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Why Do People Travel Out of the Country for Plastic Surgery? And Should You?

With the boom in plastic surgery procedures being performed all over the world, it’s no surprise that prices have also continued to go up. Between surgeons investing in new technologies and equipment, as well as continuing education and staff, the price of a plastic surgery procedure in the United States may seem a little out of reach when compared to other countries.

Because of this we’ve seen an uptick in patients considering traveling out of the United States to seek better prices on procedures. Plastic Surgery Tourism has become extremely popular as of late, but there are a few things to consider before buying that plane ticket.

Plastic Surgery Tourism

Countries like Mexico, India, Turkey, Thailand, and Brazil currently rank amongst the highest countries for plastic surgery tourism. These countries offer a variety of packages and price points that may seem hard to beat when it comes to plastic surgery, but it’s important to do your research before planning one of these trips.


One of the main reasons that people travel for plastic surgery procedures is due to the cost of certain procedures in the United States.

Because the cost of education, training, and equipment in the U.S., the surgical prices tend to reflect those costs which makes them a little more expensive. In addition to that, the cost of living is higher here, which means people are willing to spend a little more money, thus the doctors can charge more.

While you may be enticed by the cheapest pricing, you also need to be aware of what you’re getting for that price. The training that doctors receive in some of these countries may not be held to as high of standards as here in the United States, and they may not come out of fully accredited medical schools.

That’s not to say that all doctors performing these procedures in foreign countries are going to be bad, it just means that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Vetting your doctor and the practice is extremely important when considering traveling for plastic surgery. Knowing the doctor’s medical history, accreditations, as well as talking to previous patients, are all things you should do before considering traveling for plastic surgery.

If you find a doctor charging $1000 for something that a local doctor is charging $5000, that should be an immediate red flag, or at least a sign that you need to do your research.

Procedures Unavailable in the U.S.

One of the other reasons that patients travel out of the United States is to seek out procedures that doctors won’t perform here.

With celebrity culture these days we hear a lot about different types of plastic surgery procedures and people going under the knife all the time, but what a lot of people don’t know is that not all procedures are allowed to be performed in the United States.

Because of this, people will travel out of the country to find a doctor that is willing to perform the surgery since they may not be held to the same regulations and requirements as U.S. surgeons.

And while it may seem like a red flag if the United States won’t allow certain procedures to be performed, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are bad, or the surgeons performing them are bad, it just means that through our strict approval process, the medical boards here have deemed certain procedures, or methods by which to perform them, unsafe or not researched enough.

The same goes for medicinal drugs and other forms of treatments. Some countries are more relaxed when it comes to allowing certain treatments to be used on humans, whereas the United States has stated that they haven’t gone through enough testing or gotten the proper approvals to be put into practice here.


In some cases, purchasing or acquiring certain technology in the United States may be more expensive than acquiring it in a foreign country. This, again, can be due to the regulations that the U.S. places on medical equipment as well as the cost to import things here that were produced elsewhere.

For example, Turkey has a very high rate of surgical tourism for men’s hair transplants because most of the clinics in Turkey utilize a more modern technique than those in the United States. And while there are more and more U.S. clinics moving over to the robot assisted FUE method of hair transplant here, a lot of them still utilize the old FUT strip method since the technology is still rather expensive. And because the technology needed to perform that method of transplant is so expensive, it means that pricing here in the states is going to be higher as well.

Should You Travel to a Foreign Country for Plastic Surgery?

Since we are based in the United States we’re obviously going to try and convince you that staying stateside is a better option than traveling overseas, or down south, for a medical procedure of any kind, especially a non-life saving one. But of course we understand that people like to research all of their options.

Because of this, we can’t stress enough how important it is to do your research before committing to plastic surgery tourism. Make sure you research the doctor, the practice, and all of the costs associated with the entire process.

If you are really considering traveling for a procedure, consider branching out and looking into other doctors and practices within the United States before you venture out to a country you’ve never visited.

We have patients travel to our offices from all over the country for plastic surgery procedures. We offer discounts on hotel accommodations and can help with all the travel arrangements. Dr. Adams is board certified and an expert in his field. He’s developed the 24-hour fast track recovery process that can help you get back to your everyday life as soon as possible.

Traveling for plastic surgery may save you a few bucks in the long run, but be sure to do your research before making a final decision.

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Live Streaming Plastic Surgery Procedures on Social Media

As society in general continues to move towards a more digital landscape, sharing and posting photos, videos, and information on social media continues to grow. Younger generations are using social media and the internet for things that the older generations could never have imagined. It’s truly amazing that most people have a device in their pockets, with them at all times, that can answer any question they may have, at any time.

With large social networks taking over the internet, and the spread of information becoming easy, and sometimes dangerous, it’s interesting to look to the future to see where we’re headed.

Today, most people use social media to keep in touch with friends and family members, to post photos and videos focusing on what they are doing, and even using these platforms to look for future life partners. Things that would have gotten you strange looks in the infancy of the internet are now the lifeblood of what the internet is.

It’s amazing and scary at the same time.

As we’ve seen all over the world as of late, information can spread extremely fast on social networks and it’s hard for some people to understand what is real and what is exaggerated or fake. We’ve seen this in the current political landscape as well as in the medical field.

Social media is a great tool to use as individuals and as businesses, but where do we draw the line? What sort of things should we be posting and what things should we reserve for private conversations?

There’s a fine line between truth and misinformation these days, as well as restraint when it comes to publishing certain things.

With that being said, more and more doctors and surgeons are moving into the social realm when it comes to communicating with patients and even trying to attract new patients.

Should Surgical Procedures Be Lived Streamed on Social Media?

Live streaming is becoming more and more popular as technology advances and people are looking for more ways to interact with people. Having the ability to share an experience with your followers or fans on social media brings are more personal touch to the idea of online interaction. But where do we draw the line?

There are many plastic surgeons in the country that broadcast their surgical procedures live on their social media channels for anyone to watch. This could be anything from a simple procedure all the way up to extensive surgery, but one fact remains, it’s not for everyone.

As a patient, would you find that watching a surgeon perform a procedure live would help you make a decision about whether or not to use that doctor, or to undergo that procedure for yourself?

As a doctor, are you comfortable enough, and trust yourself enough, to put yourself and your work out there for the world to see?

As doctors ourselves, we would hope that anyone live streaming their procedures would be highly skilled and highly capable of performing the surgeries to the best of their ability. We hope that all their techniques and the way they handle themselves, are conducive to the best results for the patient.

Surgical procedures can sometimes be more intense than a lot of people realize, but doctors understand what they can and cannot do to a patient in order to achieve the best results with the least amount of side effects. There are also challenges that can arise during surgery that may not be suitable to show viewers on social media.

In certain cases we can see why it would be important to broadcast a surgery across the internet, but live streaming every surgery, or random surgeries, has a lot of risk involved. We don’t recommend always live streaming surgical procedures unless they are intended for private training viewers. The public doesn’t always understand what goes into surgeries and it could land you in hot water with the patient and could even be used in court if something were to go wrong.

Social Media and Plastic Surgery

Social media is a great way to attract potential patients and to show off your work, but we recommend sticking to photos and pre-recorded videos as opposed to live demonstrations. While we don’t condone editing or manipulating the images and videos that you show on your website, there’s so much that can go wrong, or be misconstrued, in a live video when compared to picking and choosing what shows up on your website and social channels.

If you’re looking for other ways to engage your followers, or possible future patients, live streaming does have its pros though. Answering questions from people live, or talking about different procedures using images and diagrams, is a great way to utilize live streaming without having to show the actual surgery.

Finding new and innovative ways to use social media in the medical setting can help set you apart from other doctors, but live streaming surgical procedures can open you up to a lot of the negative aspects of the internet, which may have the opposite effect you’re trying to accomplish.

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How to Deal with Massive Weight Loss and Loose Skin

The goal of plastic surgery is to be able to help yourself look and feel your best, but plastic surgery isn’t the only option. Eating healthy and exercise are both great ways to help shed unwanted pounds and get your body back into shape.

When you start eating healthier and working out the pounds will start to fall off if you stick with it. Your body will start to feel better, you’ll have more energy, and you won’t feel as worn down as you might have in the past.

But depending on how much weight you plan on dropping, you could run into an issue that a lot of people face, loose skin.

Why Does Loose Skin Happen?

Loose skin is something that happens when you gain a lot of weight and then lose it. When you’re gaining weight, your skin stretches out to accommodate the added layers of fat that your body is developing, which in turn causes the skin to lose its elasticity.

After gaining the weight and then working to lose the weight, a lot of people notice that the skin that expanded while they were gaining weight, did not tighten up and go back to how it was after losing the weight.

Because the skin has lost its elasticity through the weight gain process, it is impossible for it to regain the strength it needs to be tight against the body again once you lose the weight. Because of this plastic surgery is often required to remove the excess skin that has formed.

Treating Loose Skin

There are non-surgical ways to help treat loose skin, but in the case of major weight loss, surgery is going to give you the best results.

Minor skin tightening can be achieved through procedures like CoolSculpting and SkinTyte, but these cannot help with large areas of loose skin.

Loose skin in the stomach, face, legs, and arms are best treated with skin removal surgery. This procedure will physically remove the loose skin from your body while helping you achieve the tight, fit, look you are striving for. It can also help remove stretch marks that may have developed due to the stretching of the skin.

There are a few downsides to having loose skin corrected via plastic surgery though.

Loose Skin Surgery Downsides

The biggest downside to having loose skin repaired is that oftentimes when you lose a significant amount of weight, you end up having loose skin in multiple places across your body. You’ll most likely end up with large amounts of loose skin around your mid-section, breasts, under arms and even your legs.

Because this loose skin is spread out across your body, it will require multiple surgical procedures in order to fix everything. This can be time consuming and painful to go through, but in the long run it will help boost your self esteem and help you feel better about the new body you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

The other downside of having your loose skin removed is that while the loose skin will no longer be on your body, the existing skin will still not have the same elasticity that it did previously.

Think of it like a rubber band. The more you stretch out a rubber band the less elastic the rubber band becomes. And no matter what you do to the rubber band after that, there’s no good way to return it to its original form. This is how our skin reacts to stretching as well.

Your doctor will be able to help explain what you should expect from the surgery based on your specific case. Every person is different in how they react to large amounts of weight loss. Some people develop loose skin in their face some in their mid-section, and some in your breasts. This is why it’s important to discuss all your options with your doctor to help manage expectations and get you the best results possible.

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Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedure for Millennials

As plastic surgery becomes more commonplace and accepted within the ranks of society, there’s one group that has embraced it more than any other, millennials.

The number of millennials opting for plastic surgery recently continues to grow and outpace those of the generation 56 years and older, and it may surprise you as to what procedure millennials are requesting most often.

As we’ve discussed previously on our site, during the stay-at-home orders over the last couple years, because of COVID, more and more office workers have been forced to work from remote locations rather than go into an office. Because of these virtual interactions, workers have been forced to look at their own faces on their computer screen more often than normal.

Seeing your face in the mirror in the morning is one thing, but a lot of folks were forced to look at themselves for hours on end while attending these virtual meetings which has led to a shift in the age groups looking towards facial plastic surgery.

Rhinoplasty Is the Most Popular Plastic Surgery for People Under 34

Not breast augmentation and not liposuction, the most popular plastic surgery procedure for millennials under 34 is rhinoplasty (nose job).

Rhinoplasty is extremely common across all age groups, but the millennials have embraced it more than any other age group over the last few years.

There are a couple of reasons for this, one which we talked about above. With all of the ZOOM calls and video conferencing that people have had to do as the corporate landscape shifts towards remote work has forced people to look at themselves more often.

One of the other reasons that rhinoplasty is more popular amongst the 35 and under crowd is because the older age groups have begun to focus on more age-related forms of plastic surgery and non-surgical enhancements.

Rhinoplasty typically isn’t a procedure you have done to help with the anti-aging process. It’s not designed to get rid of wrinkles or to help your face appear more youthful, it’s designed to help reshape the nose and help with insecurities that the patient many feel about their nose. In some circumstances there are health conditions that can also be alleviated with a rhinoplasty procedure, but in general, this procedure is not used to help with anti-aging.

Anti-Aging Procedures

As patients get older their focus tends to change from correcting the features they were born with to trying to maintain the look they had when they were younger. The top procedures for women, overall, in 2021, were neurotoxins, fillers, and then rhinoplasty, while for men it was rhinoplasty, neurotoxins, and blepharoplasty. Hair transplants have also been gaining popularity over the last couple years amongst men.

Non-surgical procedures continue to gain popularity over traditional plastic surgery in a lot of areas as the technology proves to have great results. There are even non-surgical fillers that can help change the appearance of your nose in similar ways to what a rhinoplasty can do.

The problem with using fillers as a substitute for a rhinoplasty is that fillers are not permanent and can’t do all of the necessary reshaping that may be needed with some patients. Fillers will be absorbed by the body over time and will require follow-up/touch-up appointments to maintain the desired look.

A rhinoplasty is a permanent procedure that will help reshape and rebuild your nose to help create the look you want. They can be used in everything from shaving down bumps in the nose to changing the shape of the tip of the nose. These are things that fillers cannot accurately do without some sort of surgical intervention.

Plastic Surgery

Age is just a number when it comes to plastic surgery. Yes, there are some procedures that become riskier as you get older, but the overall goal of plastic surgery is to help you look and feel your best. Whether that means looking younger or just enhancing some of your lesser liked features, plastic surgery doesn’t care what age you are.

Just because millennials are having more nose jobs these days doesn’t mean that the over 40 group isn’t, it just means that the popularity of certain procedures is appealing to a younger generation. If you’re thinking about having plastic surgery and have questions, or would like to setup a consultation, contact us today at Dr. Adams Plastic Surgery. We’re here to help guide you in the process and ensure that you get the best care possible.

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What are the Hottest Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men [2022]

Plastic surgery numbers continue to grow year over year as technology advances, results become more natural looking, and pricing becomes a bit more affordable. The number of plastic surgery procedures available for patients is also growing. We’ve discovered different ways to perform the surgeries, which allow for less downtime and healing, as well as non-surgical procedures that can sometimes provide great results without having to go under the knife.

In general, women are more likely to seek out and undergo plastic surgery than men, but that doesn’t mean men aren’t looking for surgical options to enhance their appearance or help boost their self-esteem.

In 2019 92% of all cosmetic procedures were performed on women while only 8% were performed on men. This goes to show you just how many more women are having plastic surgery procedures when compared to men, but the number of men undergoing cosmetic procedures has been growing over the years.

Let’s take a look at just some of the plastic surgery procedures that men are having done as we move into the summer months.

Male Plastic Surgery

Even though the male and female body are different, it may surprise you to know that most males are seeking out plastic surgery that is very similar to what women are looking for. Men are focusing on their face and necks as well as recontouring of their body. This includes things like male breast reduction, liposuction and tummy tucks as well as brow and neck lifts as well as wrinkle reduction.

Brow Lift, Eyes, Face

The “zoom effect” has hit males just as much as it has hit females. Since everyone is sitting in front of their computers more often these days, and looking at themselves through their camera, they have noticed different imperfections that they don’t like in their face.

This has led to more men seeking out plastic surgery as well as non-surgical injectables to help rejuvenate their skin. This includes procedures like brow lifts, upper eye lifts and even liposuction around the cheeks and jawline.

There has also been an uptick in males receiving non-surgical injectables, like botox, to help smooth out their face and reduce wrinkles.

Neck Contouring

Going along with the facial surgery that males are undergoing, we’re also seeing a lot of males looking for neck contouring and rejuvenation. Sitting in front of that computer screen looking at yourself on video calls all the time has made people notice their jawlines and necks a lot more.

As you get older the skin in your neck begins to lose elasticity and starts to stretch out more than it did when you were younger. A lot of people feel that this is a trait that makes you look even older than you are, so a neck lift and/or neck contouring can help a great deal with this.

Tightening the skin in the neck can help give you a more pronounced jawline while also giving you a more youthful look. 

Skin Reduction/Tummy Tuck

With fitness and exercise becoming a huge part of a lot of people’s lives these days, more and more people are losing weight and getting into better shape. Losing weight can be an amazing feeling, but your body may not always look the way you want.

If you’ve lost a lot of weight then you might notice your skin hangs a little looser around your mid-section, which can be unsightly and embarrassing depending on how much skin is there. A lot of males these days are opting for skin reduction surgery to help eliminate this loose skin to help the appearance of their stomachs.

In addition to this, sometimes there’s just some stubborn fat that won’t disappear no matter how often you work out. In that case there are also tummy tucks available to help contour the mid-section to give you those abs you’ve always dreamed of.

Male Breast Reduction

And finally, while it may not seem like males are undergoing breast reduction surgery, you’d be surprised at how many of them are.

As you age your body begins to change and you may start to hold weight in different places than you did when you were younger. You may notice your breasts beginning to become a bit fattier than they once were.

Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia, is a great way to help reduce the amount of swelling in the breast area of males.

Plastic Surgery For Men

As plastic surgery becomes more accepted in society, and the results become more natural with updates in technology and procedures, more men are opting to have work done than ever before.

Plastic surgery is not just a female industry. If you are unhappy with something about your body, you deserve to look and feel good as well.