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Why do Tummy Tucks/lipo performed in Dominican Republic appear more sculpted than the same surgery performed in the US?

Are DR doctors able to take out more fat than doctors in the US? Are US doctors limited in the cc amount while DR doctors aren't?

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Medical Tourism in the Dominican Republic

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Hello and thank you for your question.
I agree with the other MD here regarding surgery in the DR.  We all use the same techniques, but the training for surgeons in the US is quite rigorous and we are bound by state and federal regulations to practice medicine in a pretty standard way that is safe for patients. 
When looking at before and after pics from foreign countries, consider that the photos may be altered, or that the patient has had more than one procedure over time to reach that final result.  
If you are contemplating having surgery abroad, consider how your surgeon might handle complications, and what it might cost to take care of complications should they arise. 

Best of luck to you,

Ruth Celestin, MD 


Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Why do Tummy Tucks/lipo performed in Dominican Republic appear more sculpted than the same surgery performed in the US?

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The appearance of any surgery procedure is related to the skill of the plastic surgeon and not the location. Some people get A's on exams and other make C's. It's that way throughout life. Find someone skilled and look at his photos, and this will give you the best idea of his results.

I do recommend the "No-drain tummy tuck," also called the Progressive Tension Suture technique. In my opinion, it is superior. Incidentally, this procedure originated in Dallas.

E. Ronald Finger, MD
Savannah Plastic Surgeon
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Abdominal sculpting after liposuction and tummy tuck

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In addition to what's been stated, I would add that some unscrupulous surgeons may actually "Photoshop" or in some way alter the images you are seeing.  I am quite confident that American surgeons possess at least equal knowledge and skill as any other country. 

Victor Ferrari, MD, FACS
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Interestingly, I just answered another question on the same topic. There is no difference in techniques performed in the two countries and the US has more highly trained plastic surgeons than in the DR. I would caution you in reviewing before and after photos from foreign countries. Are they from actual patients and have they been altered? Has the patient really had only one procedure or multiple? How are you going to verify the answers to these questions from pictures taken in other countries?

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