Is It Safe to Have Plastic Surgery in Tijuana Mexico Vs USA?

Doctor Answers 14

Out of country plastic surgery

You may be lucky and you may not with surgery in another country.  Generally the standard of care is less in some undeveloped countries without the check and balances the US has.  Also if you have a complication, who will deal with it. Do not play Russian roulette with your body.   Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Safe to Have Plastic Surgery in Tijuana Mexico Vs USA?

I think that you are asking a question that is far too general to answer with any accuracy. In other words, I'm sure there are “safe” places to have surgery in Tijuana and unsafe places to have surgery in the United States ( and vice versa).The fact that you are asking the question leads me to think that you have reasons to be concerned...

In regards to selecting a plastic surgeon, I would suggest that you with the American Society of Plastic Surgery and/or the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery to obtain a list of well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.

Then, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices  concentrate on aesthetic surgery. Ask  to see lots of examples of their work and preferably speak/see patients who have had similar procedures done.

You will find,  while doing your due diligence,  that there are many different “specialties” who will offer their services to you;  again, I strongly recommend you concentrate on surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  

I would also suggest that you do not base your selection of plastic surgeon primarily on costs of surgery;  keep in mind that revisionary surgery may be more costly in many ways.

 Best wishes.


Plastic Surgery Abroad

Medical tourism has become extremely popular because of the perception of lower cost.  However, any medical procedure comes with potential complications.  Traveling outside the country for plastic surgery poses risks beyond what I would consider acceptable.  Staying close to home and choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is the safest and most reliable option.  

John Burns, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Not a good idea

I strongly recommend you do not have your surgery performed abroad. In addition to medical standards being quite different, your surgeon won't be in the same city as where you live once you return. If complications occur, you won't be able to see the best person to address them: your original surgeon. If you decide to go abroad anyway, please make sure you at least get a full report of your surgery so that you can give it to a surgeon in your city if a complication occurs. They'll have to know the details of your surgery in order to better diagnosis your possible complication.

Plastic Surgery in Tijuana - Dr. Luis Suarez

Yes, absolutely about 80% of my patients are American and we have never had any issues surgery always goes flawless we have great hotels and recovery houses we are very close to the border we have transportation local and to and from the airport.

Tijuana is a great place to come for plastic surgery I can assure prices here are much better than in the U.S. We have quality attention in hospitals, doctors and specialists' clinics and labs, all with state of the art technology and experienced bilingual medical staff.

Luis Suarez, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Safety and risk is a question when traveling to another country for cosmetic surgery

May work well for you but remember if you have a complication you will have to travel back to the original surgoen for care. Many plastic surgeons are unwilling to care for complications that are due to traveling to another country for discount plastic surgery.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Surgery in Mexico

I don't know why you would go to Mexico to have surgery when there are plenty if excellent surgeons in San Diego.  You may save a little money, but think of the hassles.  Traveling, hotel rooms, and most of all having to return if you need revisions of any kind. Not to mention peace of mind.  

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Safe to have surgery in Tijuana, Mexico? #breastimplant

You seem conflicted by your question. The most important thing is that you choose a board certified surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You can find a list of surgeons on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery websites. What you need to know is that you have good and bad surgeons all over the world. Being that said, when patients are looking to go abroad for surgery it is usually because they are seeking cheaper surgery. You never want to cut corners with cost. Revision surgery can cost you even more at the end of the day. So, weigh your options, and your reasons for why you ask this question. If this was your family or child would you want them to seek cheap surgery or go to the best surgeon possible no matter what the cost?

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Is it safe to have surgery in Mexico vs USA

NO!  Can it be safe, potentially.  You asked relative to the USA. The training, regulatory, sterility, and accreditation requirements are different. If you did not have to pay for your surgery out of your own pocket would you ever consider going to Mexico for your surgery?  Please understand that there are excellent world renowned plastic surgeons in Mexico, but even the best surgeons have complications. What will you do then? 

John Paletta, MD
Savannah Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Is It Safe to Have Plastic Surgery in Tijuana Mexico Vs USA?

I am sure you can find talented surgeons all over Mexico, many having US training. But the reverse is also true. And no matter how good and safe the results, we all have complications now and then and our fees include taking care of those problems. So be prepared financially and timewise in case you have to make trips back for after care. I doubt you will find a local surgeon that will cover for the Mexican physician without very high fees.As to the safety of Tijuana itself, I would worry about that. Best to contact the State Dept re travel to the border towns.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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