Located in Tijuana, Mexico Plastic Surgery Clinic has been providing cosmetic surgeries for over a decade. Tijuana, which is only 17 km south of San Diego, California and a few minutes from the border, is easily accessible to the masses. Due to its ideal location, it has long been popular with those wanting to see the sights, and more recently, with those seeking quality medical treatment at less cost.
Mexico Plastic Surgery Clinic’s facial cosmetic surgeries include facelifts, nose surgery, Botox, and facial filler. For the body, available procedures are liposuction, liposculpture, tummy tuck, arm lift, buttocks, vaginoplasty, and after weight loss surgery. Breast surgeries include lifts, reconstruction, and reduction. Surgeons also perform laparoscopic surgeries such as hiatal and inguinal hernias, gallbladder, and colorectal surgery.
The facility’s general director, Dr. Javier Lopez, is a cosmetic and esthetic surgeon.1 Dr. Francisco Cisneros, who is also a cosmetic surgeon, “is dedicated to helping her patients identify their needs and achieve their appearance goals”.2 Unlike with most medical facilities’ websites, their profiles and credentials are not available. It is also unclear who makes up the clinic’s medical team.
Treatment costs are inclusive of the clinic’s post-operative care program. Before a patient is discharged, he or she will be given an instruction sheet, a specialist’s “on call” phone number for any questions or concerns, and any necessary medication. During a follow-up appointment, sutures will be removed and wounds checked. Periodic assessments will later occur over the following months.
Mexico Plastic Surgery Clinic offers financing with an installment loan or credit loan. One may fill out an application form on the clinic’s website. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are also acceptable methods of payment.
As a destination for medical tourism, Mexico has been rising in popularity. People from the United States and Europe can pay less for quality healthcare, without the long or uncertain waiting periods. In the United States, the average price of rhinoplasty is between $5,000 and $6,000 and a facelift between $7,000 and $9,000.3 The cost of plastic surgery in Mexico is 40% less than that which is offered in US.4 The World Health Organization has ranked Mexico’s medical facilities with those in the United States and some of the best hospitals found in the Americas are located in Tijuana.5 In a study by the University Of Texas Medical Center in El Paso, it was estimated that between the United States and Mexico’s border 20 million crossings were made for the sole purpose of health care.6
Mexico Plastic Surgery Clinic’s website is informative in some areas, but lacks in others. Information about how a cosmetic procedure works and is performed is easily available. Also for one’s viewing, is a gallery of before and after photographs. There is also contact information, a map, and a link to the most current passport requirements for crossing borders. The website may be viewed in English or Spanish. The severe lack of information or testimonials available on and off the clinic’s website may or may not speak for the quality of aesthetic and cosmetic care provided at Mexico Plastic Surgery Clinic.