Cheap Medical Tourism Gone Wrong Underlines the Importance of Using the Best Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, says Dr. Michael Jazayeri

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The Orange County-based plastic surgeon comments on a recent article that the risks and complications associated with cut-rate plastic surgery abroad not what patients bargained for.

When it's your turn under the proverbial knife, you want to make sure you're being treated by someone with all the necessary skills and abilities.

With the practice of medical tourism on the rise, prospective patients should understand the serious risks involved.

An October 21 article on Daily Mail reported on a Norwegian singer’s plan to travel to Los Angeles for revision procedures to correct results she was left with after going to Turkey for inexpensive plastic surgery some years ago. The singer said she went to Turkey for a low-cost buttock augmentation when she was a teenager. She now regrets the decision because of what she sees as an unnatural appearance from behind, adding that she never even had a consultation before her operation. Orange County-based plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Jazayeri says that this unfortunate story is just one of many examples of the dangers of medical tourism – and a relatively mild one at that. He adds that, with the practice of medical tourism on the rise, prospective patients should know the serious risks involved.

Dr. Jazayeri says that he understands that saving money by going abroad for a budget procedure might be tempting. However, he notes that the costs of multiple revision surgeries that often follow botched procedures can end up being exponentially more expensive than going to a proven plastic surgeon and getting a good outcome on the first try. Dr. Jazayeri says that the lower cost of plastic surgery in certain countries is often due to fewer regulations and surgeons who may not be properly trained. That can lead to the kind of horror stories that occasionally make it into the tabloids, notes the Orange County surgeon.

Even in the U.S. where more strict laws and regulations are enforced, it is crucial for prospective patients to thoroughly research the surgeons they’re considering, says the doctor. The most important thing when it comes to finding the right surgeon is to ensure that they are board-certified plastic surgeons, he says. Dr. Jazayeri explains that this means that the surgeon’s skills and qualifications have been rigorously examined by the nation’s leading plastic surgery organization, certifying the doctor’s ability to safely and correctly perform plastic surgery procedures. This is crucial in terms of sheer safety, but it should also lead to better, more natural looking results in comparison to doctors who have not been so thoroughly vetted. He also notes that people should be aware that plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons are not identical, with plastic surgery requiring an additional two years of training.

Dr. Michael Jazayeri is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Readers interested in learning more about his services may call (714) 242-5908 or visit his website at

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