WHY MEXICO CITY COULD BECOME THE #1 MEDICAL TOURISM DESTINATION FOR PLASTIC SURGERY?
Updated: Aug 26
Medical tourism may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure appeals to patients looking for quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare.
For over 30 years, Mexico City has been a prime destination for medical tourism, especially in the field of plastic surgery - not just for people within the country but also for those from the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe -
Every year, thousands of patients from all over the world travel to Mexico City. The Mexican capital may not be the cheapest in the world, but it hits the perfect spot between quality and affordability.
Medical Tourism in Mexico City - The best place for your Plastic Surgery overseas.
According to 2019 figures, medical tourism brought in $80 million in revenue to Mexico City that year, thanks to almost 350,000 national and international patients who flew to the capital for health care purposes. This figure does not even consider the money spent by these tourists on lodging, shopping, food, and entertainment during recuperation, which can extend for an average of 10 nights.
International plastic surgery market is so huge, that experts predict the industry will generate at least $3 billion globally every year, with Mexico City taking a significant share.
Though plastic surgery is one of the top reasons why Mexico City attracts medical tourists, a lot of them also have varying goals. Some go to Mexico City for dental surgery, while others come in for more serious treatments, like cardiovascular, orthopedic and oncology treatments.
7 Reasons why to go to Mexico for plastic surgery
There are other popular international destinations for plastic surgery, such as Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, South Korea and India. But why do people all over the world still flock to Mexico City for their plastic surgery needs? Here are some of the reasons why:
Medical Tourists in Mexico City - TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico
1. The Lower costs
One of the main reasons why people choose to visit Mexico City for plastic surgery is the price.
For instance, data from Real Self show that the average cost of a tummy tuck in the United States is $8,500. But if you go to Mexico City, that average cost drops down to $3,500.
2. Mexico City is the Latin America City with the highest number of Board Certified plastic surgeons.
One of the main reasons why Mexico City is considered the plastic surgery capital of the Latin America is because of the large number of Board Certified plastic surgeons that reside there. In a report issued in 2019, the city with the highest number of plastic surgeons in Latin America, is Mexico City with a total of 420 plastic surgeons. Plastic surgeons increasingly move to Mexico City to surround themselves with other experts in the field, allowing them to grow and learn from the best in the industry. More plastic surgeons mean more plastic surgery!
Fabiana Rosen, CEO Managing Director of TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico Group
Our medical tourism expert’s recommendation - Fabiana Rosen, Managing Director of TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico Group -
”Travelling for plastic surgery in a foreign country is more than just packing one’s bag and flying off to a hospital overseas. It is important to be meticulous about certain things that could affect the outcome of the surgery. When it comes to choosing a surgeon, the price is not enough. It is extremely important to make sure that your doctor is licensed, board-certified, and qualified to perform the procedure that you need. At our facility – TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico - in Mexico City, our surgeons are all nationally accredited and Internationally Board Certified by both the Mexican and American Board of Plastic Surgery. They have over 20 years of experience in plastic surgery industry and an impressive body of work backed by hundreds of positive testimonies from their previous clients”... ”After your surgery, you should also think about how your doctor is planning to give you follow-up care even if you live on the other side of the world.” she added.
3. Expertise and Tight Competition
Because so many of the world’s top plastic surgeons reside in Mexico City, patients can be assured that they are receiving plastic surgery from surgeons with loads of expertise in the specific procedure they are looking for. Whether it’s a Facelift, Rhinoplasty, Tummy Tuck, Brazilian butt lift (BBL), Breast augmentation or full Mommy Makeover, Mexico City boasts surgeons with thousands and thousands of successful operations and before and after photos to prove their skill.
Just like what Fabiana Rosen, Managing Director of TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico Group, said, “…as one of the most popular plastic surgery hubs in the world, there are plenty of doctor and hospital choices in Mexico. The healthy competition has given rise not just to affordable plastic surgeries in Mexico City, but also high-quality services unparalleled in the world. This ensures that patients receive satisfying results on their surgeries, making it a bang for their buck. Mexico City’s private health systems are also continuously growing and expanding, which means that more high-quality choices will be available soon”.
4. Medical Tourism History
Mexico City is already known for its hearty hospitality, and the capital can further capitalize its position by combining it with its credible reputation for quality and affordable health care.
The increase in plastic surgeons and plastic surgery clinics in Mexico City did not happen overnight.
With thousands of medical tourists visiting Mexico City every year, it is not surprising that the city boasts of world-class hospitals ready to cater to their patients’ every whim. Mexico City’s hospitals are well-equipped with the latest technologies and top notch facilities, giving them the means to accommodate any cosmetic surgery, whether it be a liposuction, facelift, rhinoplasty or a mommy makeover.
Some of these hospitals do not even charge hefty room fees for medical tourists, allowing you to stay in the hospital under the supervision of your doctor during your recovery.
Years and years of successful surgeries and innovations in the plastic surgery field are what helped make Mexico City the Latin America plastic surgery capital it is today.
”Just like your physician, your chosen hospital should be a major consideration in your decision-making process. You have to make sure that the facility you choose has modern and state-of-the-art facilities coupled with the highest accreditation standards and it should also have a medical travel process for both local and international patients”.…” With over 20 years' experience in the medical tourism industry, our company - TopPlasticSurgeonsMexico – has the list of all the hospitals that have met the international health care standards in Mexico City. We also have good working relationships with doctors in these hospitals, resulting in priority communication status for our company and our patients”, said Fabiana
5. No more waiting
Another advantage to have a procedure performed in Mexico City is that you no longer have to wait long to undertake your plastic surgery. Since you are a medical tourist, your plastic surgeon is often willing to adjust based on your schedule so that you get as minimal downtime as possible.
Though it is always advisable to go for a physical consultation, you may schedule a phone consultation with your chosen plastic surgeon initially to see whether you are a good candidate for a particular procedure. During the phone consultation, your surgeon may advise you to achieve a target weight first, or get yourself a medical clearance if you have other concomitant illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.
Once you’ve been cleared for surgery, you may fly to Mexico City just in time for a physical consultation and subsequent plastic surgery.
6. Excellent Customer Service
A huge factor why medical tourism in Mexico City continues to rise is the impeccable customer service that the private healthcare staff provides to its international patients.
“You don’t have to worry about discrimination in Mexico City, as private hospital and clinic staff are trained to be courteous and respectful of every patient, regardless of race, age, and sex. But customer service is not just limited to how the staff treats you. Their help also extends to other aspects of your medical tourism journey”.
Depending on the hospital and medical tourism company you’ve chosen, you’re also given access to first-class accommodations and roundtrip airport transportation. Rehabilitation services are available for those who need to recover for an extended period. Some Mexico City medical tourism companies even include roundtrip airfare and assistance to passport and visa applications in their packages for a hassle-free treatment.
“When people are traveling, particularly international travelers, they want the totality of the experience, and that’s what we can offer them. … Our company provides All Inclusive Plastic surgery packages for international patients who want to have everything taken care of. We arrange your surgery schedule, transportation, accommodation, post operative care. We are ready to assist our patients anytime a problem arises” said Fabiana.
7. Mexico City… The ideal Place to Recover
Recovering from plastic surgery can be a difficult process, and will likely challenge you mentally, physically and emotionally.
Though many plastic surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis, most patients still need to stay in Mexico City for one to two weeks after the surgery for follow-up care and recovery.
Many patients prefer to recover in a hotel where they will be attended by medical staff than in their home, away from nosy neighbors and toxic environments.
It helps to be in a relaxing place during this time. Mexico City is warm and sunny yearlong. The city won the game providing great health care, great hospitality and great prices!
“If you are looking for a viable destination for your medical tourism trip, look no further than Mexico City. We're ready to be the world's number one international getaway for plastic surgery industry!" said Fabiana Rosen
It is also important to note that patients are not the only targets of Mexico City medical tourism. The city is a fantastic place for friends and family members who travel with the international patients to help support them during the recovery process. These relatives also eat out in local restaurants, shop in neighborhood stores, and treat themselves to varying forms of entertainment during their longer-than-traditional stay in Mexico City.
Destination packages are also a popular option in Mexico City, where everything has already been put together – from the hospitals down to the lodging and restaurants, making the whole experience hassle-free.
For these reasons, many patients choose to have their plastic surgery done in Mexico City. With some of the world’s top surgeons residing there and a culture that promotes beauty and self-confidence, the city is a great plastic surgery destination for anyone looking to transform their body and their life.