Why plastic surgery in Colombia?

Colombia has become a hot spot for cosmetic tourism, where foreigners travel there to get a nip here and a tuck there

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“Colombia is known for the quality of the experience, We are focused on customer service and take great care of our clients. We have a high quality of aftercare where our doctors—not nurses as in most cases—interact directly with our patients.” Lina Triana, MD

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Vacations packages offering such physical transformations are being promoted by travel agents and plastic surgeons in Colombia. About 500,000 thousand cosmetic operations are performed in the country annually—the second-highest number in South America (following Brazil)

Although there is no specific data on how many visitors come to the country to carry out plastic surgery, Colombian immigration estimated that the number of tourists who declared the reason for their trip as medical reasons has multiplied by 50 times over the last eight years to date, in their latest survey.

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According to the American magazine Mother Jones, approximately 500,000 plastic surgeries are performed in Colombia each year, the second highest number in Latin America after Brazil…

“People that came here were seeking lower prices for aesthetic plastic surgery procedures, but this has changed throughout the years […] because they can find good plastic surgeons, good surgery centers, and a better overall environment, they come here not only for the price, as was the case 15 years ago, but for the quality of the experience,”

Plastic surgery tourism in Colombia: an increasing trend

Plastic surgery in Colombia is big business. Ranked at number 11 worldwide for the total number of procedures, the country is targeting medical tourism as a possible area of further economic expansion.

Plastic surgery is one of the largest sectors of health tourism in Colombia. The International Society of Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) reported that just under a fifth of plastic surgery patients in Colombia are foreigners, amounting to around 100,000 foreign patients in Colombia undergoing plastic surgeries in 2016.

Plastic surgery in Colombia

Waiting lists tend to be much shorter here, meaning that patients may go from first contact to having their surgery within a matter of weeks, or even days. Many also chose to combine their surgery with a short holiday, enjoying a few days in important tourist centers such as Cartagena after their procedure.

An estimated 40,000 trips to Colombia are made annually for such a purpose, with liposuction and breast augmentation being the most popular sorts of surgery requested by foreigners.

The country occupies the sixth place in breasts surgical procedures, reveals report of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Isaps.

86.3% of the interventions are performed in women and in them the most requested are breast augmentation, liposuction, eyelids, fatty grafts and abdominoplasty, in order. In what has to do with men (13.7%), what they ask most are eyelids, rhinoplasty, gynecomastia and fatty graft.

Colombia is in the top 10 of the plastic surgeries in the world

As for the number of certified plastic surgeons, Colombia is the eleventh country in the world, ahead of countries such as France, Italy, Spain or even the United Kingdom.

The number 1 continues to be liposuction or liposculpture, although breast augmentation does not go very far. Botox and hair removal are confirmed as aesthetic procedures that do not require surgery, most performed in Colombia.

Most practiced plastic surgery in Colombia and the world

Medical tourism is nothing new, and can be an excellent path for individuals who are interested in treatments such as liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery, rhinoplasty, and more. Plastic surgery procedures conducted in state-of-the-art facilities in Colombia are safe and efficient.

Plastic Surgery in Colombia

Since 2010, the year in which the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (Isaps) began to analyze how many procedures of this type are performed annually in the world, Colombia has always been among the top 10 with the largest number.

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“In Colombia we make 3.3% of global interventions and 159,629 non-surgical procedures, which represent 2.5% of the total”

“Initially Colombians were living abroad but nowadays we have people who do not even speak Spanish and who decide to travel to Colombia because quality surgeries are practiced by qualified plastic surgeons and specialized centers”

In this way, aesthetic tourism has begun to take shape as a business in cities such as Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Barranquilla, which receive a large part of the flow of visitors.

Colombia, an international destination valued for plastic surgery

What started as a trend among Colombians living abroad — who would return to Colombia to receive plastic surgery — has now become common practice for foreigners seeking plastic surgery at a lower price and higher quality than is available back home. According to the American magazine Mother Jones, approximately 500,000 plastic surgeries are performed in Colombia each year, the second highest number in Latin America after Brazil.

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