I often am told by patients that friends of theirs are either considering going elsewhere or have, in fact, traveled many hours for cosmetic procedures that are routinely performed here. Like anything else in life, costs, risks and benefits must be considered. Extensive personal knowledge and confidence in the surgeon you are traveling to see may be compelling reasons to do so. Remember, though, if things do not go as planned or turn out as expected, it will be much more difficult to make the multiple subsequent trips, back and forth, to rectify the situation. Also, if an emergent condition occurs and the travel time to your surgeon would endanger you, who is going to take care of you? The surgeons you passed by when electing to leave town?
My advice is to thoroughly research what you want done and whether that service is reliably available near your home. If not, then travel is justified. Otherwise, it may make more sense to use your local surgeon. I know that confidentiality can also be an issue, particularly if a hospital or outpatient surgery center is used. For this reason I maintain my own fully certified, regularly inspected, private operating room.
– Dr. Enrique Silberblatt