The Esthetic Clinic is amongst India's best / top plastic / Cosmetic surgery & dermatology (skin care) centers. Currently located at Mumbai, India, The Esthetic Clinic is a world class center dedicated to plastic surgery & skin care of the entire body. We practice evidence-based medicine & perform cosmetic surgery for beauty, plastic surgery for birth abnormalities, plastic surgery for fractures, trauma & cancer induced facial deformities, provide laser skin surgery & many cosmetic solutions for skin cosmesis, as well as provide therapy for many skin diseases. The Esthetic Clinic has India's best cosmetic surgeon Dr. Debraj Shome and India's best cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Rinky Kapoor amongst its doctors.
When you are choosing a potential location outside your home country for aesthetic surgery (medical tourism), the first steps are to decide which country you would be happy to travel to for your surgery. Most likely, cost for your procedure will be a factor and you would be delighted to know that costs in India for cosmetic surgery & laser procedures are amongst the lowest in the world & can be as much as 75% lesser than in your home country. Once you have decided on a particular country, please choose your doctors on the basis of their professional achievements, clinical training and research publications and the center on the basis of its equipment and clinical technology.
Going through the following questions may assist your choice:
The answer varies by the procedure involved but by and large, it is safe to assume that given appropriate due diligence, centers in India, Brazil and Thailand perform surgery as good as anywhere in the US and sometimes even better than in parts of the US. One of the reasons is that surgery has a steep learning curve. Given the population that these centers and countries cater to, most of the best plastic surgeons & dermatologist/ skin laser experts in India may gain more experience per year of practice as compared to surgeons in the US or Europe.
India is definitely a great choice because there are plastic surgeons and clinics exclusively for overseas patients. Most hospitals hire American and European board certified surgeons. So, you get the best plastic surgery care, at very cheap rates. There are clinics in other countries that are starting to offer plastic surgery packages. Brazil, Thailand, Eastern European countries, and Mexico all offer less expensive choices.
Like you would research to pick any other doctor for treating you, the same needs to be done when picking a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. It is important that the plastic surgeon is competent and also has proper backup systems in place so that if something goes wrong you are in good hands - It is surgery, after all.
So before you decide to undergo plastic surgery, you have to make sure that the surgeon is not only qualified to perform surgery but also has a clean record. While most surgeries are uneventful, do not forget that when a surgery turns into a complication, it can not only cause permanent damage to your body, it could also be fatal. If the doctor/clinic/hospital do not have the right systems in place, you will be helpless.
Most plastic surgeons in today's day and age should be specializing in a few procedures. Be wary of the plastic surgeon who claims to do it all. That is because any procedure or plastic surgery deserves the best hands - Hands which routinely perform the surgery you desire.
The most important parameter undoubtedly is your plastic surgeon and dermatologists' training in their related fields. It is important to find out what procedures your doctor specializes in, how many he or she has performed and how recently. Though often overlooked, it is important to find out whether the surgery/correction you are considering forms a significant chunk of your surgeon's practice. For example, the results of a Rhinoplasty would be best in the hands of someone who specializes in them, rather than a 'general' plastic surgeon who spends most of the time in tummy liposuctions. It is important to look 'through' the illusive term 'plastic surgeon', and assess the actual areas of expertise.
How well is your surgeon known among his peers in his specialty is one more parameter that defines an excellent surgeon. Almost always, peer reviewed publications in internationally reputed medical journals is a good way to assess how respected your surgeon is among his peers. This can be done easily by typing his/her name in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed, the largest worldwide collection of medical literature and journals.
Finally, you do not have to restrict yourselves to consulting just one physician. Do feel free to consult more than one doctor if you wish to.
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Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.