Faq medical tourism2023-02-18T19:04:15+00:00

FAQ

How long do I stay in Colombia?2023-03-07T13:26:42+00:00

It depends on the procedure and the Doctor’s recommendations. But on average, you can expect the following:

8 Nights- Cosmetic Cosmetic Procedures

  • Hair Transplants

  • Otoplasty

  • Bichectomy

  • Blepharoplasty

  • Submental Liposuction (Chin Lipo)

  • Mentoplasty (chin implant)

  • Testicular implant

  • Mons Pubis Liposuction

  • Thyroplasty (Adam’s apple shaving)

  • G-Spot Enlargement

10 Nights- Cosmetic Cosmetic Procedures

  • Breast Augmentation/Reduction

  • Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

  • Thighplasty (Thigh Lift)

  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

  • Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw)

  • Penis Reconstruction

  • Penis Enlargement

  • Labiaplasty

  • Voice feminization/ masculinization

  • Mastectomy- (Breast Removal)

  • Pectoral Implants

  • Calfplasty ( Calf Implants)

12 Nights- Bariatric Procedures

  • Gastric Sleeve

  • Gastric Bypass

14 Nights- Cosmetic Cosmetic Procedures​

  • Liposculpture 360

  • Liposculpture 360 & Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

  • Liposculpture 360 & Gluteoplasty (BBL)

  • Liposculpture 360, BBL & Tummy Tuck

  • Liposculpture 360, BBL, Breast Enhancement & Tummy Tuck

17 Nights- Gender Affirmation Procedures

  • Gender Affirming- Vaginoplasty (male to female)

  • Gender Affirming – Phalloplasty (female to male)

5 Nights-  Dental Procedures

  • Veneers Resin (20 teeth)

  • Veneers Porcelain (20 teeth)

  • Clear Aligners

8 Nights-  Dental Procedures

  • All Dental Implant Procedures
What is Medical Tourism?2023-02-18T13:54:05+00:00

Medical tourism, also known as medical travel or health tourism, refers to the practice of traveling to another country for medical treatment. The concept of medical tourism has been around for centuries but has seen significant growth in recent years due to advancements in technology, increased globalization, and rising healthcare costs in many developed countries. The rising need for medical care has generated a new industry of treatment options, Medical Tourism! Medical tourism is a term utilized to describe people who travel to another country specifically to get medical care. Colombia has been rated one of the top countries to get the best Medical Procedures done.

The history of medical tourism can be traced back to ancient times when people traveled to places like Greece and Egypt to seek medical treatment from renowned healers and physicians. However, it wasn’t until the 20th century that medical tourism began to take on its modern form.

In the 1950s and 60s, Western Europeans and North Americans began traveling to developing countries, such as Mexico and Thailand, for dental and cosmetic surgery at a fraction of the cost of procedures in their home countries.

As technology and medical capabilities have advanced, so has the range of treatments available to medical tourists. Today, people travel worldwide for various medical procedures, including organ transplants, cancer treatment, and stem cell therapy.

In recent years, medical tourism has seen significant growth. According to Precedence Research (Strategic Market Insight Firm), the global medical tourism market size was estimated at USD 115.6 billion in 2022, and it is expected to reach around USD 286.1 billion by 2030, poised to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) 10.8% during the forecast period 2022 to 2030.

One of the main drivers of this growth is the rising cost of healthcare in many developed countries. In the United States, for example, the cost of healthcare is significantly higher than in many other countries, and this has led many Americans to seek medical treatment abroad.

Another driver of medical tourism growth is the increased availability of information and resources for patients looking to travel for medical treatment. Websites and social media platforms have made it easier for patients to research and compare different medical travel options, as well as connect with other patients who have undergone similar procedures.

Despite its growth, medical tourism is not without its challenges. One primary concern is the lack of regulation and oversight in many countries, which can lead to issues with the quality of care and patient safety. Additionally, there can be language barriers and cultural differences that can make it difficult for patients to navigate the healthcare system in a foreign country.

Despite these challenges, the benefits of medical tourism are clear. For many patients, it offers access to high-quality medical care at a fraction of the cost of treatment in their home countries. Additionally, it can give patients access to treatments that may not be available in their home countries.

In conclusion, medical tourism has a long history but has seen significant growth in recent years due to the rising cost of healthcare in many developed countries, as well as advancements in technology and increased globalization. While there are challenges to be addressed, the benefits of medical tourism are clear, and the industry is expected to grow in the coming years.

Is the language barrier a problem in Colombia?2023-02-18T13:50:35+00:00

English is widely spoken in Colombia, especially in tourist areas and medical facilities. This means that you should be fine communicating with medical professionals and other staff during your stay. Additionally, many medical facilities offer translation services to ensure that you understand all the information related to your medical treatment. My Body by Designs provides a bilingual Experience Expert to accompany you at all times.

Are the medical professionals in Colombia qualified and experienced?2023-02-18T13:48:29+00:00

Yes, the medical professionals in Colombia are highly qualified and experienced. Many of the doctors in Colombia have received training and education from some of the best medical schools in the world. Additionally, the medical professionals in Colombia are knowledgeable about the latest medical technologies and techniques, ensuring that you receive the best possible care.

Are the medical facilities in Colombia safe and hygienic?2023-02-18T13:47:15+00:00

Yes, the medical facilities in Colombia are safe and hygienic. The country has strict regulations in place to ensure that medical facilities maintain high standards of hygiene and safety. Additionally, many of the medical facilities in Colombia are accredited by international organizations such as the Joint Commission International (JCI).

Why should I consider medical tourism in Colombia?2023-02-18T13:43:30+00:00

Colombia offers excellent healthcare services with state-of-the-art facilities and highly trained medical professionals. Additionally, medical procedures in Colombia are much more affordable compared to other countries, making it an attractive option for those seeking affordable medical treatment abroad.

I don’t know anything about Colombia. Will I be safe?2023-02-10T08:26:27+00:00

Bogota is actually one of South America’s safest urban areas, with a violent crime rate lower than Indianapolis. It has dozens of distinct neighborhoods full of music, food, dance, and art. It’s also one of the world’s best places to drink coffee. You can learn more about Colombia here.

What Apps should I download before my trip?2023-01-30T14:17:43+00:00
  • Whatapp: A communication app that allows you to message, call, and video call internationally. You will communicate with your Journey Coach through Whatsapp. You should have your loved ones in your home country download it, too, so you can call them from Colombia at no cost. Learn more about WhatsApp here 

  • Currency Conversion: You should download any currency conversion app, to help you understand the Colombian Peso conversion to your home country’s currency.

  • Banking App: Download your bank’s app in case you need to communicate with your bank. Please ensure to let your bank know about your travel arrangements. If you don’t, they might block your card if you use it in Colombia without letting them know. You will need a credit card for incidentals when you check in at the hotel.

  • Uber or Cabify App: You can use Uber in Colombia; it works the same way in the U.S.! However, it would be best if you sat in the front seat due to transit regulations. Cabify is an app that allows you to schedule cars and taxis. You can learn more about Cabify here.

  • Rappi: A delivery app that allows you to order food and items from nearby restaurants and supermarkets from your phone! You can learn more about Rappi here.

  • Google Translate – Best translating tool

How Can I Communicate with My Loved Ones?2023-01-30T14:17:04+00:00

Make sure to check with your cellphone provider about international service fees. However, the Hotel and medical facilities have Wi-Fi for you to use. You can also ask your cellphone provider to unlock your phone; you can buy a pre-paid sim card in Colombia to get internet access.

How is the weather in Bogota?2023-01-30T14:16:32+00:00

The climate in Bogotá is cool and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 44°F to 66°F and is rarely below 37°F or above 70°F. So, mostly Fall weather with a hint of spring! Bring sweaters, a jacket, and comfortable clothes! If you are getting a cosmetic or bariatric procedure, don’t bring jeans or tight clothes! Also, make sure to take a Tylenol as soon as you land to help you adjust to the altitude.

What is the food like?2023-01-30T14:16:01+00:00

Typical Latin American cuisine (rice, beans, salad, seafood, pork, red meat, chicken) with a variety of fruits and vegetables. There are plenty of restaurants to try, or you can always eat at the hotel or get delivery! You get three daily meals included in your package!

Does Smiley & My Body by Design offer any Insurance?2023-01-30T13:19:54+00:00

Yes, we provide you with Medical Treatment Insurance. The Insurance is part of your Cosmetic & Bariatric packages and is not optional. It covers all Medical expenses, hospitalization, and emergency needs you might need as a consequence of complications from a medical procedure.

Should I get Travel Insurance?2023-01-30T13:19:05+00:00

That is up to you! Travel insurance is coverage designed to protect against risks and financial losses that could happen while traveling. The risks range from minor inconveniences, such as missed airline connections and delayed luggage, to more severe issues, including injuries. You can learn more here

What Travel Documents will I Need?2023-01-30T13:18:26+00:00

It depends on your country of origin and/or citizenship status. Travelers from 102 countries and territories, including the USA, Canada, the U.K., New Zealand, Australia, and most European countries, can enter Colombia visa-free as tourists. You will need a valid passport, a Negative Covid test or proof of vaccination, and a Visa (depending on where you are from). Colombian Migration Document, you get it 24 hrs before your flight. You can learn more about the travel requirements for Colombia here.

How can I register with the U.S. Embassy?2023-01-30T13:17:43+00:00

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll in their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the world!

  • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
  • Register here.
Can I bring a companion to my Medical Tourism Experience?2023-01-30T13:13:29+00:00

Yes! The Hotel has double occupancy; included in your package! We encourage you to bring someone with you to provide you with the extra support you will need. Your guest will get free Breakfast!

What is not included in the Packages?2023-01-30T13:11:09+00:00

Airfare is not included! We recommend booking your trip with an airline that offers direct flights. Delta and American Airlines offer direct flights out of most US cities.

Why should I get X-Rays done for a dental procedure in my home country?2023-01-30T13:08:43+00:00

We recommend getting X-Rays if you are getting a dental procedure (not applicable for veneers) so that we can give you the most accurate quote. However, you will have a virtual consultation with the dentist to get an evaluation of your dental needs. An X-Ray would be helpful to get the dentist a better understanding of your dental needs. You will get an X-Ray and all pre-procedure tests before your procedure in Colombia; these are included in your package.

Why should I get labs done in my home country?2023-01-30T13:06:21+00:00

Your safety and providing you with the best experience are our priorities. We recommend getting lab work done at least two weeks before your trip to ensure you are medically cleared to get the procedure done. If your tests show that you might present complications, we would need to know before your arrival to avoid wasting your time and money.

Unfortunately, those tests in your home country are not included in your package. However, these lab tests will be repeated in Colombia the day before your surgery, and those are included in your package.

What should I tell my Doctor in my Home Country?2023-01-30T13:02:01+00:00

When you first tell your Doctor about scheduling a medical trip abroad, the initial reaction of your Doctor may be quick support, but, in some cases, it may be mistrust. However, you can provide them with information about the Doctor and the facilities you will receive during your initial coaching session. Twenty-five percent of the doctors in the USA are from overseas, so U.S. doctors know the quality of international medical care.

Can I have more than one medical procedure at the same time?2023-01-30T12:56:49+00:00

Yes, it may be possible. However, this will depend on the Doctor’s examination of your health. If the Doctor finds it appropriate, we can look into scheduling multiple procedures.

Do the Doctors and Medical team speak English?2023-01-30T12:54:11+00:00

Yes, in most cases, the doctors speak some English. However, your bilingual Spanish/English expert will be with you to bridge communication gaps.

Whom will I be communicating with during my trip?2023-01-30T12:52:28+00:00

Each client is assigned a Virtual and In-person expert who will take care of all details relating to your trip; they are your main point of contact. They will ensure you have the best experience and a successful return home. You can learn more about the medical tourism experience here.

What about the Quality of the Medical Procedures?2023-01-30T12:49:51+00:00

Most doctors have studied or worked in the USA or a developed European country. In addition, all of our partners are board certified by their home countries, and their credentials are public and validated by the medical boards. You can learn more about the medical professionals & facilities here.

How much do I Save with Medical Tourism?2023-01-30T12:38:49+00:00

Costs are often 30-50% less than in the United States and Europe, saving patients thousands of dollars on cosmetic, dental, and medical procedures while providing all the safety and quality they would receive in top U.S. and European centers. The difference in cost is due to labor and insurance prices and not a quality deficiency. Many healthcare costs in the U.S. are due to administrative (labor cost) and insurance prices. In addition, My Body by Design offers a complete medical tourism experience with comprehensive care packages, a four-star hotel, transportation, post-op care, and a dedicated bilingual expert to provide exquisite service.

Why should I choose Smiley Aesthetics & My Body by Design?2023-01-30T12:17:25+00:00

We ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience at every step of your experience by providing you with clear information, beautiful facilities, friendly staff, and top-quality medical providers.

My Body by Design is a U.S. company based in Georgia. Therefore, we are legally operating under U.S. laws and regulations. You can learn more about us here.

Does Smiley Aesthetics or My Body by Design Provide Healthcare Advice?2023-01-30T12:15:13+00:00

We are not medical professionals, doctors, dentists, surgeons, or specialists. We are Medical Tourism Agency; we are medical tourism facilitators. We act as the bridge between our clients and partners, providing everyone with a caring and safe experience. We provide you with Lodging, Transportation, English Interpreter & after-procedure needs.

Is Medical Tourism Safe?2023-01-30T12:12:34+00:00

Any medical surgery or procedure entails some risk, no matter where it’s carried out. To reduce this risk, we work hard to research & provide our clients with high-quality professionals and facilities. We ensure the following:

  • All Medical and Hospitality Partners follow the industry’s best practices and quality standards.
  • Excellent infrastructure at the Hotel & Clinic (clean A/C rooms, T.V., Internet, Food)
  • All Medical Professionals are Licensed to practice in their home country.
  • Track record of quality service and personal attention from all Medical and Hospitality Partners
  • You can review case studies here.

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