Plastic surgery paradise

Posted on February 1st, 2010 by Michelle

virgin islands beachHow far would you go for a little plastic surgery? New York? Beverly Hills?

How about Brazil? Or Lebanon? Southeast Asia is big with the Brits.

Yes, cosmetic tourism (psst, that doesn’t mean visiting the Estee Lauder factory and outlet) is incredibly popular internationally and gaining attention in the U.S. In fact, Brazil and Lebanon are getting so popular, those destinations are beginning to market themselves as “Nip/Tuck and Tan” destination spots. Come for the surgery, stay for the sand and sun.

There’s no question the United States is and will remain the cosmetic enhancement capital, but the same surgeries done overseas can cost 50-75 percent less. That’s like getting the implants and throwing in a rhinoplasty. Of course you have to factor in the cost of traveling, but it’s just one more vacation activity. Whale watch? No, I think I’ll try the water-liposuction.

Also on the plus side, more surgeons in other countries are becoming as skilled as their counterparts in America.  They would argue that they always have been and we’re just becoming more aware of it. And of course, if you go on “vacation,” who’s to know you “had a little work done”?

Golly Gina, it looks like Rio was really good for you! You look so well rested … it’s taken years off your face!

The Brazilian plastic surgery biz took a bit of a hit in February when Tameka Foster Raymond, the wife of R&B singer Usher, went into cardiac arrest before liposuction.  But that was coming on the heels of the black eye the industry took in November of 2007 after the death of rapper Kanye West’s mother, Donda, in California.

Both women were poor candidates for the procedures they were having – Foster Raymond recently gave birth and West had a history of high blood pressure and a family history of heart disease.  As it turns out, neither incident seems to have had a chilling effect on the number of people going under the knife.

Those incidents do underscore the importance of doing your homework – knowing the risks of the procedures and picking an experienced, qualified surgeon, be it in Brazil or the Hills of Beverly.  A quack is a quack in any language.

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