March 5, 2024

… and of foreign cosmetic surgeons

Many Florida women who seek bargain-priced cosmetic surgery in Latin America are returning with scarred bodies and infected wounds, according to the Miami Herald. Shonky doctors offering discount surgery often fly to southern Florida and book women in for surgery after hotel room consultations. Local doctors say that the problem is increasing because of the Florida’s beauty culture and the popularity of TV make-over shows. “It’s almost a healthcare crisis,” says Dr Seth Thaller, the head of the University of Miami’s plastic and reconstructive surgery division. The head of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr Joao Sampaio Goes, of Brazil, says that low-cost surgery means low-quality care. “Good doctors don’t have to advertise directly to the public.”