Beware of Cosmetic Surgery Bargains Overseas

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By Susan Heckler

The news reported yet another story about someone leaving the United States in search of plastic surgery in a foreign country to save some money. They have coined the term “medical tourism” since it has become so popular. Since elective cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by insurance, expense is the major selling point of cosmetic surgery tourism business.

There was the case of the Long Island woman who died from complications after getting liposuction and a tummy tuck in the Dominican Republic, leaving behind her three young children and their dad. If you search the web, there are many other stories like this.

Any surgery poses a degree of risk, it’s a given. When choosing your surgeon in the United States, you can research their training and experience and find out if he or she is Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Will you get proper administration of anesthesia, sterile technique, modern instrumentation and equipment, as well as, properly trained surgeons? Have the cosmetic surgery products or devices used in other countries been tested, proven safe and effective, or been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

Do due diligence before undergoing any surgery. For example, compare the foreign doctor to the qualifications of our local plastic surgeon, Dr. Rudolf Thompson in Colts Neck.

• Dr. Thompson is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

• Member of both prestigious societies within the field of Plastic Surgery, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

• He is trained in latest advances in both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and cutting edge techniques of minimally invasive procedures including SmartLipo, Laser Procedures and injectables such as BOTOX, Juvéderm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse and Sculptra.

• Dr. Thompson received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his General Surgery Residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center
in Livingston, New Jersey and his Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.

• Dr. Thompson has published articles in all three of the major plastic surgery journals.

• He has been featured on The Learning Channel’s Trauma: Life in the ER series for a limb–saving reconstructive surgery he performed at Jersey Shore Medical Center.

You decide—are the potential savings worth being disfigured or deceased?

Thompson Center for Plastic Surgery

5 Professional Circle, Suite 107, Colts Neck, NJ

732-410-4789 |