Plastic Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico

Plastic surgery in Tijuana, Mexico has become a booming business because lifestyles in the United States and Canada are now demanding more of it. Mushrooming of numerous healthcare centers in Mexico having state-of-the-art infrastructure, along with the availability of low cost plastic surgery in Mexico, has contributed to giving a boost to the number of international patients flocking to Mexico for cosmetic surgeries. Don’t be surprised if you come across someone traveling to Mexico to undergo liposuction or face lifts!

According to the statistics of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgeons (ASAPS), “since 1997, there has been over 155% increase in the total number of cosmetic procedures. Surgical procedures increased by more than 71%, and nonsurgical procedures increased by 228%.”

senior-woman-having-cosmetic-surgery-injectionsThe Boston Globe reported that demand for plastic surgery in Tijuana, as well as other medical procedures has “sparked a boom in hospital construction in and around Tijuana.”

Demand for procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, face lifts and reconstructive surgery is growing substantially.  Costs of plastic surgery in the United States are out of reach of most average citizens.  Waiting lists in Canada are very long.

Plastic surgery in Tijuana, however, can be one-third lower in cost, with comparable standards.  Many plastic surgeons in Mexico and specifically in Tijuana are members of both the Mexican Association of Plastic Surgery and the International Society for Plastic Surgeons. Besides, thanks to the a large number of plastic surgery enthusiasts from the neighboring US flocking to Tijuana for undergoing low cost cosmetic surgery, plastic surgeons in Tijuana have thorough experience of treating international patients.

Types of plastic surgery offered in Tijuana

Plastic surgery is usually the term for reconstructive surgery.  This corrects birth defects or disfigurement due to accident or illness.  Cosmetic surgery most often describes elective surgery to enhance beauty or appearance.  Many people however, use either term to describe both types of surgery.

Plastic surgery in Tijuana, as well as cosmetic surgery can be easily performed on all healthy people who request it.

In 2010 the top five plastic surgery procedures most commonly requested in the U.S. were:

  • Tumor removal.
  • Laceration repair.
  • Scar revision.
  • Hand surgery.
  • Breast reconstruction.

The top five cosmetic surgeries were:

  • Breast augmentation.
  • Nose reshaping.
  • Eyelid surgery.
  • Liposuction.
  • Tummy tuck.

Things to do while recovering from plastic surgery in Tijuana

One major advantage of having plastic surgery in Mexico is that one gets to bask in the beauty and sunshine of this vibrant country.  Any reason for a tourist to travel to Mexico is also a reason to enjoy Tijuana. You may get a medical tourism package that includes the surgery, aftercare, hospital and hotel accommodations.

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  • Playas de Tijuana beach resort.
  • Golfing at semi-private clubs.
  • Revolucion Ave, which has hundreds of shops and markets with beautiful and inexpensive leather, pots, jewelry, blankets and many Mexican crafts.
  • Fine dining at many restaurants, including Cien Anos, an award-winning 100-year-old restaurant.
  • Nightclubs with Mexican entertainment.
  • The Tijuana Wax Museum.
  • Greyhound racing.
  • Bullfights.

Crime in Tijuana

The U.S. Travel Alert does warn that parts of Tijuana can be dangerous.  The Mexican government values tourism and tries to protect visitors at all costs.  However, there is a serious, illicit drug problem in most of the northern cities of Mexico that border the United States.

Tourists are advised to remain in the tourist areas, if on foot and not to flash their wallets because pickpockets are watching.  If tourists need to leave the tourist areas, they should do so in a taxi.

Many of the clinics and hospitals dealing with medical tourists provide shuttle service to and from the airport and U.S. border.

Why travel for plastic surgery in Tijuana?

  • First class surgery, hospitals and aftercare.
  • Tijuana plastic surgery costs are easily half or even less, after including travel and hotel.
  • Beautiful, lush, exciting places to visit.
  • No waiting list.

Thousands of Americans are already flocking to Mexico for a wide variety of medical needs, and plastic surgery in Tijuana is among the most sought procedures.  It is a beautiful place to while away post-surgery blues and indulge in the care of warm, friendly, and accommodating people.


Mexico Health  facilitates affordable medical treatments at various hospitals in Mexico. For more information, submit the estimate–request form on the right.