Plastic Surgery in Argentina
What should you know before going?
You might have heard of
lipotourism and the controversy surrounding
it. In my opinion, a lot of it was probably generated by plastic surgeons in the United States who see their business gradually eroding as
clinics in other parts of the world - particularly Mexico, Brazil, Dominican Republic,
Cost Rica, Belgium, Thailand, Belgium, and India - steal their business.
I do agree that not all clinics in other countries are good and some are even operated by crooks, but so is the case in the United States. We have our own fair share of crooks and frauds. Just watch any episode of MFI: Medical Fraud Investigators on Discovery Health Channel. So you have to
do your due diligence on any clinic - no matter where it is located.
In that context, I wanted to mention Argentina's attractiveness as a destination for plastic surgery. Since it is a Spanish speaking country, the
cosmetic surgeons there have been more aggressively courting
the Latino population in the United States that is now discovering plastic surgery. Plenitas has launched a business that provides several medical-tourism packages for Argentina. What attracted my attention was their Breast Implant & Tango Package that includes private tango dance lessons with
(not approved in the United States but likely to be approved
soon). "The highlight of this package is a “new you” and a tango dinner dance show at the world famous La Esquina de Carlos Gardel,” the company says.
Now among the Latin American countries, it is indeed true that Mexico, Argentina, and Chile are truly great destinations for vacation, particularly if you enjoy art and culture. They are large, relatively more modern, and somewhat safe. But as always, I am somewhat
anything trivial like vacation and tango with plastic
surgery. What I know is that being in the operation room even for a few hours takes away a lot of energy from you and the
best way to recover is to relax - not dance. I think Tango is a great dance and we should all travel to Argentina to
learn it and enjoy it, but my recommendation is that it is a
stupid idea to combine vacation with
And a word of warning to
Hispanic interested in plastic surgery
abroad. Florida plastic surgeon Jorge A. Perez recently said that you should beware of discount cosmetic procedures done by substandard doctors no matter where they are. "The Latin community loves plastic surgery," Perez said. "But very often, they're not as careful [as other Americans]. ... They have a
naïve trust of anyone in a white coat." In other words, just because Argentina is a Spanish speaking country, do not underestimate the power of research prior to your decision to go under the knife.
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