Is it Safe to Have a Breast Reduction Outside the United States?

Medical tourism has been getting a lot of press lately. The lure of having a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in a foreign land at a huge discount may seem tempting. There are tropical paradises that advertise surgery at greatly reduced rates and then tell you that you can recover on a beautiful beach. For a Marin County woman wanting a breast reduction, or a reduction mammoplasty, and she does not have health insurance coverage, this may have great appeal.

The Importance of A United States Plastic Surgeon

There are several things to consider here. Why is surgery so much less expensive? Most of these foreign countries do not require their doctors to have medical mal practice insurance, if anything goes wrong you have no protection. Hospitals and surgery centers may have questionable standards. Language and cultural barriers can make communicating frustrating. Another important consideration is if you have a complication from the surgery, then what will you do once you return home? If you are not able to return to your original surgeon, you are going to need to find a local breast reduction surgeon willing to see you, and this can be costly.

In order to avoid infection and scarring, it is important for the surgery patient to avoid the sun and water while recovering.

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Dr. Delgado has helped many individuals restore their self-confidence and improve their quality of life with plastic surgery. Schedule your consultation today by calling our office or filling out an online contact form.

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Dr. Miguel Delgado


Dr. Delgado, MD is a world-recognized plastic surgeon and specialist in the treatment of male breast enlargement, also called gynecomastia. He has developed new techniques and owns and operates, which has become the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. Dr. Delgado holds the two most coveted credentials; the certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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