Once more, there is a young woman from United States who has lost her life as a result of getting plastic surgery abroad. A 23 year old died after she traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for a liposuction. Unfortunately, this is the fourth death in the last 4 months at a clinic in the Dominican Republic.

Sadly, as per a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014, 19 women from the US developed complications and infections after undergoing cosmetic surgery in the Dominican Republic. For the uninitiated, the allure of getting cosmetic surgery abroad and recuperating in the serenity of the Caribbean overshadows the risks involved with medical tourism.

In most instances, these cosmetic clinics in Mexico, Dominican Republic or Philippines do not follow the same strict safety guidelines like the ones in Portland, Oregon or any other city in the US. The result is higher complications with less than desired outcomes. Additionally, since the clinic is located thousands of miles away, most patients miss out on the essential follow up evaluations after their procedure.

These follow up appointments post-surgery are imperative, since it ensures that healing is appropriate and any complications are prevented. In the absence of this, patients who experience any complication must seek out another cosmetic surgeon wherever else they are residing. This adds to their costs, time and undoubtedly increasing frustration where they should have been enjoying the many benefits of their results.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery in the Vancouver, Washington or Portland, Oregon area, your most important decision should be selecting a surgeon you can trust and who is board certified and well experienced. The American Board of Plastic Surgery urges that you do not take your cosmetic surgery procedure lightly and ensure you research well before you decide on surgery, be it anywhere in the world.