Dr. Alexandre Charão – Over 20 Years of Experience
Searching for a plastic surgeon, especially one based in foreign country, may seem like an overwhelming task. As you are looking for the right doctor to work with, you should keep in mind the following guidelines for determining their level of quality, skill, talent, dedication, and professionalism. With over 20 years of experience, which includes medical training and experience in over 15 countries, Dr. Alexandre Charão is accredited by the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. He is ready to help you achieve your goals.
Determining Cost – Save 50-70% By Traveling to Brazil
Most plastic surgery procedures involve three costs:
- Hospital facility
- Medical staff
- Type of implants/prosthesis
There may also be other expenses for additional facilities and staff. Although some doctors do not provide a full breakdown of costs, Dr. Alexandre Charão is very transparent with how he bills his patients. There are never any surprises. Additionally, to reduce costs, he has formed strategic partnerships with specialized, state-of-the-art facilities, like One Day Clinic. Aside from being substantially less expensive than a traditional hospital, this facility only receives plastic surgery patients. Since no one is being treated for illness, there is a significantly reduced risk for disease and infections.
Since working with Dr. Alexandre Charão more than likely means you will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro from another country, there are some other cost factors you should keep in mind. Depending on which procedure you choose, you may have to stay in Rio de Janeiro for at least 16 days. Some countries like the United States require an additional visa to travel to Brazil. Also, flights and currency rates continually fluctuate. However, even with all of these costs combined with the procedure, most patients can save 50-70% by traveling to Brazil.
The most important step you can make for determining if Dr. Alexandre Charão (or any other plastic surgeon) is right for you, is to speak with the doctor face-to-face. During this meeting, you can ask Dr. Alexandre Charão as many questions as you need to feel comfortable. He is there for you, and will spend time to make sure you understand what to expect from any procedure. Also, during this time, you will be shown before and after photos from other patients. At the end of the appointment, you should feel confident and ready to begin surgery. Do not hesitate to address any concerns you may have. It is always better to ask as much as possible. Dr. Alexandre Charão is interested in building a good professional relationship with you.
Your Surgeon’s Staff
Most procedures require a full medical staff, which includes a surgeon, anesthesiologist, assistant surgeon, and technician. You should know the details of your surgeon’s medical team. Dr. Alexandre Charão’s anesthesiologist is Dr. Cristiane Leal, CRM 52.812714. Her extensive experience includes the Ivo Pitanguy Institute of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Alexandre Charão’s assistant is Dr. Esther Barrios, CRM 52.824909. She is currently a professor at the Ivo Pitanguy Institute of Plastic Surgery and also performs thousands of surgeries at the Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
Clean Surgical Environment
Small facilities with a specialized staff, like the One Day Clinic, are highly recommended for plastic surgery procedures. These operations require specific handling and care instructions. It is much safer to receive care from professionals who routinely perform the same procedures. This allows the surgeons to develop more knowledge and experience, helping them avoid any complications. Since large hospitals treat everyone (including sick patients), there is a higher risk for disease, infection, and cross contamination. Also, since large hospitals need to care for more patients, medical staff response time is much slower.
The key to a speedy recovery is rest, self-care, and multiple follow-up appointments. Here are some questions you can ask during the initial consultation to help you prepare for recovery:
- When does the recovery process start?
- Who will I meet with during the follow-up appointments?
- How much are follow-up appointments? With Dr. Alexandre Charão, follow-up appointments are usually covered in the overall cost.
- Will I need to wear a drain, brace, or compression garments? If so, how long?
- Are additional medical professionals needed for my recovery?
Your Initial Consultation
As you are researching plastic surgery procedures, it is important for you to define your expectations. During your initial consultation, you can discuss various options which will work for your goals and current situation. To help Dr. Alexandre Charão understand your needs, you should send him photos of your areas of concern.