings due to a high exchange ratio as well.
Why is Budapest one of the most desirable plastic surgery destinations?
Hungarian plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgeons must meet very strict academic and EEC standards so it is guaranteed you are under the care of highly skilled professionals; as a result, your cosmetic surgery abroad will be successful and satisfying. You will have your surgery performed by world class plastic surgeon for much less than in UK, Ireland or other countries and, best of all, you will combine your surgery with a pleasant relaxing vacation in the picturesque city of Budapest
Q. How can I compare cosmetic surgery prices or cost of plastic surgery abroad?
Cost is always a consideration in plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery especially when someone willing to travel abroad for a plastic surgery procedure. When you compare the prices from different websites you must ascertain what is included in the cost: Is it only the price for the plastic surgery itself? Or it is whole plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery package? Are there any additional fees beside the accommodation fee and flight ticket? With cosmetic surgery prices abroad you have to take in account what is included in the price of treatment. If you are considering having plastic surgery abroad or cosmetic surgery abroad and you are inquiring for the price of a particular procedure, make sure you ask for total cost. The total fees are often broken down into several components:
Knowing how much it will be the total cost is very important, since very often only plastic surgeon's fee is told on the phone or given on a specific Internet site and when checking out the total cost you might experience nothing less than a huge shock.
- Administration cost
- Booking fee
- Surgeon’s professional fee
- Facility cost
- Anaesthesia fee
- Surgical garments
- Medical tests
Q Is it safe to undertake an operation in our clinic in Budapest?
The clinic accomplishes all the standards for minor and major operations, with the latest technology, intensive care unit and a board certified anesthesiologist. The clinic is endowed with high tech equipment fulfilling the most stringent and demanding European standards (EEC norms).This combination of professional expertise and specialist equipment optimizes the quality of your surgery and care.
Q How should I choose my plastic surgeon abroad?
When you're considering plastic surgery abroad, one of the most important decisions is who your surgeon will be. No matter what type of cosmetic or plastic surgery, bear in mind, the most vital aspect in its success is the plastic surgeon you choose. Finding a plastic surgeon that you have confidence in and are comfortable talking to is extremely important when you are considering cosmetic/ plastic surgery procedures abroad. A good plastic surgeon can assure that your expectations will be met and that you will achieve a natural result. To accomplish this takes more than just surgical skills. It takes having an eye, an imagination and empathy.
Q What should I investigate when choosing a plastic surgeon?
- What type of board certification the surgeon hold and how long have been certified?
- How many procedures does the plastic surgeon perform per year?
- What surgical facility will be used for the plastic surgery, - is it accredited?
- What is the most common complication your patients experience?
- What is your rate of complications and your rate of re-operations?
- What are all the costs involved in taking this cosmetic or plastic surgery, what is not covered?
Q. Why use only board certified surgeons?
Only board-certified surgeon has the training, qualifications, and experience necessary to perform plastic surgery procedures safely and expertly. Any physician with a medical degree can practice any kind of medicine in the country which he or she is licensed. Physicians can take a weekend course in a cosmetic procedure and start performing it immediately, but this does not mean they have the experience-based training or knowledge that plastic and reconstructive surgery requires.Board-certified physicians and surgeons have been evaluated and certified by the governing boards of their medical specialties. To give one example, doctors certified by the Hungarian Board of Plastic Surgery (MPHEST) are certified in plastic surgery and have met the following requirements:
Remember: a physician or surgeon may be board certified but not in a specialty that deals with aesthetic, plastic, cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.
- Received a degree from an accredited medical school
- Completed 4 -5 years of general surgery
- Passed rigorous written and oral exams about plastic surgery
- Completed 4 to 5 years of supervised residency in plastic surgery
Q How to make sure that you are in safe hands while having cosmetic/ plastic surgery abroad?
- Will the procedure be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon?
- What is the quality of the monitoring equipment?
- What kinds of safety backups are in place?
- Is the medical team prepared for any emergency or complication that might happen during and/or after surgery?
- Does the physician/plastic surgeon enjoy hospital privileges, indicating a history of medical competence?
"Dr Treacy, who is head of the Irish branch of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors – Note: the individuals cited in this article are all competent, qualified professionals – says Ireland has Third World legislation. “To use the analogy of a car, anybody can get a licence to drive a car and can drive anywhere and drive over anybody. Standards of care are not being reached by most people practicing surgery at the moment.”
“For example, in Ireland we have instances of some clinics boiling their instruments in pressure cookers. It is absolutely outrageous. These are hollow instruments used to take fat out of people and they are being put in preasure cookers that you would buy in Tesco. It is an absolute joke.”
“We have instances where laser equipment [is being used] with no laser safety officer, no safety regulations and no reflective surfaces, and carried out by people with maybe one day’s training. The only way to combat this is the insurance companies … but a lot are working without insurance." February 2009 The Dubliner
Q What are the most important factors for safe plastic surgery abroad?
Some practitioners perform plastic surgery procedures in non-accredited facilities. Making sure that your procedure will be performed in an accredited facility. It will significantly reduce safety risks and increase your comfort level. IPRAS Member Surgeons perform surgeries only in accredited facilities.
- Outpatient surgery should be performed in less than 3 hours. For those procedures requiring more than 3 hours, the patient should be admitted to a health care facility for observation.
- The surgery facility - theaters should be state licensed - accredited
- Only a licensed anaesthesiologist should administer anaesthetic.
- Post-operatively the patient should wear support stockings to decrease blood clot formation.
- For high-risk patients (history of smoking, use of birth control pills, or family history), oral blood thinners or subcutaneous heparin help decrease blood clots.
- Unless a patient is not 100% healthy independent physician should perform a pre-operative history and physical for surgical clearance.
- Ask if your cosmetic surgeon is board certified by the Hungarian Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeons, or member of the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. This is the only board that specifically certifies plastic surgeons in Hungary.
- Do not go by reputation alone. Check malpractice records, and State Medical Societies.
Q. During the consultation with my plastic surgeon what questions should I ask?
- Where will the surgery be performed? At the clinic, in a private hospital or day-stay facility?
- How long will you be in hospital, does the plastic surgery procedure involves hospitalisation?
- Will surgical procedures be done under general or local anaesthetic?
- Will a qualified anaesthetist administer the anaesthetic or any sedative drugs?
- What are the side-effects from the surgical procedure or any of the drugs which are likely to be used?
- How long does the operation take?
- How long should you prepare to take off work to recuperate? What activities should be restricted during this phase?
- How much pain should you expect, if any? What sort of pain relief is provided or necessary after surgery?
- Is much bleeding, bruising and swelling expected?
- Will the scars fade? How long does it take? What steps can be taken to minimise scarring?
- What are the possible or likely complications?
- Is there any likelihood of additional surgery being required? Will this incur extra cost?
Q. I have been told not to go abroad for plastic surgery because of the high risks associated?
Plastic surgery has inherent risks and complications no matter where you are. The most important aspect to receiving the best treatment possible is choosing the best doctor and facility.
Most people tend to get most of their information about plastic or cosmetic surgery from popular magazine articles and television documentaries. These articles and documentaries can be very helpful and informative but they are often incorrect or may over-simplify the matter so that major surgical procedures are trivialised. On the other hand, they may sensationalise some of the unfortunate complications which, in most cosmetic surgical practices, are extremely rare. In this way they may deter people from seeking professional help to correct something which would normally produce a very satisfactory outcome.
Q. What are the risks of undergoing a plastic surgery abroad?
Being in the hands of a qualified, certified and well trained surgeon reduces the chances of anything going wrong to minimal. However, every surgery has risks- anaesthesia and surgery related problems, excessive bleeding, infection, poor healing to name a few. Chances of complication increase if you are a smoker; have connective-tissue disease, damaged skin from UV radiation, weak immune system, and poor nutrition. During consultations your surgeon will discuss with you all the risks and precautions. Ask all the questions you have in mind and don’t hesitate to ask again more questions if something is not clear enough. A good plastic surgeon will always select the most suitable and least risk-fee way of achieving the desired result. In the unlikely event of a re-operation requirement, by your plastic surgeon's request, the operation would be free in Budapest.
Q Will the surgeon show me representative before and after photos of their patients to help you with your expectations?
It is always important for a surgeon to show you a portfolio of before and after photographs of their patients to help you visualize your potential result. Although this is not a guarantee of an outcome, it will help you to obtain a sense of what is possible.
Q. Who is a good candidate for plastic or cosmetic surgery?
A Person who don't have the following medical problems are good applicant for cosmetic or plastic surgery:lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, emphysema, severely depressed, obese. All types of surgeries, as well as plastic surgery, have inherent risks, but if you have the above mentioned health problems it could cause difficulties during and after your surgery. A good aspirant also accepts the negative aspect of plastic surgery, which are: the cost, inconvenience, discomfort and medical risk.
Q. How do I have to prepare myself for the plastic surgery abroad?
Specific instructions on how to prepare for cosmetic or plastic surgery abroad will be provided. These guidelines will outline on how eat and drink accordingly, smoke and give you a detailed list on the vitamins and forms of medication that should be avoided post surgery. You have to inform Dr Rodrigo and your anesthesiologist about any medications you are taking and allergies you might have. It is advised that all patients who smoke should quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the cosmetic or plastic surgery.You also shouldn't drink any alcohol your time in Budapest, it would be for the best not to drink alcohol two weeks before the after your plastic surgery. Definitely you shouldn't drink any alcohol 24 hours before you plastic surgery. It is recommended to take vitamin C for a month before your plastic surgery It is also recommended that you avoid overexposure to sunlight before the cosmetic surgery, especially on the area you wish to be operated. If you contract an infection or flu before the date of your cosmetic or plastic surgery, it is more than likely that your procedure will be postponed as a result of a health and safety precaution. Women should also not be menstruating at the time of the surgery. Shower and wash well with regular soap the night before and on the morning of your surgery. You must fast 8 hours before the surgery which means you should not eat anything on the day of the plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery. You should not drink nor eat four hours before the surgery in case of local anaesthesia. The requirements can vary depending on the case of surgery, therefore always ask Dr Rodrigo plastic surgeon for advice.
Q. How long do I need to stay in Budapest for my plastic or cosmetic surgery?
Normally, we would recommend a patient to stay in Budapest least 3-10 days before flying back to your home country. In the unlikely event there are any complications a longer stay may be required.
Q. Should I tell my GP, family physician about my proposed cosmetic surgery?
A. We certainly advice the medical tourist to inform their family physician of the proposed medical treatment abroad. Your family physician may also be a point of contact for after care when returning to the home country.
Q. Does Meditourist Budapest charge an administration fee?
We don’t charge administration fee. We ask you to pay a small deposit when you book your surgery. This deposit will be deducted from your surgery fee. All medical expenses will be paid by you directly to the clinic.
Q. What is Cosmetic Surgery?
Plastic Surgery covers a whole range of surgical procedures which essentially deal with disorders of the surface of the body. It includes skin cancer, burns, birth deformities, hand surgery and cosmetic surgery. A well trained surgeon who has studied for 8-10 years to achieve the standard of surgical services and universally recognized throughout the world, Cosmetic surgery is one of the subspecialties of the broader field of Plastic Surgery and one field in which many Plastic Surgeons choose to specialise.
Q. What is Aesthetic Plastic Surgery?
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, also known as cosmetic surgery, is defined as “operations and other procedures that revise or change the appearance, colour, texture, structure, or position of bodily features, which most would consider otherwise to be within the broad range of 'normal' for that person”.
Q. What is the difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?
This difference is confusing to many people. A Plastic Surgeon has the degree of plastic surgery. You can be confident that this doctor has undergone an intensive post-graduate training in all aspects of Plastic Surgery and knows the anatomy and biology of the body and can prevent, and where necessary, treat any problems that may arise from your surgery.
A cosmetic surgeon often has no more recognized training than a basic medical degree - the same as a General Practitioner. Many of them have no specialized post-graduate training and often do not have admitting rights to licenced and accredited hospitals - to treat their patients in the case of a problem occurring. They often proffer expertise in only one cosmetic procedure and are unable to offer service in the entire range of operations due to their lack of training.
Q. Can I have more than one plastic surgery procedures at the same time?
It depends on your plastic surgery requests and also your health condition. Some cosmetic surgery procedures can be done together, but some may be not. You should fill out your medical questionnaire and send your pictures in order for Dr Rodrigo to decide.
Q. Will I be able to tolerate the postoperative pain after plastic surgery?
Each patient will tolerate pain in a different way. Appropriate pain medications are prescribed for the patients and these help minimize discomfort. A After most facial cosmetic operations patients have minimal discomfort. Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation have discomfort equal to that of a C-section.
Q. Who is a good candidates for cosmetic surgery?
The good candidates for cosmetic or plastic surgery are close to their ideal weight (within 30%), non-smokers, emotionally stable, with low stress, exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle(eg. drink less than 5 ounces of alcohol a week and limit caffeine). It is important to have realistic expectations and not expect plastic surgery to change your life. A good candidate also accepts the disadvantages of plastic surgery (cost, inconvenience, discomfort, and medical risk). If you do not meet each criteria, it does not mean you won't be a good candidate for plastic surgery. If you meet none of them, it's more likely your doctor may want you to make some lifestyle changes before surgery.
Q Will every one know that I had a cosmetic or plastic surgery?
Many procedures are small changes that look natural and often go relatively unnoticed. Friends may ask if you've been on vacation, a new diet or exercise regime but typically, they won't know unless you tell them.
Extreme makeovers are becoming increasingly common. These patients undergo substantial and noticeable change with the aim being that everyone knows.
Q. Would the results of my surgery last long?
Cosmetic surgery procedures that aim on making you look younger, such as brow lift,facelift, and eyelid surgery usually can last 10 years or more. Procedures that reshape or modify the shape or size of an imbalance, such as surgery of the nose, chin and cheek augmentation or breast enhancement or breast reduction usually offer permanent change.