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


As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun and stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jawline grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. These changes occur at different rates in different people, and are unavoidable.

Not long ago, a facelift was considered by many to be reserved for movie stars and celebrities. Today, a facelift, or rhytidectomy, is not just for the rich and famous. It is one of the most well-accepted and most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the world. Early facelift operations tightened only the skin, placing all the tension on the suture line. This stress frequently widened the scars, making them and, indeed, the facelift operation very obvious. Since the skin has an amazing capacity for expansion, results were not only less than optimal, they were also short lived and many times with the appearance of an overdone mask.

With a better understanding of anatomy, the tension in a facelift operation has been transferred to the deeper anatomical layers. Therefore, no excessive tension is applied to the skin leaving the natural beauty of the individual.

Today the main goal of a facelift procedure is to give a younger and fresher look preserving the natural characteristics of the patient.

Additional procedures, such as sub mental liposuction, forehead lifting, eyelid surgery, or fat transfer can be performed at the same time to effect a more complete facial rejuvenation.


The operation is performed by making incisions within the hairline above and behind the ear, and in the natural creases area just in front of the ear. By making the incisions in these locations, healing occurs with virtually undetectable scars. The skin is lifted outward and the underlying muscles and tissues are red re-traped and tightened.

Excess skin is removed, and if required excess fat is aspirated from the neck and jawline areas to define these areas better. The skin is sutured without tension, to ensure the finest scars possible that would lead to a virtually undetectable scar.

The operation is done under local anesthesia and sedation. In most of the cases you'll spend the night at our center, being discharged the following day with professional nursing care.


The bandage is removed the following day and patients are then allowed to shower and wash the hair. Then another bandage is applied for 24hrs more to minimize swelling.

Patients usually feel and look okay surprisingly quickly after a facelift. There is usually very little pain. Bruises are usually gone by the end of the first week.

Although most of swelling disappears within the first two weeks, final results are seen at about 3 months after the surgery. Most people are able to return to their job by the second week with the help of camouflage.

If you are coming from abroad we advise you to stay for 8-10 days in our country.


Media Coverage

July 30, 2003

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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
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