traveling to las vegas for cosmetic surgery

Deciding to improve your looks with cosmetic surgery is a life-altering moment. It’s the moment when you decide to stop dreaming and start doing. It’s the moment when you turn your attention from everyone else’s needs to your own. And it’s the moment when you have to make a series of other important decisions about what procedures to get, which surgeon to choose, and where to have your surgery.

While it may seem convenient to have your plastic surgery close to home, finding the most qualified and gifted surgeon is the most important step of your rejuvenation or rehabilitation. Just as the finest couture may come off a runway in Paris or Milan — not the dress shop downtown — so might you need to travel to be sure you’re receiving top-level and artistic plastic surgery.

Ideally, you want a plastic surgeon who not only has the highest level skills possible, but one who also gives you results that are aesthetically harmonious with your facial and body type. In short, you need to find a surgeon who’s also an artist.

Dr. Julio Garcia is an expert Las Vegas surgeon who trained as an artist and even has a degree in art history. He’s used this unique combination of skills to improve the looks of men and women from all around the globe. Patients from across the U.S. — including Alaska — and from as far away as Israel, Italy, and Great Britain have come to Las Vegas to have their plastic surgeries performed by Dr. Garcia.

Take a Rejuvenation Vacation

traveling to las vegas for cosmetic surgery

Whether you’re choosing to balance your face with rhinoplasty, remove excess fat with liposuction, or have a full-body Mommy Makeover (breast lift and augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck), your surgery requires an adequate recovery period to guarantee beautiful results. While it’s possible to enlist family members and friends to help you out at home, the responsibilities of childcare, household chores, and work still loom. Many plastic surgery patients choose to turn their plastic-surgery recovery period into a rejuvenation vacation — away from home and all of its distractions.

When you choose to do your plastic surgery out of town, state, or country, be sure to get recommendations about where to stay before and after your procedures. Dr. Garcia’s staff can help you make travel arrangements for your initial consultation, your pre-procedure stay, and your post-procedure rehabilitation.

Depending on which procedure you’re having done, your rejuvenation vacation could last anywhere from a few days (liposuction) to two weeks or more (facelift, tummy tuck). The most crucial period of your recovery is the first 24 to 72 hours after your surgery. You may need to spend a night or two in the hospital with 24/7 medical attendance. After this time, Dr. Garcia’s staff can help you arrange for a private nurse to attend you in a surgical recovery center, if necessary.

Choose Spa-Like or Homey Accommodations

Once you’re safely on the road to recovery (but still want to stay off-road!), a luxury hotel can be a wonderful way to treat yourself as your face or body continues to heal. Look for clean, modern suites with round-the-clock room service so that you can stay hydrated and nourished, no matter what the hour.

Another possibility — especially if your loved ones have accompanied you — is to rent a house, condo, or apartment. Instead of room service, you can order in from local Las Vegas restaurants, and hire a cleaning service to keep the rooms tidy.

Staying close to your plastic surgeon in the days to weeks after your procedures means that you have expert advice just minutes away. You can reach Dr. Garcia and his staff by phone or arrange an in-person consultation if necessary. You’ll also easily make your follow-up appointments in the next days to weeks since you’ll be just a short cab-ride away.

Pampering Is a Necessity

traveling to las vegas for cosmetic surgery

Some plastic surgery procedures, such as liposuction, benefit from gentle post-surgical massages. Your hotel may offer the right types of massages that can aid your recovery, or you can arrange for a private masseuse who’s skilled in lymphatic massage and other types of therapeutic manipulation. Be sure that Dr. Garcia has OK’d massage in your case.

You may be sore and bruised after your procedure. Be sure to wear any compression bandages or garments that Dr. Garcia has recommended. You or your nurse can apply ice packs to control swelling when necessary. You should be able to manage pain with over-the-counter medication. If you’re uncomfortable, Dr. Garcia can give you prescription medicine instead.

Add in Gentle Activities

Another advantage to using a spa-like hotel for your recovery is that hotels tend to offer a variety of activities that can keep you engaged without stressing your body as it recovers strength. Based on Dr. Garcia’s recommendations, short walks — whether in your room, down the hall, or in a beautifully landscaped courtyard — keep your circulation strong and prevent complications such as deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and pneumonia.

Las Vegas weather makes poolside recovery especially attractive. Gently wading, splashing, and swimming in the pool can help you gradually add in more activities, as advised by Dr. Garcia. He’ll make sure your incisions are fully healed before allowing in-water exercise.

Avoid Traveling Until You’re Healed

traveling to las vegas for cosmetic surgery

Flying, particularly for long distances, can stress even healthy bodies. After surgery you’re especially prone to complications from being at high altitudes, such as DVT, because your legs don’t get much of a chance to move and your circulation slows down. Don’t schedule your flight until you’ve talked to Dr. Garcia about how long he recommends before flying home.

Don’t Be Tempted By “Bargains”

When you’re making your final decisions about which surgeon to choose and where you travel for surgery, you may be tempted to bargain-hunt outside the United States. Although many countries have an excellent healthcare system and qualified surgeons, “bargains” can be costly. Excellence is always worth the price, especially where your health and even your life are concerned. Choose the best surgeon, the safest surgeon, and only have procedures done in a place where you can be assured of top-quality post-surgical care.

Plan Ahead

If you’re traveling to las vegas for cosmetic surgery, be sure to contact Dr. Garcia’s helpful staff for recommendations about where to stay and how long a recovery period you’ll need. They can help you find everything from a private surgical recovery center, to hotel accommodations, to flights. They can even recommend some of the top restaurants in Las Vegas. And if you decide to turn your recovery into an extended vacation, be sure to ask them about how to take advantage of the casinos and clubs on and off the Strip.


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