Why Americans Opt for Medical Value Travel
While the numbers of Americans who opt to go under the knife to enhance their physical attributes is increasing steadily year after year, cosmetic surgery costs have also been keeping pace with this increased demand for aesthetic procedures. This is a driving force behind the phenomenon of Americans seeking medical value travel in countries where plastic surgery costs are comparatively much lower. Costa Rica is a hot favourite for Americans looking for cosmetic surgery due to the affordable liposuction prices in the country. Statistics show that of all tourists coming to Costa Rica, 14 percent visit the country for medical value travel. Richard Feldman, a medical tourism expert opines, “You can save up to 75 percent off U.S. prices for most procedures.”
Affordable Plastic Surgery Cost Draws Tourists
It is the affordable plastic surgery costs that draw Americans to Costa Rica. A facelift would cost about $4,700 while the same procedure would cost approximately $15,000 in the United States. Similarly liposuction prices and breast augmentations/reductions are very low when compared to prices in America. Breast surgery would set back a patient by $3,000 compared to $7,000 to $10,000 in the US.
Plastic surgery is not the only area where patients can find savings. One can expect to pay $10,000 for a gastric bypass surgery in Costa Rica; in the US it would cost between $35,000 and $45,000. Costa Rica surgeon, Dr. Graciela Cortez Ramos is very proud of the high levels of medical care practiced in the country, and says, “The level of medicine here is very high. We have the same level or mortality and complications that you have in more developed countries.” This is due to the fact that surgeons and doctors in Costa Rica often obtain training in the US. But patients keen on travelling abroad for medical and plastic surgery procedures should read up on the safety guidelines issued by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery which will help them make an informed choice.