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28-Year-Old New York Woman Dies After Plastic Surgery in the Dominican Republic

Please read this Plastic Surgery Smart Brief if you are thinking about going to a foreign country to have cosmetic surgery because it is cheaper. Your life may depend on it.

 Plastic Surgery SmartBrief 
“A 28-year-old New York woman died following plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic, prompting authorities to close the operating room where she was treated. The State Department’s website cites several similar cases, and the CDC issued an alert last month after receiving reports that at least 19 women developed mycobacterial wound infections after receiving cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic. Even if doctors in other countries are certified, staff and facilities might not meet U.S. standards, warns plastic surgeon Braun Graham, past president of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons.”

In the US, office-based operating rooms are usually certified (and you should always ask your surgeon if his or hers is).  In this country, board-certified plastic surgeons practice at a very high standard. Standards can vary in foreign countries.  Is losing your life worth saving a few dollars? Even in the best foreign facility has an excellent safety record, patients may develop a post-operative complication.  Here are some questions you should ask yourself before becoming a plastic surgery tourist:

  • What will you do if you have an urgent problem and you have already returned home?
  • Are you going to go back to that foreign country to have your complication cared for?
  • Could your condition become life-threatening because you can’t get back in a reasonable amount of time?
  • Who will take care of you here?

Here’s my advice. Have surgery where you live, it is safer. 

You can read more about it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/31/beverly-brignoni-dies-plastic-surgery-dominican-republic_n_5062327.html