A new kind of tourism is growing by double digits across the globe, making its way to Malaysia, Mexico, Turkey and Brazil among others. It isn’t making cruise ships, museums or restaurants any busier, but surgeons are booked more than ever. “Medical tourism,” which is currently growing an estimated 15 percent or more a year, is sweeping the globe as aging affluent populations pair rest and relaxation time with nip and tuck procedures. Well-heeled traveling patients don’t want to sacrifice luxury simply due to surgery nor do discerning ones want to risk their health and beauty on subpar surgeons.
Dr. Paul Chasan, MD, FACS of Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery knows this firsthand. His practice, based in beachside Del Mar, California, is increasingly seeing both local and international patients seeking an upscale experience along with masterful results. "Above all else, the results they experience is the primary reason we have patients traveling from around the world to Ranch & Coast," said Dr. Chasan. "But when we can provide exceptional results and physical transformation combined with a level of care that simply is not available in a clinical, hospital setting, the experience becomes more private, more catered to the patients’ needs and ultimately more enjoyable."
Dr. Chasan’s proprietary techniques, along with his crafted luxurious “plastic surgery vacations,” continue to be featured on the Discovery Channel, E!, The Today Show, and Extra. The experience starts with a dedicated nurse from pre- to post-op and discharge, which allows for a higher level of personalized care. Patients also recover at the company’s partner hotel L’Auberge Del Mar. The property is a beachside luxury retreat located just across the street from the surgery center. All post-op care takes place in the comfort of an oceanfront resort with staff that can fetch poolside martinis, blankets for beach sunsets, or organic smoothies for yoga on the lawn.
I haven’t had any surgery to date, but I did visit Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery to scope it out. The building itself is a stunning architectural icon along Del Mar’s main avenue. Inside, the center radiates a modern smartness that feels less drab medical clinic and more upscale, creative office. A bronze statue of a women’s slim back is featured in the lobby, and warm hues splash the walls and hallways. I noticed the well-placed sconces along the polished wood flooring hallways, thinking, “He even pays attention to the lighting on the way to the bathroom.”
This detail, choice location, and pampered experience continues to grow Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery’s practice. Eighty five percent of Dr. Chasan’s patients are referrals or repeat guests. Moreover, he’s completing more than 80 revision surgeries from botched international procedures a year. “I simply let the results speak for themselves and continue to offer this unmatched, luxury experience,” Dr. Chasan added. Beachside bliss and beautiful cosmetic surgery? I can sign up for that.