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Category : Facelift / Tuliplift, : Post-Operative Period

Thursday, March 22. 2007

Facelift in Mexico! A Few Things to Consider

Cosmetic surgery inherently involves some level of risk. On occasion, one can encounter rare symptoms such as bleeding, infection, or scars that just won't heal right--all symptoms that can complicate the recovery for months to come. When considering cosmetic surgery, it is important to factor in these unpleasant risks, so that you are equipped to handle them should they arise.

Last year I was asked to consult on a patient who had undergone a facelift procedure in Mexico. The immediate post-operative period had been uneventful, and she had returned to Los Angeles to recover. Four weeks after the surgery the scars in front of her right ear started to thicken. Over the next few months, these scars developed into unsightly and painful Keloids, which required several corrective treatments. . .

Repeated cortisone injections, topical silicone gels, O2 treatments, Cooltouch laser and several IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) applications flattened the scars and eventually evened the pigmentation.

Typically one would revisit the administering surgeon for such treatment, but because of the sheer distance involved, she found that option impractical. Although surgical treatment may be less expensive in Mexico or South America, the doctor is hundreds of miles away and can not give you proper care if complications occur. Your best bet is to educate yourself beforehand by asking questions: How are common and less common complications handled? Who is responsible for the resulting costs? This information will afford you much needed piece of mind as you head into surgery.

You can never ask enough questions prior to surgery. Post them here and I'll be sure to respond!


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