Rhinoplasty in Mexico and Beyond: Why you should avoid destination plastic surgery

Published on February 15, 2016

Few cosmetic procedures involve more complex processes than rhinoplasties; yet Americans are putting their looks and health at risk with medical tourism to save money. This risky trend allows you to combine a vacation and cosmetic surgery in the Philippines, Thailand and Costa Rica, but it’s difficult to evaluate the training and credentials of foreign physicians who might have qualified to practice with considerably less rigorous educational requirements and interning experience. These global clinics and spas in underdeveloped countries often don’t have systems in place to handle problems that might arise during and after your surgery. It’s for these reasons that a rhinoplasty in Mexico is a bad financial and health gamble.

Reasons a Rhinoplasty in Mexico is Risky

It’s not just rhinoplasty; it’s all plastic surgery; it’s not just Mexico; it’s Thailand, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and more. Here are our top reasons why you should avoid destination plastic surgery and the cost savings you expect to gain from it.

Risks of Destination Plastic Surgery

We understand that cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure for you that’s often price-driven and that a quick trip for a rhinoplasty in Mexico or other popular tourist countries might seem like a way to make the costs more affordable. However, the statistics show that all cosmetic procedures — and especially rhinoplasties — are extremely risky when received in foreign countries where training, sterility, regulatory and accreditation requirements aren’t as stringent as in the United States. You might need additional surgeries to correct a breathing disorder, infection or a botched appearance from a rhinoplasty in Mexico, the Dominican Republic or other popular tourism countries,. The risks of destination plastic surgery include agencies that fail to take out complications insurance, substandard surgical skill, lack of training, failure to discuss the risks, complications and follow-up care, and having no system in place to handle complications or care after you return home.

Delicate Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasties are among the most challenging of cosmetic surgeries because the nose affects essential life functions like breathing, smelling and sleeping comfortably. Having a rhinoplasty in Mexico or abroad could result in a botched procedure that will affect your health and damage your appearance instead of improving it. Nose surgery is difficult and takes years of training to understand the anatomy, healing properties and the aesthetic appearance that surgical alterations might make, and surgeons in most of these countries do not receive the kind of training that surgeons receive here at home.

Destination Plastic Surgery in the United States

You have a home-field advantage for getting the best possible care right in the United States, which leads the world in all types of cosmetic surgeries. The U.S. attracts destination plastic surgery tourists from other countries where surgeries are riskier and often end up costing more than advertised due to complications or unappealing aesthetic results. If you’re considering medical tourism, think about the benefits of vacationing in sunny Arizona where you can get the best possible care and surgical skill at our offices.

Why Choose Dr. David Hecht for Your Rhinoplasty Surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona

A double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Hecht was trained in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under world-renowned facial plastic surgeons Dr. Dean Toriumi and Dr. Eugene Tardy. Dr. Hecht scored higher than anyone in the world on the written board certification examination of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has authored peer-reviewed book chapters and articles on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. It’s for these reasons, and Dr. Hecht’s record of success with rhinoplasty surgery, that we recommend that you contact the office of Dr. David Hecht for more information and to schedule a consultation for your rhinoplasty in Scottsdale, AZ.

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