Lisa, 51, a twice-divorced mother of three who did not want her last name used, enters Clinica San Antonio in Laredo Mexico June 18 2004. She was rejected for plastic surgery in Texas because of a heart condition. Lisa says she is depressed about her appearance and plans to under go an eye lift, face lift, arm lift, leg lift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and bladder lift — all for $8000.
Do you really want plastic surgery in Mexico? This story of a woman who went to Mexico for a cheap plastic surgery overhaul has images of a dirty operating room and ants on the sink. She set forward to do massive marathon plastic surgery after having been turned away in Texas because of a heart condition. Despite her problems with the schedule she had set for herself she is fortunate not to have been more severely injured. She apparently got infected in her tummy tuck wound and was given incorrect antibiotics by the Mexican clinician. Patients with heart conditions can be high risk for even moderate length surgical cases.
The pictures are kinda graphic. This story shows the world of the “chop shop” and illustrates exactly what you avoid by going with a reputable plastic surgeon. Safer smaller scale surgery might have been possible but at a much higher price tag in the US and over a longer time period.
If you are thinking of cheap third world plastic surgery, here is the story of a woman who did just that.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2006-08-31 15:55:00.