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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In January of this year I had a facelift, neck lift, brow lift, upper and lower eyes, fat injections in my face, a face peel, back lipo and a tummy tuck by Rosenstock in Costa Rica. Nine years prior I had a facelift, lipo, and fat injections in my butt giving it a beautiful shape over the flat butt i hated for years, and fat in the back of my hands for a youthful look. If I look close I can see the imperfections but no one else notices. My overall improvement is fabulous. I personally would not have my surgery done in the US. It take too many years to get the better procedures cleared through our FDA so work done here is not the latest or the best procedures. The surgeons do not perform as many surgeries so they are not as experienced. We do not have the recovery retreats so rather that being cared for by professionals in an enjoyable resort with others going through similar experiences, you are either depending on family or friends to help you through recovery or trying to do it yourself. Then there is a cost difference, in the US is 3 to 4 times more. Each time I have had surgeries in Costa Rica there have met a number of US Doctors and Nurses that have traveled to Costa Rica for their surgeries.
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As I read all the negative comments it is obvious that with any surgery there are risks. I am sure every surgeon through out the world has their patients that have their nightmares. My girl friend used the very popular considered the very best surgeon in our area and she has a nightmare story. I am sure there are many things that come into play. Like your heath and the way each person heals. What kind of day the surgeon has. None of us are perfect and neither are surgeons even the very best. For the most part the better surgeons are going to have fewer issues. The more surgeries a surgeon does the the greater their success due to all of their experience. The health of your body and it's ability to heal going into the surgery and how you eat and take care of yourself after is going to make a big difference in your recovery and outcome. I found taking Arnica Montana prevented bruising and aided to my recovery. Ginger capsules reduced swelling along with a number of other good things. I took several other herbs for recovery that shortened my recovery and healing time. You need to research what things you should not eat or take prior to surgery. There are a number of foods that you should not eat before you have any kind of surgery and can cause major side affects. The thing everyone choosing to have plastic surgery needs to consider is that there is no perfect surgeon, and there is always a risk. With that in mind you must way out the desired results with the understanding that it is often a wonderful improvement with some imperfections, or can be a rare nightmare.
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Yes, true. But being near the surgeon for the weeks and months following is a must. I would never again go to a foreign country and then fly home a couple of weeks later. I did all the right things including arnica. I would have been happy with just a mediocre result and scars HIDDEN the way they should be. BE CAREFUL, as what the comment above says is all true. Add to that no recourse, and permanent scars and the greater risk of being thousands of miles away from the surgeon post op, well, much safer to take the risk near home.
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Yes, complications can and do happen anywhere. It's how the complications are dealt with. Rosenstock didn't handle them well. I saw dif Drs post op each time and they all had dif opinions on what to do...and complications are one thing, but poor technique is another..I suffered both at Rosenstock clinic. Not my fault, I did everything correct and I am very healthy. Have been in touch with others over the years that had bad experiences at this clinic. What one person thinks are good results is subjective, doesn't mean they got good results necessarily. I saw good results from this clinic and plenty of horrible results. Depends on who is operating on you that particular day...I am pretty sure Rashi Rosenstock did not do my surgeries like he said he would. He wouldn't see me post op and I thought that was odd...he was def avoiding me...in retrospect, I think it was out of guilt...assuming he has a conscience and that is questionable. I think greed drives this clinic....stay away! Not worth the risk!
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I have seen and heard too many stories such as the one you describe. NO WAY worth the risk. Charge it here, (on a credit card) whatever it takes to have it done in the USA (or wherever you are from). At least here we have malpractice and board certification. Practice due diligence and see your doctor regularly post op. As you say PalaPala, it also helps to be healthy and follow all pre-op instructions. Thank you for your post PalaPala.
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Oh boy! I had seen some advertisements about Costa Rican plastic surgery and now after reading so many horror stories I'm DEFINITELY going to stay in the USA and go with a board certified plastic surgeon for sure!
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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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I was not in pain and only used two mild pain killers. I had a tummy tuck along with a face lift a brow lift, neck lift, upper and lower eyes, and a face peel. They do not let you leave Costa Rica for almost 2 weeks to make sure everything is good. I stayed at recovery resorts where everything is taken care of for you with them feeding you healthy food which helps your body heal. There is a nurse on staff constantly checks your recovery. I used Rosenstock for my surgery this past January and 9 years ago when i had a number of surgeries. Las Cumbres is the best recovery retreat. I was taken in by the ad for Mariposa and tried it this past trip but was disappointed after experiencing the higher quality of Las Cumbres. My friends sister tried CheTica Ranch and fought to get her money back as she moved to Las Cumbres the third day as her experiences were so bad at CheTica Ranch. I spoke with a plastic surgeon and his wife from states that were having surgery just after me. He said after he researched who he wanted to perform their surgeries both in the states and Costa Rica, Rosenstock was who he felt most comfortable with.
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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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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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You are lucky because they really butchered me. Would not recommend them for any type of cosmetic surgery because of the awful scars left from the poor quality of stitching. Cosmetic work should leave you with fine line scars, not bumpy red lines.
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Same happened to me with another "surgeon" in CR! Still have visible scars after couple post op laser treatments here and six years later!
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I too was butchered by Rosenstock Lieberman clinic and would def not recommend them. Poorly placed and executed incisions, breast implants in wrong place, raging infection, horrible scars. Hard to believe a plastic surgeon operated on me.( as confirmed by Drs in post op consults I went on for revisions)And I do have doubts as to who really works on you once asleep. They claim to have a "team" so they can do multiple procedures. Yeah, but a team of who? Horrible experience. Once they had my money they didn't care about me. I stayed in CR for a month. After returning home and after a difficult recovery I sought out local surgeons for revisions. I could not live with the mess Rosenstock left me with. It took 3 surgeries to "improve" what the Rosenstock clinic did to me. I could only hope for improvement because once you have had bad surgery it's difficult to revise and get the results one might have gotten originally. I regret choosing them and felt very angry as I was assured by them and other past pts that they had the experience and expertise in the procedures I was seeking. Avoid this clinic. def not worth whatever money you think you may be saving! They own their own clinic and there is little regulation as to what goes in there. Stay away!
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Agreed. My experience not much better (with another physician Dr. Araya). Lied to. Still have bad scars, was told I was getting procedures I did not receive . . . had to also seek out other physicians back here at home. I would never do it again so far away and in a foreign country where you have no recourse.
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