Plastic and cosmetic surgery Costa Rica´s Medical Tourism Technological advances Plastic Surgeons

Do you fancy a change?

Revista Entretenimiento 2 e, April, 2004

The practice that was traditionally reserved for few people - among them celebrities and jet set characters - is nowadays a common trend, increasingly used with less reserve, to such extent that almost all of us know somebody that had undergone one we are talking about plastic surgery.

Modern techniques have got us closer to the scalpel to achieve the unachievable. From treatments with Botox to abdomen reduction, aesthetic changes are around the corner.

One of the most required surgeries is liposculpture or liposuction, used when diets and exercises are no longer enough. The idea is to remove the unwanted fat cells deposits from the body. For doctor Rashi Rosenstock from the Rosenstock Lieberman Clinic and the Centro Internacional de Caroga Plastica [International Center of Plastic Surgery], the most common technique is practiced with local anesthesia since it reduces risks and increases the possibilities of success.

Abdomen reduction surgery or abdominoplasy is also one of the most requested techniques. With it, abdomen firmness is achieved through the stretching of the muscles of that area.

In spite of the fact that both seek to give the patient a slimmer appearance, the truth is that, according to Rosenstock, these procedures are not a treatment for obesity but they are used to contour the body. Takes notes because you will not reduce your weight but centimeters in your size.

Breast augmentation is also quite requested not only by Costarricans but also by foreigners, since the quality of surgery practiced in our country, together with the advantageous costs, make Costa Rica an ideal destination for medical tourism.

However, if surgery is still a very radical change for you, science has also made available to patients time-defying methods to give back the beauty that years have taken away. Proof of this is a modern medication known as Botox, which allows you to get rid of expression wrinkles on your face without many setbacks and almost instantly.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life…

Because there is always someone who wants to look good, other common tendencies in surgical procedures are

  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Breast augmentation and reduction
  • Nose surgery
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Chin liposuction
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hair transplant
  • Ear surgery
  • Lip surgery


Something more than looking good!

 When performing a surgery apart from the physical change, the patient undergoes an important emotional change, as they are not only changing their nose, their abdomen or their legs, the way in which the patient sees himself or herself and the way they will relate to others is changed. Psychologist Silvia Avendaño associates this practice with a change in self-esteem that is reflected even in labor growth. “A good physical appearance and a good self-esteem generate a better quality of life and greater personal achievements for my patients”, this was pointed out by the plastic surgeon when he referred to the satisfaction these operations give him.

Media Coverage

July 30, 2003

Combining surgery with R&R

Privacy, low cost makes Costa Rica a hot destination for tummy tucks

“I needed a tummy tuck,” said Burns, 55, who began contacting plastic surgeons in the Atlanta area where she lives. On a Budget, she wanted a breakdown of the costs (surgery, anesthesia, hospital stay, etc.) and a total, but doctors would only give estimates. When one estimate hit $18,000, Burns took her research to the internet, and soon surfed her way to an obesity surgery site group on Yahoo
( ). “And that,” she said, is where I heard about Costa Rica.”

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