Affordable Healthcare: Plastic Surgery in Brazil
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently lifted its 14 year old ban on silicon gel-filled breast implants. In 2005, nearly 300,000 breast-augmentation surgeries were performed in the United States, making it the third most common cosmetic surgical procedure, behind liposuction and rhinoplasty. The FDA ban, coupled with the expense of the procedure, has allowed Brazil to position itself as the “nip/tuck capital of the world.” Affordable healthcare has been the main factor driving the marketing of Brazil as the focal center of plastic surgery in the region. Another factor is the relative ease of cosmetic surgery financing available here.
Cosmetic Surgery Financing in Brazil
The lure of Brazil as a medical vacation center cannot be underestimated. Not only can a woman avail of the more affordable cosmetic surgery financing options on offer and get the procedures she desires in a sunny, exotic paradise-like setting, but she can also, soon after, step out onto the legendary Copacabana Beach in a bikini to show off her newly enhanced body! Brazilian companies are leaving no stone unturned to woo the fussy medical tourist and are promising a varied range of services related to aesthetic surgery including cosmetic surgery financing in the form of low-interest loans.
Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Brazil
The allure of affordable healthcare options in plastic surgery in Brazil is, to some extent, overshadowed by the dangers of plastic surgery in this South American nation. Doctors in the United States are concerned about the quality of health care that patients may receive in these clinics. It is not unusual for an American doctor to be called upon to “fix” the result of a botched surgery performed by a physician in a foreign land. In some clinics, if the patient begins to bleed excessively, the procedure has to be terminated since there is no blood available to replace that which is lost. In the end, it is up to the patient to use his or her discretion and compare the dangers of plastic surgery in a foreign country with the corresponding benefits, to determine if he or she should go ahead with the procedure.
Source: Dr. Manny Alvarez, “Cosmetic Surgery: Beware the Hefty Health Price of ‘Brazilian’ Bargains,” Fox News, November 24