|What Are The Questions You Should Ask Before Booking Surgery Abroad?|
1. What are the surgeon’s experience and credentials? Does he/she specialize in one type of surgery eg. breasts/face or multiple surgeries?
Experience is just as important as the surgeon’s paper qualifications – so ask questions such as - how many surgeries does the surgeon do in 1 year? Some surgeons are busy, and do more surgeries in a year than surgeons do in 5 years. Make sure you see a lot of the surgeons before/after photos.
Also, what is the surgeon's attitude? Is he flexible and does he take the time out to speak with you? Does he/she answer all your questions thoroughly? Are the number of consultations limited? Do you feel pressurised into making a decision?
Gorgeous Getaways uses the leading surgeons in Malaysia, who have had consistently good results and a flexible, caring attitude.
Our policy that you do not pay anything before you meet your surgeon and view the hospitals means that you are free to make your decision on your surgery at any time with no pressure. There is no penalty should you decide not to go ahead with your surgery. Furthermore, the number of consultations with the surgeon is not limited while you are in Malaysia.
2. What are the standards of the hospital? Is it private or public?
To keep costs down, many companies book a clinic or a public hospital over a fully-equipped private hospital. Is it approved to international standards? What is the standard of the nursing staff? Is it 24 hour care? Under no circumstances should a clinic be booked, no matter how short or simple a cosmetic surgery procedure is – this is surgery, and a fully-equipped private hospital should be the minimum standard.
Also, private hospitals have a significant edge over government funded public hospitals, and have better equipment, nursing staff and service. A private hospital is well worth the extra few dollars.
Ask for proof of the surgeon, hospital and the company’s experience - ask to read case studies and see before/after pictures and – most importantly – speak to past clients who have traveled with the operator and had surgery with the surgeon.
Gorgeous Getaways only uses the leading private hospitals in each country, fully approved to international standards.
3. Post-care service – what are the service standards of the operator?
How many years have they been delivering the post-care service? What are other people's experience? What are the additional costs of this service?
Don’t be fooled to thinking that you can ‘do it yourself’ and don’t need the support and service. If you do it yourself, surgery abroad becomes extremely risky and the money that you save with cheaper operators may end up costing you thousands of dollars more with correction surgeries and long term health problems.
Also, many operators are simply booking agencies, and don't have the experience or resources required for full service through your holiday. Check the service that you will get and make sure that it is personal service with a team on the ground where you will be staying - otherwise you will get taxis and only phone calls, no personal service. You do need to be checked on regularly throughout your holiday.
Choose an operator that you know you will be checked up on regularly, and will have immediate access to see the surgeon if required. The number of consultations should not be limited, many operators have a set number of consults and any more than this is extra.
Also research into the number of clients the operator has served - request to speak to past clients, and ask them questions about the hospital, surgeon, service, prices etc. This is invaluable information and will help you soon weed out the less committed and professional companies.
Finally, ask the company how much this extra service will cost.
Gorgeous Getaways has a fully trained team on the ground for complete post-surgery care and support. Furthermore, we do not charge any extra for our full service, transfers or extra consultations/appointments.
4. Are the packages that operators advertise all-inclusive?
Quite often a cheap package is advertised, but then extra charges are required, adding up above what your budget is. There should be no surprises, no additional charges. Ask the operator what is and what isn’t included in packages.
Gorgeous Getaways packages are all-inclusive of surgery, hospital stay, take home medication, transfers and service.
Above all, the golden rule is in this industry you ‘get what you pay for’, so cheaper packages are fraught with problems, additional costs and concerns, don’t choose a cheap package thinking you are getting a good deal, it may end up costing you far more than you first thought, in extra costs while you are abroad and also bad health if you skimp on the post-care service.
If you have asked all the questions from us and your surgeon, checked his credentials, spoken with past clients, and viewed before/after photos, and have realistic expectations for the surgery, chances are very good that you'll be happy with the outcome of your plastic surgery. Results and safety should be your top priorities.
For any questions at all, please don't hesitate in contacting us at Gorgeous Getaways. We are completely independent, and are not paid by any one surgeon or hospital, which allows us to freely choose the best surgeons and hospitals based on their experience and record of results.