CO2 Laser in Costa Rica?

Has anyone had a CO2 Laser done on their face in Costa Rica?

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CO2 Laser in Costa Rica - Big Potential Risks, Small Gains

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Lasers need frequent servicing by highly trained bio-medical technicians that are often not available. As a result they may not be accurately calibrated and you can be left with permanent scarring, change of pigmentation, infection and other problems.I would like to make prospective patients aware of the risks and downsides of medical tourism (traveling abroad to undergo elective surgery) this includes getting a CO2 laser in Costa Rica. Medical tourism has becoming increasingly popular in recent years; patients have been flying out of the U.S. for plastic surgery, lured by lower prices.
However, a parallel trend has also appeared: plastic surgeons in the United States are finding themselves treating an increasing number of patients who plastic surgery abroad, correcting complications and errors. A survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that 80% of the responding doctors had treated American medical tourists for complications including infection, contour abnormalities, and hematoma.
Medical tourists are often led to believe that they will receive the same quality of care for a lower price in a foreign clinic. But while it is true that the cost of plastic surgery in some foreign countries is lower, this is often because the quality of care and surgery is compromised. Such patients also seem to neglect the possibility of complications and the need for a follow-up visit.
In addition to the risks posed by sub-standard medical care abroad, medical tourists must consider the risks of injections and implants in other countries. 
It is often the case that medical tourists end up spending more money because they have to pay to treat complications from their overseas surgery.
Source: The Cost of Medical Tourism – Medscape Medical News


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Why would you?

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I'm curious to know why you would leave the country for a procedure widely available here in the states for a reasonably low cost? Remember travelling to a tropical paradise for a procedure that sensitizes you to the sun doesn't make much sense as a vacation either....

Robert Frank, MD
Munster Plastic Surgeon
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