Inexpensive Dominican Surgeries Prove to be Costly

By: Delray Beach Plastic Surgery  05/15/2014
Keywords: Tummy Tuck, Eyelid Surgery, Breast Reduction

The Dominican Republic is a great place to visit for a vacation, but some are taking things a little too far. The island nation is known for its beautiful beaches and tropical weather, but lately it’s become a destination for a completely different reason—plastic surgery. The Dominican Republic is one of several nations promoting itself as a place to visit for inexpensive cosmetic procedures. However, if you’re planning to visit for plastic surgery, you may want to rethink your options. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued an alert to American health authorities about 19 women who developed mycobacterial wound infections in the past year following procedures for liposuction, tummy tucks and breast implants in the Dominican Republic. The rising amount of botched surgeries performed on American tourists in the Dominican Republic has become a troubling trend. Although no deaths were reported among these 19 cases, it does raise serious questions about the quality of care. All of these infections were caused by contaminated medical equipment. But the warning hasn’t stopped some people from taking their chances to go under the knife in the Dominican Republic. Recently, a 28-year-old New York woman died from a pulmonary embolism after receiving a tummy tuck and liposuction procedure at a Dominican clinic. After the death was reported, Dominican health authorities temporarily shut down the clinic due to severe bacterial infestation. The problem has even gotten the attention of U.S. State Department. The Internet is filled with advertisements promoting cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic. In many cases the prices are often a third of what you would find in the United States. It’s perfectly understandable for people to look for the best deal. But when it comes to plastic surgery, you truly get what you pay for. If you’re ready to make the investment into getting a cosmetic procedure performed, it’s important to do your homework and choose a surgeon or clinic with a good reputation for safety and skill. Delray Beach Plastic Surgery holds itself to the highest possible standards of patient care and medical ethics. Our highly-skilled team of plastic surgeons led by Dr. John G. Westine has performed thousands of successful procedures ranging from liposuction to facial rejuvenation. Plastic surgery is just about helping people look their best, it’s also about helping patients feel their best. To learn more on how cosmetic surgery can help you, call Delray Beach Plastic Surgery today at (561) 278-3245 and schedule a consultation.

Keywords: Abdominoplasty, Breast Reduction, Eyelid Surgery, Tummy Tuck

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