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Monday, April 21, 2014

Cheap Cosmetic Surgery in the Dominican Republic is Dangerous and Deadly -- Is It Worth the Low Price to Be Drop-Dead Gorgeous?

Cheap Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery, once the luxury of only Hollywood movie stars and other elites, is now being performed on anyone and anybody who has the money. Unfortunately, it is also luring people who are looking for a bargain, taking them to countries where people can get cosmetic procedures done at a fraction of what they would pay in the U.S. But, it could cost them their life.

Low-cost cosmetic surgery in the Dominican Republic and other countries is dangerous

Clinics are popping up in countries outside the U.S., getting in on the lucrative cosmetic surgery industry. They are luring Americans who can't afford U.S. prices and are getting many clients to come. Countries such as Dominican Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica and Thailand all have clinics that specialize in cosmetic procedures. The cost in the Dominican Republic is about one third of U.S. prices. The price is the big draw. But is it safe?

The CDC has already issued warnings

No, it's not safe at all. Infections resulting from procedures like liposuction, tummy tucks and breast implants have resulted in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishing health alerts for cosmetic surgeries performed in the Dominican Republic where more than 1,000 cosmetic surgeries were done in 2013. And recently, a 28-year old woman from New York died after having a tummy tuck and liposuction in the Dominican Republic, the result of a massive pulmonary embolism or blood clot.

The risk is too great

Infection seems to be a huge risk in having cosmetic surgery done at overseas clinics. The doctor may be well qualified and experienced, but the risk involves medical staff who may not be as experienced or have enough training. Other risks include infection caused by bacteria due to contamination. These are the milder risks. The real danger is having surgery performed by unqualified, unlicensed, inexperienced unethical practitioners who are clearly taking advantage of those who come to them to improve their appearance. It is just not worth the risk to end up disfigured, infected, or dead.

The bottom line is that some bargains are not a bargain at all.

To see the official health warning from the CDC about the Dominican Republic, visit:
www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6309a5.htm
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