Cosmetic Surgery Travel Restrictions With COVID19

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Cosmetic Surgery Travel Restrictions With Covid19

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For the time being the market for cosmetic surgery has closed down.  Hopefully the restrictions on cosmetic surgery travel is temporary but we must all focus on the bigger issues of our Coronavirus pandemic rather than concern ourselves with out tummy tucks or nose jobs.

I, for one, am deeply sorrowed by the unfolding events.  Our site is quite new and was just getting nicely off the ground with hundreds of visits every day. I am optimistic enough to think that the disruption will be short-lived but I fear it will be quite a while before cosmetic surgery travel  is permitted and we can pop off to Istanbul for a hair transplant or fly to Singapore for eyelid surgery or get our ears pinned back in India.

It might be that by the time the pandemic clears some clinics will have gone out of business and it will take a while for resources like ours to update our directory listings.  There will always be a demand for cosmetic surgery travel so I guess things will eventually bounce back.  We will carry on building our directory on currently available information.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

The WHO has stepped up its calls for intensified action to fight the coronavirus pandemic, imploring countries not to let this fire spread.  Europe has become the centre of the epidemic. The virus is present in all 27 EU states, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.

Around the world, governments have closed spas, schools and bars, sealed borders, cancelled sporting events, imposed tough social distancing measures, and asked or required people to stay at home.

Many countries have closed borders inbound and outbound, partially or completely, and imposed requirements for travellers to be tested or quarantined.

European Union (EU)

As well as individual country moves, the EU has imposed an unprecedented 30-day ban on travel for foreigners going to the bloc in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus. This has already put much of the EU on lockdown and blown apart the market for cosmetic surgery travel.

The European Commission has also banned all non-essential travel throughout Europe's Schengen free-travel zone.  The Schengen zone consists of 22 of the 27 European Union member states, as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

All trips between non-European countries and EU countries are suspended inbound and outbound.

The UK, no longer an EU member, has been asked to close its borders but it has yet to do so.  The EU may ban entry and exit; the UK has only advised residents to avoid non-essential travel abroad for 30 days.

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Spain have now all blocked travel even with countries in the Schengen zone; others are expected to follow suit. Many have asked citizens to avoid all non-essential trips.  Many of these countries are major cosmetic surgery travel destinations.

USA

The Department of State has advised all U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad after adding the UK and Ireland to the European travel ban.

The US does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the country. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. It has now asked all citizens to avoid non-essential travel.

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Cosmetic Surgery Travel Restrictions

BRUNEI

Brunei has barred its citizens and foreign residents in the country from leaving the country.

CANADA

All Canadians are asked to postpone or cancel non-essential travel, while the border has been closed to non-Canadian citizens. For the moment the ban does not apply to U.S. citizens. Canadians currently travelling abroad must return while it is still possible to do so and must self-isolate for 14 days. The self-isolation period will also be enforced for Americans entering the country.

COLOMBIA 

Nobody can enter the county except for citizens and residents. Nationals and residents who arrive from overseas must undergo mandatory preventive isolation for 14 days.

EL SALVADOR

Has barred entry to all foreigners, except legal permanent residents.

GUATEMALA

Is barring entry of citizens from the USA, Canada, South Korea, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, China and Iran.

HONG KONG

Has issued a red travel alert urging people to adjust their plans and avoid non-essential travel to Ireland, Britain and the United States. The government advised all to consider delaying all non-essential travel outside the immediate region.

INDONESIA

Has prohibited the entry and transit of visitors from seven European countries, plus Iran. All travellers who wish to visit Indonesia must obtain a health certificate from their home countries and must apply for a visa from Indonesian missions. Restrictions for travellers from China and South Korea remain in place.

IRAN

Revolutionary Guards have cleared streets, shops and public places of people.

JORDAN 

Has banned all flights in and out of the country.

KAZAHKSTAN

Has closed their borders by barring entry to Kazakhstan for everyone except returning citizens. Kazakhs are also barred from leaving the country.

KUWAIT

All international flights have been cancelled.

MALAYSIA

Is in lockdown, with borders closed to foreigners. Citizens are banned from leaving, while those who return must undergo 14-day self-quarantine. All individuals are only allowed to leave home briefly.

MOROCCO

Has suspended all international passenger flights to and from its airports.

NEW ZEALAND

Requires all incoming travellers, including its own citizens, to self-isolate for two weeks.

NORWAY

Anyone coming into Norway from outside Nordic countries must be quarantined at home for two weeks from their arrival. Foreign travellers from countries outside the Nordics arriving at Oslo airport must return home.

OMAN

All non-Omanis except GCC citizens are banned from entry by land, sea or air.

PHILIPPINES

The National Capital Region, where its capital Manila is located, is sealed off. Other provinces ordered partial lockdowns.

QATAR

Has stopped issuing visas on arrival to several European nationalities.

SAUDI ARABIA

All international flights have been cancelled.

SERBIA

Has closed the borders to foreigners except diplomats and full time residents.

SPAIN

A 15-day state of emergency limits the movement of people and vehicles. Madrid’s regional government has forced the closure of all cafés, bars, restaurants, cinemas, gyms and non-food shops. There is a national lockdown as people are banned from leaving their homes unless they are buying essential supplies and medicines, or going to work.

TURKEY 

Air links to many European countries have been closed as the county goes into lockdown.

UAE

Has asked all citizens and residents to avoid travelling. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has introduced screenings of passengers travelling into Dubai from across the world through its airports, ports and border checkpoints. Specialised medical teams are conducting laboratory sampling and following up on suspected cases. The DHA is requiring that all travellers who return to the UAE from ‘countries of concern’, or from one of the top 10 countries reporting local transmission of COVID-19, will be subject to home isolation for 14 days. The countries of concern are China, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Singapore and France. The list may be added to daily.

Dubai airports are carrying out strict measures such as non-intrusive thermal screening for all passengers that arrive at Dubai airports and passengers from countries with a high infection rate are screened twice. A nasal swab is carried out by DHA’s airport medical centre team at DXB on all passengers arriving from China, Italy, Syria, Lebanon and Thailand. Flights to Bahrain, Iran and China (except Beijing), Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Turkey are temporarily suspended.

The UAE has stopped issuing any new visas. All spas in Dubai have been closed on government orders.

UZBEKISTAN

Has closed all borders and declared a state of emergency, barring entry to Kazakhstan for everyone except returning citizens. It has also banned all departures by locals.

VIETNAM

All travellers from the USA, Europe and ASEAN countries must be tested and go into mandatory quarantine. No new visas are being issued. All travel from Europe is banned.

So, as we can see the cosmetic surgery travel has been put on hold we hope it is temporary and we will keep our visitors advised accordingly.

Best wishes from the bestcosmeticsurgeons.com team

Hair Transplant Surgery and Medical Tourism, a Guide.

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Medical Tourism And Hair Transplant Surgery A Guide

 

Medical Tourism and Hair Transplant Surgery, a Guide

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Baldness treatment. Hair transplant. Surgeons in the operating room carry out hair transplant surgery. Surgical technique that moves hair follicles from a part of the head

Due to the increasing costs of healthcare, medical tourism has flourished in several countries like India, Mexico, and Thailand where bone replacement surgery, heart surgery, and hair transplant surgeries are conducted at much cheaper costs.

Amongst all these medical procedures, hair transplant surgery has become immensely popular over the last few decades.

So much so, that The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery revealed that in 2013 alone, a total of 15,611 hair restoration procedures were performed.

So in this article, we’re going to go over medical tourism and hair transplant surgery benefits and popular locations.

Benefits of Medical Tourism

Apart from being a more budget-friendly option, medical tourism also offers plenty of other added perks and benefits. So before we go over our top destinations, let’s go over some of the main benefits below – as these are what have an influence over the destinations…

1. Cost-effectiveness

One of the most important factors that contribute to the overall popularity of medical tourism is the feasibility and affordability of certain medical procedures in other parts of the world.

For example, the average cost of a hair transplant operation in Turkey varies from $1,700 to $2,000. On the other hand, a similar procedure in the UK or the US would cost nearly $25,000.

Considering the huge disparity in costs between the two, it’s no wonder that throngs of people are flying out to Turkey for getting a hair transplant.

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2. Access to Cutting Edge Medical Advancements

The field of medicine is making huge advancements every day. New technology, procedures, and experimental techniques are being introduced.

All of these are contributing greatly towards a general upward trend when it comes to the level of medical facilities available all over the world.

Despite that, there are some places that are significantly better than others when it comes to one medical procedure or another.

For instance, when it comes to hair transplant surgery, countries like Turkey are the top contenders.

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FUT is a hair transplantation technique that leaves a linear scar on the scalp along with a risk of nerve damage that might or might not be permanent. FUE, however, leaves only tiny dots of scars that are barely noticeable throughout the scalp area.

In Turkey, the cost of this cutting edge FUE is significantly lower when compared to what a traditional FUT would cost an individual in the UK or Europe.

Even though FUT is a rather inconvenient treatment, it is preferred by patients instead of the FUE treatment for its affordability.

Before medical tourism gained this much popularity, patients would accept to go for FUT over the constant psychological torment of baldness. However, medical tourism has enabled patients to opt for a new path that makes it easier for them to receive medical care of top-notch quality, and that too at affordable prices.

Rise in technology

In recent years there has also been a steep rise in medical equipment manufacturers overseas too in places such as Turkey. This enables hair transplant centers to access the most up to date equipment in the field.

Also, Istanbul is known to host a number of global medical expos where medical device manufacturers showcase state-of-the-art patient monitors, automated procedure chairs and surgical equipment used to carry out hair transplant procedures.

Patients can have their hair transplant surgery procedure on a comfortable seat and at the hands of a qualified surgeon …equipped with the latest equipment.

3. A Wide Variety of Clinics to Choose From

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If you limit yourself geographically, then your options of clinics and surgeons would also decrease drastically.

So, by opening up your horizons and considering medical tourism, you have a lot more options at hand and you stand to benefit from the expertise of the surgeons and medical professionals from all over the world.

When talking about hair transplant surgery, in particular, Istanbul, with about 350 professional hair transplant centers, has emerged as the first choice for patients seeking hair transplant procedures.

“by opening up your horizons and considering medical tourism,

you have a lot more options at hand”

The plethora of clinics and experienced doctors in Istanbul enables the employment of a diverse array of medical techniques and services. This allows the patients to opt for the right clinic – which is best suitable for their budget and needs.

4. Easier Visa Procedures

Unless you hold a strong passport, getting a tourism visa for many countries can be quite a hassle.

However, if you apply for a visa when the primary purpose of your visit is a medical procedure in that country, then that significantly improves your chances of success.

So, medical tourism greatly streamlines the visa process for many countries.

5. Recover in a beautiful new city

Regardless of the medical condition, the recovery process is just as important as the actual surgery. Thanks to medical tourism, you get the chance to not only recover physically but also mentally by immersing yourself in a new city and environment.

One of the major benefits offered by today’s hair transplant procedures is a shorter recovery time.

In fact, most patients can return to their routine life within a week or two after having a hair transplant, and that too with minimal discomfort.

However, until one fully recovers, it’s advisable to live in close proximity to your hair transplant facility following the procedure, giving you the perfect opportunity to extend your trip and turn it into a much-needed vacation.

Top Destinations for Hair Transplant Surgery

Here are some famous destinations that provide cheaper hair transplant surgeries across the world.

India

Transplants in India are quickly becoming immensely popular. Some of the best hair transplant facilities in the country are available in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. The surgeons are highly qualified and top-notch care is provided.

Sweden

There are a number of clinics offering hair transplant surgeries in Sweden. While the number of tourists entering this country for transplant isn’t as large as people traveling from the U.S. to Mexico, the domestic market is still on the rise and a large number of clinics are popping up throughout the country to cater to this need.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous across the world for its qualified surgeons and social care. Many travelers go to this country seeking better care, lower costs and highly professional specialists.

Turkey

Being one of the world’s most thriving hair transplant centers, Turkey receives at least 5000 medical tourists each month. In recent years, Istanbul has witnessed a staggering number of health tourists visiting from all across the world for a number of health concerns and procedures, including hair transplant surgery.

So finally…

We hope this has provided you with plenty of insight into hair transplant benefits for opting to go abroad for your procedure, as well as a rundown on the most popular destinations currently available … and affordable!.

With the rising popularity of the hair transplant market, the expected global spend is set to reach $30 billion dollars by 2025.

With so many new destinations for affordable hair transplant procedures coming into the market, it’s important to select the one that’s right for you.

So why not search our unbiased global list of clinics – with no hard sell involved, to find the one most suitable for your needs, based on tour location, or the type of procedure you’re looking for.

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Bestify Group Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Bestify Group Istanbul Turkey

The medical team at Bestify are highly-skilled and experienced, regularly updating their knowledge with the…

Magical Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Magical Clinic Istanbul Turkey

A well-established centre that provides tailor-made treatments to help patients look and feel their best,…

Chandra Clinicno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Chandra Clinic

Chandra Clinic is a Skin Laser and Hair Transplant Clinic located in Pitampura. It provides…

Rosenstock Lieberman San Jose Costa Ricano-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Rosenstock Lieberman San Jose Costa Rica

This cosmetic surgery clinic in San Jose in Costa Rica is dedicated to improving the…

DHI Clinicno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star DHI Clinic

This clinic seems to specialise in hair transplants. Since 1970 they have worked to develop…

Crown Clinic Manchesterno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Crown Clinic Manchester

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash…

Ilter Hair Clinic Stockholm Swedenno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Ilter Hair Clinic Stockholm Sweden

The Ilter Clinic was a pioneer in FUE hair transplants in Europe. All operations are…

New Hair Clinic Stockholm Swedenno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star New Hair Clinic Stockholm Sweden

New Hair Clinic has more than 25 years of experience in performing hair transplants. They…

Hair Transplant Dubai Clinicno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Hair Transplant Dubai Clinic

This clinic specialises in following hair transplant procedures such as Eyebrow Transplant, Eyelash Transplant ,…

Anastassakis Hair Clinic  Athens Greeceno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Anastassakis Hair Clinic Athens Greece

Anastassakis Hair Clinic is located in Athens, Greece. A center of excellence for Surgical Hair…

Esthetic Hair Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Esthetic Hair Turkey

Esthetic Hair Turkey provides services in accordance with world standards . They help patients who…

Dr. Serkan Aygın Hair Transplant Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Dr. Serkan Aygın Hair Transplant Clinic Istanbul Turkey

Dr. Serkan Aygın is a member of International Society of Dermatology. Dr. Serkan Aygın, being…

Dr Tayfun Hair Transplant Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Dr Tayfun Hair Transplant Clinic Istanbul Turkey

Dr. Tayfun Oğuzoğlu started hair transplantation in 1997 in Istanbul, for almost 6 years he…

Neopital Aesthetics Hair Transplant Clinic Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Neopital Aesthetics Hair Transplant Clinic Turkey

Neopital hair transplantation centre, using the latest hair transplantation technologies, achieves dense and very natural…

Hermes Hair Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Hermes Hair Clinic Istanbul Turkey

The clinic has been performing hair transplantations since 2001. And for a long period of…

Diamond Hair Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Diamond Hair Clinic Istanbul Turkey

Their qualified head surgeon Dr Mehmet Demircioglu has more than seven years of hair transplant…

Ozge Ergun Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Ozge Ergun Clinic Istanbul Turkey

Ozge Ergun MD was born in Bafra, 1973. He graduated from the faculty of Medicine…

Hair Istanbul – Dr.Erkam Caymazno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Hair Istanbul – Dr.Erkam Caymaz

Best hair Transplantation in Istanbul! 1-2 Vip Operation a Day! Sapphire FUE and DHI technique.…

First Plastic Surgery Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star First Plastic Surgery Istanbul Turkey

First plastic Surgery Clinic in Istanbul is very much geared towards the overseas medical tourist.…

Esthcare Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Esthcare Clinic Istanbul Turkey

Esthcare Clinic is located in Istanbul, Turkey and offers hair transplants and other aesthetic treatments…

Dr Ziya Yavuz Hair Transplant  Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Dr Ziya Yavuz Hair Transplant Istanbul Turkey

Dr Ziya Yavuz Hair Transplant is located in Istanbul, Turkey and provides expert hair transplant…

DHI Hair Transplant. Delhi Indiano-star no-star no-star no-star no-star DHI Hair Transplant. Delhi India

DHI Medical Group is the world's largest chain of hair restoration clinics with 74 clinics…

Remedy Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Remedy Clinic Istanbul Turkey

Remedy Istanbul – Medical is located in Turkey and offers professional healthcare at value-for-money prices…

Best Hair Transplant Clinic. Delhi Indiano-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Best Hair Transplant Clinic. Delhi India

Dr. Kashyap practices cutting edge Plastic Surgery including the latest innovations in Minimal Access and…

Neograft Hair Clinic.  Chandigarh Indiano-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Neograft Hair Clinic. Chandigarh India

Neograft hair clinic was founded in year 2010 by Dr Nav Vikram who is a…

Maya Estetik Medicalno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Maya Estetik Medical

Maya Estetik Medical is a multidisciplinary surgical, medical and dental clinic located in Istanbul, Turkey.…

Darling Buds Hair Transplant Clinic. Chandigarh Indiano-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Darling Buds Hair Transplant Clinic. Chandigarh India

Dr. Tejinder Bhatti’s Darling Buds Clinic, located at Chandigarh, India, is at present one of…

Clinic Plast Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Clinic Plast Istanbul Turkey

ClinicPlast is an aesthetic surgery clinic established by expert surgeons, who have more than 15…

Harleys Hair Transplant Clinic Mumbai Indiano-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Harleys Hair Transplant Clinic Mumbai India

Harleys, the best hair transplant clinic in Mumbai believes in offering customized hair transplant in…

Vita Estetic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Vita Estetic Istanbul Turkey

Vita Estetic is located in Istanbul, Turkey. It offers hair transplantation services, including Direct Hair…

Rivendell Clinic Poznan Polandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Rivendell Clinic Poznan Poland

A well-established clinic in Poznan that offers a wide range of aesthetic procedures including low…

Self Hair Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Self Hair Clinic Istanbul Turkey

Self Hair Clinic welcomes medical tourists from around the world, offering airport transfers, language support…

Comfort Zone Clinic Istanbul Turkeyno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Comfort Zone Clinic Istanbul Turkey

This is a real celebrity hangout for TV reality stars and other people looking for…

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                                                                    Cosmetic Dentistry Tourism at Prices to Make You Smile.

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                                                                    Cosmetic Dentistry Tourism At Prices To Make You Smile
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                                                                    Bright sunset in Budapest

                                                                    It is now 5 years since I first visited Budapest as a medical tourist. I know that because a selfie of me sitting at a Budapest café appeared this week on my Facebook feed. I remember how happy I was. I had just agreed to a series of implants and cosmetic dentistry for a third of the price my London dentist would have charged me. Over the next 2 years I kept Wizzair in business and experienced the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry tourism

                                                                    I found my dental clinic via a ‘dental facilitator’ who arranges these things for British clients and most countries have similar facilitator services. The process is simple, you are pre-assessed in your home town London, Miami, Berlin etc and then appointments and treatments are arranged at your destination. Depending on the service you might be collected at the airport and a hotel might well be arranged for you. In that regard my own experiences were less than VIP but they were super friendly.

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                                                                    Dental destinations such as Hungary, Poland, Mexico and Thailand are full of dental clinics offering implant surgery. With UK prices for an implant ranging to £2500 the budget option of £500 in Budapest makes tempting reading and an ‘All-on-4 ‘ full arch bridge at £6000 looks a real bargain. You must, of course, factor in the airfares and accommodation. Fortunately it was cheap and easy to travel to Budapest with Wizzair who have daily flights at low prices (£35 one-way) and for follow up dentistry I flew in and out on the same day. The dentist even had her dental laboratory on standby for fixing a loose screw.

                                                                    For other destinations costs may vary enormously and if you want to combine exotic tourism you will make your calculations accordingly. If you are based in the USA then Mexico is going to feature strongly on your travel plans whilst if you are in Indonesia then Thailand might hit the spot for you.

                                                                    The things you must consider though, with cosmetic dentistry tourism is that implant work is done in 2 stages. Firstly your teeth are removed and implants are fixed into the jaw. Dental implants are made of titanium or titanium alloys. When they are placed in the jawbone, the bone will grow around the implants and bond with them as if they were bone. This process is called osseointegration and allows the implant to function like a natural tooth root. Your implantologist will then place an abutment which will eventually connect to the crown or bridge. Depending on personal aesthetic issue the dentist will create an attachment (like a false tooth/teeth on a plate to hide the empty areas. If the implant area is not visible in the back of the mouth this would be an optional extra. If the implants have been done in the ‘shop window’ at the front of the mouth this is an essential extra to factor in. If you are having whole arch bridges (smile in a day services) then the temporary teeth will be vital and already costed in.

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                                                                    Adult Asian man checking white teeth in mirror reflection while sitting in dental chair in office

                                                                    After a period of four or five months the implant will heal and hopefully all the titanium implants will have ‘ossified’ into your jaw and be just like normal roots ready to receive crowns or bridges. You would then schedule a fresh trip for the fitting. This can be more or less a pleasant experience depending on your own pain sensitivity and the skill of the dentist. Personally I have a very good pain tolerance but there is a lot of ‘banging’ and ‘screwing’ that goes on in all stages of the implant cycle. Don’t be unnecessarily brave and ask for a strong dose of anaesthetic.
                                                                    This brings me to a very important aspect of cosmetic dentistry tourism, certainly in Budapest. The dentist and their team will speak in Hungarian which is incomprehensible to foreigners. It can be very discomforting to be lying in a chair for hours at a time and not understanding what they are saying to each other. Are they discussing potential problems in your mouth or are they discussing last night’s football match? I assume the same would be the case in Poland or Thailand or wherever you go for cosmetic dentistry. Of course, the dentist will speak to you, directly, in English but most of the time they will be talking and issuing instructions to their team in the local lingo. This doesn’t matter when you are having other cosmetic surgeries under general anaesthetic but it is worth bearing in mind for dental work where you are awake all the time. I think if I was going to point out any real downside with dental tourism it would be this language element. You must, of course, weigh this against the enormous cost savings and the fun of doing some tourism.

                                                                    There is another important point you should consider with cosmetic dentistry tourism.  Implant screws and fixtures vary a lot between manufacturers and countries. If the dentist uses an Israeli brand of implant and your local dental surgery always uses a German brand they will not have the tools to adjust any problems locally. So you might have to fly back if you get into serious technical problems at a later date. I needed to do this myself and had to fly to Budapest for the day to fix a problem that I couldn’t fix in the UK because of different tooling. Fortunately there are cheap frequent flights and the Hungarian surgery was very helpful and I could go home that same evening. The flight cost £80 return and the dentist made no charge at all so it was probably cheaper than fixing something at my local dentist who charges £100 to say ‘hello’.

                                                                    I came to this blog post with my own experience of implant work in the UK, Italy and Finland and I must say that the Hungarian dentist was as good as any and perhaps gentler than some. I have heard great things about dentists in Poland and Estonia and I am positive that they are really ‘ace’ in Thailand and Mexico. So, just bear in mind the few downsides I mentioned and get yourself a great smile at a good price.

                                                                    Cosmetic Surgery Tourism – Travel Thoughts With COVID-19

                                                                    Cosmetic Surgery Tourism Travel Thoughts With Covid 19

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                                                                    So, there you are at the airport, it is way less crowded than usual but you have a flight that has been planned and anticipated for 3 months.  No, it is not a business meeting or even a conventional tourist jaunt it is a very specific type of trip and you are a very specific type of passenger.  You are one of an increasing breed of  travellers who criss-cross the globe for cosmetic surgery tourism at hugely seductive prices.

                                                                    You have never been happy with the shape of your nose, it has been troubling you for as long as you can remember and now at 35 years of age you are going to get it fixed.  You could get it done in London, where you live but it will cost $15000  whilst in Thailand, where you are heading, it will only cost $3000.   You have researched the surgeon at the cosmetic surgery clinic and see that he qualified in rhinoplasty at a leading American University and has all the accreditations you might expect back home on London’s Harley St.  You have had several in-depth consultations on Skype and an associate of his in UK checked you for suitability.   You needed to be over 18, of course, and in general good health although these days the recovery time after a ‘nose job’ is quite short – normally a week to 10 days –

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                                                                    and then you can be out sightseeing some wonderful Buddhist temples and palaces after just a few days rest.

                                                                    So will the coronavirus force cosmetic surgery tourism patients to cut back on their life-changing adventures?   The answer is that nobody really knows for certain.  Countries like Thailand and South Korea are major cosmetic surgery destinations and many patients are from China as well as the States and Europe.   This is a large expanding business and many Asian economies welcome the hard cash that medical tourists bring to their towns.  Countries such as India have substantial foreign income from hair transplant clinics and this is unlikely to grind to a halt.  Seoul has districts like Gangnam which sprout new cosmetic clinics every month.  For operations such as eyelid surgery attract clients from all across the Asian continent.

                                                                    Whilst regular vacationers might possibly hold back or change their holiday destinations it is unlikely to stop cosmetic surgery tourism travellers who want to improve their look at an affordable price.

                                                                    Here are our suggested clinics in Thailand & South Korea.,

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                                                                    Chettawut Plastic Surgery Center, Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Chettawut Plastic Surgery Center, Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    This is a 'goto' clinic for Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS). Dr. Chettawut Tulayaphanich is regarded…

                                                                    Phuket International Aesthetic Centre (PIAC) Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Phuket International Aesthetic Centre (PIAC) Thailand

                                                                    This is a medical tourist's dream location on the fabulous island of Phuket and a…

                                                                    Sikarin Hospital Bangkok Thailand – Rhinoplasty Procedures.no-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Sikarin Hospital Bangkok Thailand – Rhinoplasty Procedures.

                                                                    SIKARIN was set up to provide a one-stop service for local and international patients looking…

                                                                    Interplast Clinic Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Interplast Clinic Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    Interplast Clinic is one of Bangkok’s premier centers for Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, and Cosmetic Surgery.…

                                                                    Preecha Aesthetic Institute (PAI Clinic) Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Preecha Aesthetic Institute (PAI Clinic) Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    This excellent clinic first established in 1977 and has been consistently the best and most…

                                                                    Asia Cosmetic Hospital Bangkok. Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Asia Cosmetic Hospital Bangkok. Thailand

                                                                    The Asia Cosmetic Hospital is located in Bangkok, Thailand, delivering quality cosmetic surgical procedures to…

                                                                    Masterpiece Hospital Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Masterpiece Hospital Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    Masterpiece is a major cosmetic surgery clinic in Bangkok, offering a complete range of surgical…

                                                                    Milada Cosmetic Surgery Hospital Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Milada Cosmetic Surgery Hospital Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    In the heart of Downtown Bangkok near Sathorn, Silom, Rama 4, Milada is a small…

                                                                    Maxi Clinic Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Maxi Clinic Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    This is one of the smaller, newer cosmetic surgery clinics in Bangkok. The clinic is…

                                                                    Yanhee Hospital Health & Beauty Bangkok  Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Yanhee Hospital Health & Beauty Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    Yanhee is a one-stop center, offering a vast range of medical and dental treatments and…

                                                                    Meko Clinic Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Meko Clinic Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    The Meko Clinic was founded in 1982 by Dr. Manat Chayawichitilpa. This is a very…

                                                                    Phibeauty Clinic Phuketno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Phibeauty Clinic Phuket

                                                                    Phibeauty Clinic Phuket is ready to make you look beautiful under our concept " Make…

                                                                    Bumrungrad International Hospital Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Bumrungrad International Hospital Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    Founded in 1980, Bumrungrad International Hospital has been a global pioneer in providing world-class healthcare…

                                                                    Nirunda Aesthetic Clinic Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Nirunda Aesthetic Clinic Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    Judging by the website presentation this is very much an aesthetic clinic with the emphasis…

                                                                    Proderma Clinic Bangkokno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Proderma Clinic Bangkok

                                                                    Proderma was founded by a board certified dermatologist and American board of laser surgery with…

                                                                    Bangpakok 9 International Hospital Bangkokno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Bangpakok 9 International Hospital Bangkok

                                                                    Bangpakok 9 International Hospital is one of the leading private hospitals in Thailand, and under…

                                                                    Kamol Hospitalno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Kamol Hospital

                                                                    Kamol Clinic in Bangkok is a top destination for transgender surgery They have worked with…

                                                                    Naravee Aesthetic Clinic Bangkok Thailandno-star no-star no-star no-star no-star Naravee Aesthetic Clinic Bangkok Thailand

                                                                    At Naravee Aesthetic Clinic in Bangkok, Thailand, they provide a complete range of services to…

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