Do you think Costa Rica is safe for cosmetic surgery?

  • 6 years ago

i want to get a tummy tuck and while at it a breast lift or breast implants (silicone ones now that they r safer). also may need a small bit of liposcution.  a plastic surgeon near my home told me the price tag for all this work would be more than 20k.  Wowza. So that made me start reseacrhing and looking for alts like going abroad for surgery. Costa rica sounds most appealing for a recovery.  but is costa rica safe for cosmetic surgery? bad infections more likely? hard to communicate with your doctor? etc.  thnks v. much

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I've met with doctors in CR relative to tummy tuck, face lift etc. I finally decided to have my tummy tuck done here in the US by Dr. Feagin and Owen in Dothan, AL and I'm so thankful that I did. Care was terrific, and the results were wonderful, but this is the most significant fact - it took a long time to recover. This is major surgery. Their fees included 2 nights in hospital, which was exactly what I needed. If I had traveled within a few days after surgery, it would have been awful and damaging. I was 2 weeks or more before I could lay off the pain killers enough to stay awake. Unless you can stay in CR for several weeks afters the surgery, I'd strongly recommend that you have tummy tucks done close to home. BTW - my doctor did not use those horrible ostomy bags for drainage. My incisions were closed completely and healed very well. Of course, I also followed orders - go home and get in the recliner and stay there! Another thing - a friend had tummy tuck and breast reduction at some place in Macon, GA and they did it outpatient! What a horrible experience it was for her.
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AFTER READING ALL THESE POST I HAVE LEARNED NOTHING. SURELY SOMEONE MUST KNOW A DECENT DR THAT CAN PERFORM AN EYELID SURGERY.
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Hi, we have great Doctors in CR. More than 5 years of experience with great results, let us know your concerns at costaricamedicalsurgery@gmail.com. And we will get you in touch with specialized surgeons. Best regards.
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Hi, we can get a great surgeon for your eyelid surgery, over 5 years of experience with great results. Let us know at costaricamedicalsurgery.com. Best Regards.
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Would recommend Dr. Lev or Dr. Suarez in Costa Rica.
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Oh honestly! The things I read here are often just about laughable, except that they make it hard for a newbie to figure out what to do and where to go amidst all of the horror stories. There are several excellent docs in Costa Rica. I have used Rosentstock several times and have been very pleased with their work. History with them goes back about twelve or so years. A year ago I had dr lev do chin/neck/lower face, and he rocks. I now have the lower face & neck of a twenty year old (which is not bad for almost 58). In the next year or so I will probably go back and have my eyes done, and I will certainly go to Rosentstock. The two docs work together and have for many years. They seem like twin sons of different mothers. (Grin) The good thing about that for us is that with them working together you are not under for nearly as long. That is just my opinion, based on my personal experience. I have stayed several times with Mercedes ( And before her, Andi) at Casa de la Mariposa. Clean, safe gracious and friendly. I will stay there next time. Hope this helps, just my two cents worth. Caren
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You can PM me, and I will be glad to tell you about anything I know. Hope this helps.
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Oh honestly, If you love and trust Rosenstock/Cohen so much why didn't you choose them to do your face?
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Honestly, if you love and trust Rosenstock/Cohen so much why didn't you choose them to do your facelift?
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Where's the "like" button?
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Where's the "LIKE" button! Thanks for keeping it real PalaPala!
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Oh honestly, if you love the work of Rosenstock/Cohen and trust them, then why did you choose someone else to do your face? and when you say others experiences are laughable it is insulting to those that are expressing their experiences and opinions which happen to be just as valid as your opinions and experience...
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sorry for multiple posts..internet problems...LOL..just wanted express my opinion....
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Thank you!
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Costa rica is a very nice place ., but at this point you should look else ware for surgery ., for a number of reasons - discharge times are extremely short .,some of the doctors seem more interested in taking trophy shots than looking after clients health ., believing that they will not have too answer for the lack of care given as they believe that once you are on the plane ., their problems are over ., sad part of this is that their medical community seems too condon this behaviour ., as it is a cash cow for the country ., all I can say is you had a surgery and had no issues good on ya .. you won the lotto .,, if you had one that did not go so well .. well I don't have too tell ya the expense ., and lack of recourse their is too take on some of these hacks ., BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL as they can advertise falsely about their place of practice ., they usually show CIMA ., but most likely they will take you too a less expensive ( for them) clinic ,last minute, which could lead too all kinds disinfection issues
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ABSOLUTELY!!!!! I have prominent family in Costa Rica, born and raised, I am from USA. Had a nightmare of an experience especially when I got home!!! My doc acted as tho he was connected with CIMA (where I spent first night and thankfully HIRED an intern) . . . nope. Found out later he wasn't even connected with CIMA at the time . . . anyway, I have a few posts about my nightmare here on Real Self so I won't belabor the issue. Would I do it again? NOT IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY where I have to leave and have no after care nor recourse if something goes wrong.
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I had great aftercare at Cima. However I had a private duty RN post op for an extra $150 for 12 hrs...well worth it...
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Hello, I had my surgery yesterday and it went well. I had a breast augmentation done with Dr. Chavarria at the san bosco polyclinic. He was very nice. I'm having some muscular pain but it will go away soon. He told me 2-3 days and I think that should be right. I'm staying at Las Cumbres and everything and everybody is really nice. They care a lot and want to make sure that everybody is ok. If you have any questions, please feel free.
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I heard he was good hie do you request him and find out price list. I wanted dime liposuction thx
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wishing you well,and a swift recovery.
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Hello, Thank you secrets. The pain is less intense today and I will be fine. Getting out of bed was a challenge for me the day and following day of surgery but today (2days after) is much easier. I always reached his assistant Jennifer with this email. She is really nice and will give you the quotes when you send some pictures of the area you want to have done and once the doctors checks them out. Usually within maximum 24-48 hours you will get the response. On the day I arrived, I went for my consultation and it went fine. He was very nice and also speaks English. I got my breast augmentation the following morning at 7am and was back at Las Cumbres at 10h30 and doing very well. He only used sedation on me and not general anesthesia so this is why my recovery was quick and easy. This is his email. He also has a Facebook page if you want to check it out. I scheduled my surgery about 2 weeks prior and he fit me in his Schedule without any problem. gchavarria@arrivacostarica.com
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Thank you I appreciate it good luck with your recovery send pics! jen
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Good luck to you and please keep us updated on your recovery. Dr Chavarria is one of the CR surgeons I've wanted to know more about. Enjoy your stay at Las Cumbres. I was there for 3 days following a laser treatment and I liked it very much.
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So you had surgery in Costa Rica and staying at Las Cumbres? What did you have done? Is this the same as the Medical Center ? Do they have air conditioning at the resort? How many days before you could start to enjoy the resort while you were healing??
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Las Cumbres isn't a resort. Not even close. It is a surgical recovery facility. There is a small pool and a lovely shaded area for lounging, but during the 3 days I was there, I never saw anyone at the pool. People were recovering from surgery, so wounds were healing and swimming would have been contrary to doctors orders. The staff at Las Cumbres can sign you up for tours in the area as you are feeling well enough. I think a lot of the guests take a tour or two, either before their surgery or right before they leave, but Las Cumbres specializes in rest and care. I'm not sure what the Medical Center is, although I've been to CR 6 times for medical and dental procedures and think I'm fairly familiar with the plastic surgeons, recovery options and dentists in the area. What is the Medical Center? I've had plastic surgery in CR, but I stayed in the surgeon's clinic for 10 days during my recovery. I was at Las Cumbres when I had a CO2 laser treatment with Dr Tabush. I don't recall if Las Cumbres was air conditioned. The elevation is high and there was always a nice breeze. Most things aren't air conditioned in CR. It should be listed on it's web site. If it's not listed, it probably isn't. I was never uncomfortable.
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