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Why Americans are heading to Mexico for cosmetic surgery

Cost is one—but only one—advantage of medical tourism

In numbers never seen before, Americans looking for affordable cosmetic surgery are heading south of the border.

The most obvious reason, of course, is cost. Choosing Mexico for cosmetic procedures, few of which are covered by insurance, can save you big. Just look at these sample comparisons:

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Hair transplant

Tattoo removal

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Ease of body. Peace of mind

But savings aside, medical tourism makes great sense on many levels.

If you’ve ever undergone a medical procedure, it’s unlikely you have fond memories of your recovery. The word that probably comes to mind is “ordeal”—bored, missing work, laid up at home, possibly in pain or discomfort.

While being a medical tourist in Mexico doesn’t automatically make your recovery less physically painful, it can certainly minimize the inconvenience and stress. A deluxe hotel, with housekeepers to tidy up and turn down your bed. Clean towels and crisp sheets. Restaurants in the lobby, cabanas by the pool, room service at your door. You’re essentially on a high-end vacation, surrounded in luxury and removed from the pressures of everyday life—psychological factors that can have a real impact on the speed and quality of your recovery.

Moreover, the best medical tourism companies will arrange sessions of yoga, meditation, massage, sauna and other wellness activities to relax and pamper you. goes a step further, actually assigning you a personal guide and travel companion. This “concierge,” an English and Spanish speaker with deep roots in the community, can book those wellness services on your behalf as well as recommending other local activities: shopping, cafes, outdoor markets, short hikes, festivals and more. Amenities like these can make your recovery more tranquil, anxiety-free and, yes, even enjoyable—less like an ordeal and more like a bona fide vacation.

The low-cost vacation of a lifetime

And of course, that vacation comes at dramatically lower cost—in many cases it’s essentially free—given that the price of your flight and hotel are often offset by the money you save on your medical procedure. It’s no accident, therefore, that most medical tourism is centered in parts of the world that are already popular getaway destinations. Medical tourism could be your chance, maybe your only chance, to indulge a lifelong travel fantasy.

Mivera, for example, has three sites in spectacular coastal Mexico: Cancun, Puerta Vallarta and Los Cabos. Few places are more beautiful or serene.

Cancun is the jewel of the Yucatan Peninsula, the perfect setting for an idyllic wellness experience. Beyond its pristine beaches, fine restaurants and abundant shopping lie many lesser-known pleasures: bustling markets, town squares and picturesque plazas filled with live music and local handicrafts.

Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most dazzling coastal destinations. Stroll the famous Malecon promenade lined with quirky shops and stylish restaurants. Marvel at the countless species of birds, orchids, and wildlife. Or just idle the day away relaxing in a beach-side cabana.

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is a favorite of international jetsetters and Hollywood elites. Roam the local neighborhoods, relax on sun-splashed beaches or luxuriate by your hotel pool—all against the dramatic backdrop of the Baja California desert.