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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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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I just had a tummy tuck, a face and neck lift a brow lift my upper and lower eyes done fat removed from my neck and put in my cheek lines and an acid face peel. I love how I look now. I had the work done at Rosenstock Rossi and Cohen were the doctors. This is my second time to have them do cosmetic work on me. I had them do a facelift, lipo and fat transfer to my butt and the back of my hands 9 years ago. I did have some minor complications after returning this time which I attribute to coming home too soon. I went with two girlfriends who did not have as much done as I did and they pushed to stay minimal time. It is easy to change your flight dates with a doctors note which I did last time but my girlfriends talked me into going back with them. Fortunately I have a great plastic surgeon here that I went to with my complications. He has nothing more than remove a few sutures and is just an eye on everything. I had the incision open on my eyelid the day after returning which was alarming. After my state side surgeon looked at it he reassured me that the eyes are very forgiving and nothing needed to be done. It has healed just fine. We figured it was all the eye drops I was putting in my eyes on the flight back to the states moistened the incisions. I have always found the Dr Cohen & Rossi to to be great at responding to me before going, while i was there and after returning. The surgeon here in the states would have charged $10,000. It cost me around $13,000 for everything including my flight and recovery resort. I have a girlfriend that is dealing with complication from state side surgery from the top plastic surgeon in our area. I sure like my outcome especially for the price I paid. Any time you do surgery there is always possibilities of complications no matter were or who you have do it. I like that neither of the two facelifts they have done for me have left me looking pulled or distorted. I have a very natural much younger look that does not look like I had a facelift. I get a number of comments from friends and acquaintances that I am looking good these day some want to attribute it to my hair cut.(it is good to change your hair style as people attribute your better look to the change in your hair and you can smile and say yes I cut my hair and smile) With all the procedures that I had I was amazed to not be in pain. I was surprised at the minimal discomfort I experienced and the doctors supplied plenty of pain killers and sleeping pills which I did not need. Dr Cohen told me that I would probably be surprised at how little pain I would experience. I love the recovery resorts in Costa Rica it is so nice to be waited on while you are recovering rather than having to depend on friends and family or having to take care of yourself. My favorite is Las Cumbres. I stayed at another this time and did not like it as well. Our last appointment with the doctor before flying back to the states, there was a plastic surgeon from the states that was having all the facial surgery that I had done performed that day. His wife said after they had done a lot of research they felt the more comfortable with Dr Cohen and Dr Rossi than anyone in the states. His wife said the are both planning on coming back for tummy tucks in 6 months. There was a doctor and 4 nurses all unrelated that were having procedures when i had my first facelift done. I have been very pleased with the dental implants I have had done in Costa Rica. Dr Cavallini is very good and I experienced very little pain. You can get an implant done start to finish in a week or just over. It cost me $750 per implant and he guarantees the implant for life. They have a hotel at their facility and will give you a free pick up at the airport. I like spending a couple of days getting my implant then going to an all inclusive resort on the west coast of Costa Rica for a week and enjoying a nice vacation then coming back and taking 3 or 4 days to finish my dental before flying back. You can Google his website Dr. Marco Muñoz Cavallini
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How much did that cost for all that work? I would like laminates and some liposuction. How do you get in touch with dr's tganjs
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Hello, I am looking into getting a Breast Augmentation CR an I have been researching all the doctors like crazy but they all have up an down comments from the people! No matter where you go there is always going to be bad doctors doesn't matter what country your in, anyways I am looking to find a really good doctor that is good at doing boob jobs! Please message me back, good or bad stories! Thank you :)
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any good or bad story? i want to get a breast augmentation in costa rica and i am trying to find references for a good plastic surgeon. thank you for your comments.
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What about dr. Chavarria? PM if you have comments. I'm booked for march.
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I am sure their are good surgeons as well ., Make sure that they are insurable as from what I found out too late only a couple of them even qualify for being insurable ., we had a extremely bad experience , and like most people on this forum over looked and felt that it would not happen too us .,,, it took over a 100K just too get well enough too fly out of their ., and please understand no health insurance will cover ya ., we are now nearing the 180K mark just too get functional ., and I have a spouse with a severely shortened lifespan ., their was a lady at Las combres when we got their that had 1/2 her face paralyzed after some form of surgery ., Las combres was nice ., but again had some cleanliness issues ., not using sanitizers ., so be careful what ya touch
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