Medical Tourism: Buyer Beware

This public service announcement from ASPS highlights the problems and concerns associated with medical tourism for a Spanish-speaking audience. Cosmetic surgery tourism is a price-driven phenomenon that has experienced increased growth over the past decade.

Many patients arrive in countries such as India, Mexico, the Philippines, Costa Rica and China, hoping to combine cosmetic surgery with a luxury vacation.

However, though there are many skilled and qualified physicians practicing all over world, it is often difficult for patients to assess the training and credentials of surgeons outside of the United States, which leads to an increase in complications.