Mexico has long been recognized for its diverse, warm tropical climate, relaxing beaches and beautiful celebrities such as Anthony Quinn, Eduardo Verastagui and Salma Hayek. More Americans are now looking to Mexico for their own beauty options, as Mexico is the most popular destination for U.S. medical tourists seeking cosmetic treatments
According to a study from the journal Medical Care, about 1 million Californians travel to Mexico each year for medical care. The U.S. State Dept reports over a million U.S. citizens live in Mexico and approximately 10 million Americans visit annually.
The most popular medical tourism destinations are those located across the US border, in cities like Tijuana, Mexicali and Laredo. International patients in Mexico are usually offered their own private room and face-to-face personal interaction with their doctor or surgeon. Hospitals and clinics are equipped with up-to-date technology, well-trained doctors and ‘on-hand’ medical staff to cater to all types of medical tourists.
The most common treatments sought in Mexico by medical tourists include:
- Cosmetic surgery
- Aesthetic procedures (Botox, etc)
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Orthopedic surgery
- Bariatric surgery
- Eye surgery
- Cardiac surgery
As of December 2012, there were 12 JCI Joint Commission International (JCI) Accredited medical centers in Mexico.
In addition, Mexico has the third highest number of surgeons affiliated to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) after United States and Brazil.