Medical tourism is a growing industry. And while there are many countries offering surgeries at lower costs than the United States, Mexico is one of the most popular. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Mexico ranks fifth worldwide for the most cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgery in Mexico is a great way to get high-quality work at an affordable price.
Here at the Riviera Institute for Plastic Surgery, our staff has been performing surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures for years. We’ve dedicated ourselves to giving international visitors a great medical tourism experience. With multiple certifications and accreditations, our doctors have what it takes to give you the results you want.
Benefits of Mexico Plastic Surgery Procedures
One of the most apparent benefits of plastic surgery in this country is the cost. In the United States, plastic surgery comes at a high price. Even if you have insurance, your policy is unlikely to cover any cosmetic procedures. You’re left to pay out of pocket, which could quickly drain your bank account.
The cost of plastic surgery in Cancun is much more affordable. You can get the same surgeries offered in the U.S. but at a much lower cost. For example, in the U.S., the average cost of breast augmentation is $5,000 to $10,000. Breast augmentations from our top-tier board certified surgeons at the Riviera Institute is from $3,725 to $ 4,495 and you can book a vacation package from $5 000 with a personal nurse. Experience a beautiful recovery at your suite on the beach.
Although the savings is a common reason for people to seek plastic surgery in other countries, there are other reasons. According to plastic surgery in Mexico statistics, there were 907,913 cosmetic procedures done in 2015. Some of those individuals selected Mexico as their country of choice for one or more of the following reasons:
1. Combine the Surgery with a Vacation
It’s no secret that Mexico is a vacation hotspot. Every year, tourists flock from the U.S. to Mexico for relaxing vacations. Now, those who need plastic surgery can also enjoy a vacation.
Before your surgery, you can explore the beaches of Mexico. You have a chance to relax and unwind, which could improve your mindset for the surgery. Why not combine a vacation with your goal of improving your outer self? Come back a new person, both inside and out.
Mexico is an exotic destination with many opportunities for tourists to enjoy themselves. For this reason, some people choose to combine travel with plastic surgery.
2. Get Excellent Care
In Mexico, you can find highly qualified plastic surgeons. With more than 1,550 accredited plastic surgeons in the country, Mexico has no shortage of accredited medical professionals.
Because there are so many doctors from which to choose, you can get a higher quality of care. If you take the time to research the doctors and their facilities, you can find the perfect fit. In fact, you can get treatment equivalent to the kind you would get in the United States and sometimes even better. You don’t need to sacrifice quality work at a lower cost wherever you are.
3. Proximity to the U.S.
There are many other countries with strong medical tourism industries. However, none are as close as Mexico. Depending on where you live, Mexico may only be a short flight away.
If you live in the northern states, the flight is still relatively short. And because Cancun is such a popular tourist destination, there is an abundance of flights. The cost tends to be lower than the cost of tickets to other cities.
Most of the other destinations for medical tourism are further than Mexico. For example, Brazil is a popular destination. But getting to Brazil is no easy feat and can be costly. Thailand is also far and the flights are cost-prohibitive, eating up any savings that you may realize in the surgery.
4. They are Likely to Speak English
In an effort to communicate with tourists, many Mexicans learn English. While you are visiting the country, you don’t need to worry much about miscommunication or not understanding your language. Mexicans talk with English-speaking Americans all of the time in Cancun.
Of course, you expect your doctor and the office staff to speak English. But you might not think of the time you spend outside of the medical facility. In other countries, you need to rely on interpreters or hand gestures to communicate. But in tourist-friendly Mexico, it’s unlikely that communication will be a problem. While there are some facilities that only speak Spanish, there are many more than have bilingual staff members who can communicate clearly with you.
The Expenses Associated with Medical Tourism
If you’re considering plastic surgery, you probably are wondering about the expense. The cost of plastic surgery in Mexico City and surrounding areas is not what you might expect. Rather, it’s quite affordable compared to the surgery in the United States.
Besides the cost of the surgery, there are a few other expenses you should consider. The procedure itself could start at about $1,500 and go up according to case complexity, the type of surgery, and the medical practice’s prices. The plastic surgery in Mexico statistics show that the costs vary significantly. This is because of some clinics don’t have proper safety protocols. Please be very careful when choosing a plan based on price alone.
Another cost associated with medical tourism is travel-related. You need to factor in the cost of your plane ticket. Most surgeries have a recovery period. Therefore, you may want to travel with a friend or family member. In addition to paying for your own ticket, you may need to cover the expense of your caregiver’s. At our facility, you can have a personal nurse for only $30 (USD) per shift.
You also need to pay for your lodging before and after your procedure. In Mexico, hotels tend to be more affordable than in the United States. If you do your research, you can find a budget-friendly hotel in a great area. Typically, people stay for about a week for medical tourism. However, some choose to extend the trip with more time for resting and relaxing. Other times, people want to stay longer to fully recover from the procedure. In those cases, we can include a stay at one of the area hotels that have special rates for our patients. You can choose to recover for a few days close to the hospital and then move to a suite in front of the beach. Find out more about this in our medical tourism quote form.
While in Mexico, you will need to get around town. This often means paying for a car service or taxi. As you calculate your possible expenses, be sure to include fees for transportation. If you will be staying for some time before or after your procedure, you should also include expenses for activities and restaurants. Think about the activities you might enjoy, and how much they will cost you. Additionally, include the cost for your caregiver to enjoy some of those experiences.
Finally, you should have some money set aside for unforeseen expenses. For instance, you might need some extra time for your recovery, medication, or maybe even a special dinner. You should consider all of the possibilities for other expenses. By preparing yourself for the worst, you can be ready to take on the financial aspect of your procedure.
Common Procedures Performed in Mexico
According to the plastic surgery in Mexico statistics, all of the following procedures are commonly performed in Mexico:
1. Breast Augmentation
Although this procedure goes by many names, breast augmentation is the proper medical term. With this procedure, patients can receive breast implants or have a fat transfer to their breasts. In either case, the procedure has the same goals. It aims to increase the size of the patient’s breasts.
People often travel to Mexico for this procedure to achieve an improved breast shape, get more symmetry, and restore breast mass after weight loss. The procedure makes breasts fuller and more pronounced. It also can make breasts more balanced. Patients usually experience a boost in self-esteem and self-image. We take a great deal of pride in helping women who have had mastectomies, breast injuries, or genetic factors that can be solved with surgery and providing the relief they need — not to mention a new attitude from improving their body and their personal image .
This procedure is one of the most well-known cosmetic procedures. During liposuction, a specialist uses a tool to break up the fat and suck it from an area of your body.
People often receive liposuction on problem areas, like the abdomen and thighs. Other common areas for the procedure include the back, calves, arms, chin, and buttocks.
There are several techniques for performing liposuction. For instance, you can reduce fat with a high definition laser. Get more information here.
3. Eyelid Surgery
When some people age, their eyelids start to change. This can cause vision trouble as well as low self-esteem. With eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, you can repair your loose or sagging eyelids.
A blepharoplasty procedure can treat all of the following problems:
- Eye folds that impair vision
- Fatty deposits
- Under-eye bags
- Droopy eyelids that show the whites of eyes
- Wrinkles on or near the lower eyelids
The surgery can be done on the upper or lower eyelids. However, some people have surgery performed on both. Typically, the surgery results in younger-looking eyes. It can also cause improved vision.
Many individuals are ineligible for this type of procedure. To learn more about your eligibility, you should consult with a plastic surgeon. Get an eyelid surgery from $1 500 USD. Schedule your appointment here.
Some people are unsatisfied with the natural shape of their nose. For some, the shape of their nose can be a genetic problem that obstructs breathing. Other individuals have injuries that radically change the shape of their noses. In either case, rhinoplasty can help.
This type of procedure occurs frequently in Mexico. During the procedure, the doctor reshapes your nose. This can give you the appearance you want, in addition to fixing any breathing problems caused by your nose shape.
The procedure can treat a variety of issues. For instance, it can make the nose size more proportional to the size of the face. It can remove bumps or depression from the nose profile. Or, it can make the width of the nose bridge or the size of the nostrils more aesthetically pleasing.
In some cases, the surgery is more about comfort than appearance. An individual with a deviated septum could have a rhinoplasty to improve their breathing. The surgery adjusts the structure of the nose, which allows air to flow more freely.
5. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Also known as a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty can serve multiple purposes. For some, the procedure removes extra skin and fat. But for others, the procedure fixes weak or separated abdominal muscles. This makes the stomach muscles look more firm and smooth.
Often, people turn to abdominoplasty after weight loss routines. They don’t get the appearance they want, so they go to Mexico for surgery to get a tighter abdomen. Although an exercise routine can help, it may not be enough to resolve the problem.
Other individuals turn to the surgery after developing an oddly-shaped abdomen. Specifically, aging can cause the abdomen to protrude. Pregnancy can cause loose or saggy stomach skin, as can significant weight loss. So, it’s an option to consider when you are planning to have more children.
6. Other Plastic Surgery Procedures
While the bulk of Mexicos thousands of annual plastic surgery procedures were covered under the previous five listings of the most popular types of operations, highly-trained surgeons offer dozens of other options, including pec implants, calf implants, buttocks implants, reductions, lifts, et cetera. As always, research whichever facility you choose to make sure that their surgeons have experience in the facilities you’re seeking.
What to Consider When Getting Plastic Surgery in Mexico
The cost of plastic surgery in Mexico makes it appealing to many. However, you shouldn’t make the price your primary concern. As you look at facilities and doctors, you should do significant research. Not all plastic surgeons have the same skills and qualifications. See our qualifications here.
If you want the best results from your procedure, you need to choose the right surgeon. Doing all of the following can help you make the right decision:
1. Read Reviews
Instead of basing your decision on money, consider the service and results of your chosen facility. While you can’t walk over and check it out for yourself, you can look at online reviews. By reading about the experience of others, you can learn what to expect.
Look for reviews on several different websites. Although client testimonials on the facility’s website can be helpful, you should find other sources for reviews. Consider what prior patients have to say about the doctor’s bedside manner and skills. If you come across any reviews that voice concerns about cleanliness or malpractice, be wary and do more research.
It’s likely that you will come across a bad review in your research. However, you shouldn’t base your decision on one review. Rather, look at many reviews and make a general opinion on the practice. If most people had excellent experiences but there was one complaint, you should put more trust in the good reviews. When you are at the medical consultation, trust yourself to know if you are with the right surgeon when you hear his advice and experience.
2. Research the Doctor’s Credentials
You can’t completely trust online reviews. However, you can trust credentials. Before scheduling surgery, look into the credentials of your doctor. Where did they attend medical school? What other certifications and qualifications do they have? How much experience do they have? See our doctors credentials here.
Typically, you can visit the website of your desired medical practice and find your doctor’s biography. If it’s not available, you can contact the facility and ask them about the doctor’s background. They should be more than willing to provide you with the information you need.
You probably don’t know much about medical schools and their reputations. Therefore, you may want to research your doctor’s school. Find out how their school compares to others.
3. Compare the Prices
The same procedure can greatly vary in cost by practice. To avoid overpaying, you should compare the prices of the cosmetic procedure. You should be sure to consider whether the price is in Mexican or American currency.
While you want a good deal on your surgery, you also need to be wary. If one facility has a price that seems too good to be true, they might not have the best service or results. Spend some extra time researching and find out why their prices are so low.
4. Consider the Language
If you don’t speak Spanish, you need to look for a facility that has bilingual doctors and staff members. While most places are bilingual, some are not. You might not be able to communicate with your doctors or nurses.
Finding out if they are bilingual is simple. Most practices will place their bilingual status on their website. If you are unsure, you can call or send an email.
5. Learn About Payment
You can’t be certain how a facility will handle your payment. In Mexico, some practices take a deposit before your procedure. Then, you need to pay the remaining money upon your departure.
Other facilities could require you to pay for everything upfront. Before scheduling your procedure, learn more about your options. Only choose an option you can afford and you feel comfortable about.
Book Your Plastic Surgery in Mexico
With the right plastic surgeon, you can get the most out of your procedure. You can avoid paying an outrageously high price for your cosmetic procedure, but you can still get great results.
The Riviera Institute for Plastic Surgery has been helping people from the United States and other countries achieve their physical goals. Our experienced and talented surgeons will handle your surgical needs. Contact us today and start your journey into the amazing world of medical tourism.