Facelift in Mexico or Costa Rica?

  • 5DogMa
  • California
  • 1 year ago

I'm in the early stages of investigating having a full face/neck lift and upper eyelid surgery hopefully this year, if I can afford it within my $10,000 budget.  I just returned from Costa Rica on vacation and found out a lot of people from the states go there for plastic surgery.  I met someone at our overlay in Mexico City who said he has been having extensive dental work done in CR and is very happy with the cost and results.   I'm looking for recommendations and your stories about your experiences in either Mexico or CR.  Can I get this done including the aftercare within my budget?   Thank you for your input

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I would just like to chime in here to provide more insight. I would encourage everyone to write down the perceived positive positives and negatives about medical tourism. The positives of going to a place like Costa Rica would include: 1) Cost: Pro-The initial cost is undoubtedly less expensive in CR of Mexico. Con- If you are unhappy with your result, have a serious complication, or need to have a revision, you will be starting at financial ground zero or worse. I have seen 3 very unhappy patients who had their initial facelift in Costa Rica in the last year, all seeking revisions. 2) Vacation setting: Pro- You will be in a beautiful surrounding for your operation and recovery. Con- Recovery from a facelift isn't exactly a vacation. You won't be going to the beach, zip lining, or going deep sea fishing. This is a definite false positive. 3) Postoperative care: Pro- You will be pampered and receive excellent 24 hour around the clock attention. Con- Not so fast. I have patients whose biggest complaint was the inexperience of their nursing staff. Most reputable Facial Plastic Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons in this country pride themselves on the expertise of their staff. 4) Surgeon Quality: Pro- Many Surgeons in CR or Mexico are United States trained, and there are some very good ones. Con- The competitive nature of the United States and word of mouth demands a very high level of quality to succeed; it has the capacity to make a good Surgeon very good and a very good Surgeon great. Word of mouth makes or breaks a Surgeon and this factor is far less in play for Surgeons overseas. Every patient is different and consideration must be given to all of these factors when choosing a Facelift Surgeon. Good luck in your search.
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Thank you. I'm always amazed at people who travel to get procedures done. My first thought were the concerns you mentioned above. I want to have my surgeon near. I did my research and never even considered someone out of the country and preferred to have one in my own state and I looked in the two biggest cities near to where I lived. I found one and he is great and also taught/trained most of the surgeons I looked into as well. I found mine to be the best. I do need revisions because I had many done at once. It would was more cost effective for me to do it this way. In my case more needs to come off and it's better to er in not enough rather than too much. No complications were had, just minor revisions and he does those free of charge. In coming years, if need be, I'd have no qualms about returning to him. Also, I think it's always best to keep things in our own country. :-)
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hi 5dogma, did you find a doctor you like? i also live in california (with it's high prices) and am looking elsewhere. i know thailand is the best, but i'm hoping to go somewhere more close to home. there are good docs in guadalejara but i'm not too impressed with their before and after photos. so, i would love your input. i will let you know if i find anyone spectacular.
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I'm having surgery with Dr. Luis Suarez in Tijuana, MX next Tuesday May 14th. I'll let you know how it goes. I'll post pictures and give an account of my experience. I feel confident in my decision. My surgery cost is $6,000 and another $600 if he decides a chin implant will also help my profile. I have a pretty weak chin.
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Hi 5DogMa, I wish you the best. I would be very grateful if you would let me know how you made out, since I am considering the same but don't know how to go about finding a good plastic surgeon outside the US. Thanks for being willing to share. E-mail solar150@comcast.net
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There are many women I have met on line and in person who had FLs in Costa Rica. Myself, I had one there in 2004. The surgeon did a wonderful job and I have been very happy with it! My cost back then was less than $3k to the surgeon. Personally, I prefer going away to a retreat to heal. That way you don't have to deal with day to day things and get rest. Plus, no one sees you looking awful after surgery!
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wouldn't you rather have a surgeon that is nearby if you have any issues or questions? I had an excellent surgeon and when you have mulitple surgeries you get discounts, at least I did. I gave myself a budget and the surgeon's fees went over even with the discounts and I asked if they could forego the excess and he did. But that said, the hospital fees and anestesiologist fees added extra. Also, within the first year, if there are any issues that I am not happy with or he sees any issues or something he can and should fix, he will free of charge. I realize some claim it's cheaper, but don't you have to pay to travel and stay, so what difference does it make? I got more procedures done than you wish you have and the surgeons fee was $10,000. I've seen him 4 times since my surgery too. All the visits are included with the above figure. He's one of the top surgeons around too.
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Sure, but seriously doubt I will find one to stay in my budget. I'm in CA where everything is more expensive. I've read a lot of good reviews about both Costa Rica and Mexico. You stay 2 weeks post-op which I believe is the most critical time. My daughter had bariatric surgery and Mexico and it went perfectly. I'm not afraid to travel out of the country.
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Oh, most facelifts are under $5k so even with the airfare and recovery house it's still under my budget in CR or Mexico..
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Well, I guess go for it! I'm a worry wart and don't trust too well. I researched and kept coming back to my surgeon. My FL and NL combined were $6,500. Good luck to you!
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I was just checking out some out of the country surgeries, one woman seems to have had a really good fl for a real cheap price.
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What state did you have your surgery?
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New York
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Fixmyface--do you mind sharing the name of your doctor?
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