Whether it’s a breast augmentation or a facelift, cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular in Australia. And with increasing economic pressures, many people are opting to have their procedure done overseas. Although the media has demonised “surgery vacations”, there are many benefits in going abroad for self-improvement. However, this is not a decision to be made lightly. Here are a list of dos and don’ts to consider before heading overseas.

Do: Your Research – As cosmetic surgery is a life-altering decision, it’s important to do research beforehand. Research what the procedure entails, its side-effects, the recovery time, as well as your chosen surgeon and clinic, thoroughly.

Do: Speak to Someone Who Has Had the Procedure – If you have a friend or family member who has gone through the procedure, speak to them about their experience. They can give you an idea regarding what to expect, recovery period, as well as an idea of how successful the procedure may be.

Do: Meet with the Surgeon Beforehand –Before undergoing any procedure, you should meet with your surgeon. A qualified doctor will explain your procedure in detail, show you photos of other patients who have had the same surgery, and most importantly, answer any questions you may have. Never be afraid to ask about their credentials and how many times they’ve performed the procedure you’re having. Also, meeting you will allow the doctor to determine whether you are a suitable candidate.

Don’t: Get the Surgery to Look Like Someone Else – Whether it’s breast implants or rhinoplasty, ensure you are getting the surgery for the right reasons. Although the media is saturated with celebrity cosmetic surgery stories, you shouldn’t go through with it just to emulate your idol. If you are getting surgery to make yourself feel better, go ahead. But think twice if you’re just “keeping up with the Joneses”.

Don’t: Be Influenced by Slick Marketing – With a wealth of international surgery options, each clinic tries to distinguish itself through clever marketing techniques. These can include: *Half-price procedures, *Buy one, get one free, or *Look like a celebrity in mere hours. Be discerning when deciding which clinic to visit and attempt to see through any marketing hype.

Don’t: Panic if You Don’t See Results Right Away – With any surgical procedure, results are not seen immediate after the fact. Speak to your surgeon about what to expect in the weeks and months after the surgery and give your body time to recover. If you follow the surgeon’s aftercare instructions, you’ll see the desired results.