2. Post-Baby Cosmetic Procedures
A “mommy make-over” is popular among women who have recently given birth and want to restore their bodies to pre-baby shape. Typically, this involves plastic surgery to remove droopy skin particularly for the breasts and abdominal area. According to Docshop, a mommy makeover can cost between $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the procedures done — like a tummy tuck, face lift or liposuction.
A tummy tuck costs around $4,500 in Mexico compared to $8,000 in the U.S., according to Medical Tourism. A flight to Mexico costs anywhere from $300 to $3,000, which still makes it worthwhile to travel to Mexico or another Latin country where the same procedures can cost up to 89 percent less, according to Cheaper Cosmetic Surgery Abroad.
The standards of care in other countries might not be as high as those in the U.S., said Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, a world-renowned plastic surgeon in Boston. The risks of complications, infections or dissatisfaction with the results should be carefully weighed against any savings.