Fly In for Surgery
Flying to Chicago for Plastic Surgery
There’s a growing trend in plastic surgery. It’s not a new anti-aging device or a new procedure, as you might think. The trend is this: more and more people are traveling from their hometowns to seek treatment from the country’s premier plastic surgery specialists. It makes perfect sense. By flying to a center of excellence in a major city, you receive state-of-the-art care and expert treatment, while recuperating quietly and anonymously away from home.
Drs. Epstein and Gutowski have performed plastic surgery in Chicago for patients from across the United States, and even from other countries. Patients from all over the world have come to Chicago for Dr. Epstein and Dr. Gutowski’s expertise and their team’s commitment to unsurpassed care.
What’s the “Fly-in” Process
Our staff can assist you with your travel plans from start to finish. They can help you set up your itinerary and suggest local accommodations. Most patients book their stay for a week in the case of smaller procedures, and usually ten days for longer procedures.
We recommend that you arrive at least 48 hours before your scheduled procedure to meet with the surgeons, complete paperwork and get situated in your new surroundings. Prior to your visit, we will work with you to ensure that any medical tests required can be accomplished through your local primary care doctor or local medical facilities.
We encourage you to travel with a friend or family member who can help take care of you after surgery and provide support while you heal; however, should that not be possible, we have caring staff members who will help you through every step of the process. There are several local hotels with kitchenettes that are very convenient for our patients.
On your first day after surgery, you will likely feel somewhat tired and groggy, so plan on getting plenty of rest. On that day, you will also see Dr. Epstein or Dr. Gutowski. By the third and fourth day, you should feel more rested and somewhat more energetic, and we have a host of local attractions should you be interested in venturing forth. Typically, a week after surgery you will meet with Dr. Epstein or Dr. Gutowski for another follow-up appointment.
Where Can I Stay During my Trip?
The doctors and their staff make it easy to travel to Chicago for plastic surgery. The office is located in a suburb of Chicago called Northbrook.
There are many local hotels with which we have a relationship. Please contact our office for an updated list of Chicago and North Shore based hotels, dining, and the many comforts we encourage during your immediate recovery.
If you’d like your own personal chef to provide gourmet, customized meals for you during your stay, contact our office for arrangements with our recommended award-winning Chicago private chefs.
How do you Perform a Consultation for Fly-in Patients?
Dr. Epstein and Dr. Gutowski encourage you to complete the virtual consultation form so they can get a sense of your goals and needs. The virtual consultation process can include a detailed medical history, photos of your current condition and a phone or e-mail discussion of your desired outcome. After this virtual consultation, you will have the information you need to prepare for surgery, but you will still need to meet with Dr. Epstein or Dr. Gutowski, usually two days before surgery, so they can examine you in person and go over the surgical details.
Distance does not need to be a barrier to an in-depth conversation, consultation and information exchange. Dr. Epstein and Dr. Gutowski are committed to providing as much information as you need, and the MAE team will answer all of your questions so that you will be well prepared for surgery.
What if Something Goes Wrong After Surgery?
The overwhelming majority of MAE’s Chicago plastic surgery patients have a great experience that is just what they expect, because the surgeons are as committed to safety as they are to making the entire process pleasant and gratifying. While in Chicago, you will have continuous access to Dr. Epstein, Dr. Gutowski and our team to handle any medical concerns and, once you return home, they can connect you with local medical resources should the need arise.
Flying in for an expert medical treatment is easier than ever. Most of our fly-in patients find that the option offers multiple benefits including:
- Enjoying the opportunity to see a new area
- Relaxing and recovering in privacy and anonymity, released from every day stresses and demands
- Taking advantage of the expertise of highly-trained plastic surgeons committed to beautiful, natural results