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“cosmetic Tourism” – Maybe Not a Good Idea

Plastic and cosmetic surgery have become an international phenomenon in recent years, and some of the more unique ways to market plastic surgery abroad is through cosmetic surgery tourism. This is where plastic surgeries such as breast augmentation, facelifts, and liposuction are packaged along with a tourist experience at vacation destinations. Some foreign practices tout that it is less expensive than surgery at home. While it may seem like a great idea to have breast augmentation and a tummy tuck, and then go on a safari or beach vacation, that’s not really how things work in real life. Plastic surgery, although elective in nearly all cases, is real surgery. Anesthesia is administered, incisions are made, medical devices may be implanted, drains may be placed, and sutures of some sort close the incisions. After surgery, whether inpatient or outpatient, the patient will go through a recovery period. Most of the time, even a few days post-op patients generally don’t feel like riding in a bumpy jeep, climbing ancient ruins, splashing in the beach-side surf, or especially enduring a long international flight home. More importantly, the patient needs to establish a solid working relationship with his/her surgeon, and that usually takes more than one office visit. Additionally, pre-operative tests must be run to make sure the patient is in good health. The above mentioned considerations are practical in nature, but the patient should also consider the possibility that his/her surgeon may not have sufficient training or as rigorous a licensure program as in the US. There may also be a language barrier with the surgeon and/or health care staff at the location. More importantly, if there are complications during surgery and urgent care is needed, would or could the patient have to be airlifted to the US, or get care on location? If care must be given on location, would health insurance cover the costs? Would an air ambulance be covered? The idea of going on vacation to relax, and be away from nosy friends and family to get plastic surgery sounds like a good idea, but think it through before committing. Why not be safe and have surgery by a locally renowned physician in your home town where your usually health care providers are? When all goes well, then go on vacation to show off that beautiful body!

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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