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The World's Top 10 Cities for Plastic Surgery

by Kevin Link

The World's Top 10 Cities for Plastic Surgery

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Global Survey estimates there are over 30,000 plastic surgeons performing 17 million plastic surgeries all over the world each year. Below is a list of ten cities offering some of top talent and best deals in the global plastic surgery market today.

1. Miami, USA - It wasn't some quirk of luck that brought TV drama “Nip/Tuck” to choose Miami as its backdrop; the southern city really is a hub for cosmetic transformations. A recent survey through the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that Miami has a whopping 18 plastic surgeons for every 100,000 residents over 18. The Cleveland Clinic, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the University of Miami Hospital, are just a few places one can go to receive world class surgical treatments.

2. New York, USA - New York City is the heart of American culture, technology, and innovation, and plastic surgery is no different. Nearly 600 plastic surgeons currently operate within Manhattan, and the metropolis is also home to nine major hospitals. This year New York’s own Dr. Matthew Schulman was picked one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America” in Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.'s 2012 guide, "America’s Top Doctors."

3 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city and home to the renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Ivo Pitanguy and his clinic, Clínica Ivo Pitanguy, where dozens of plastic surgeons train each year. Brazil as a country takes the award of most plastic surgeons per capita, with over 4,500 licensed plastic surgeons working in the country of 192 million people. Medical tourists flock to Rio for popular procedures such as tummy tucks, breast augmentations, face lifts and rhinoplasty, which usually run from $3,000 to $6,500.

4. Los Angeles, USA Home to Hollywood, Los Angeles knows a thing or two when it comes to enhancing appearances. Over a 134 Californian plastic surgeons made the peer rated “U.S. News List of Top Doctors,” 32 of which also made the “America’s Top Doctors” award as well. While it certainly won’t be the cheapest destination on the list, Los Angeles has state-of-the-art facilities that perform aesthetic enhancements on some of nation’s top celebrities.

5. Seoul, South Korea - Recent statistics posted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that South Korea is the world’s largest market for cosmetic surgery, with 20% of Korean women ages 19 to 49 having had at least one plastic surgery procedure. Seoul in particular is becomes a world destination for celebrity emulation plastic surgery, perhaps in correlation with the recent rise of South Korean pop music. South Korea is also a leader in technological innovation, with electronic health filing rapidly becoming the standard at all South Korean hospitals while most American and European hospitals are still mired in paper.

6. Dunyagoz, Turkey - Dunyagoz is known for its ophthalmology center but also boasts certified doctors in plastic surgery, laser eye surgery, and dental treatment. Turkey is a popular destination for cosmetic vacations because of its English speaking doctors, cut-rate medical prices, lavish beaches, and more JCI-accredited health care facilities than anywhere outside the USA. It is estimated that Turkey treats nearly a quarter of a million foreign patients each year.

7. Bangkok, Thailand - Each year the “Land of Smiles” brings in thousands of Americans looking for cosmetic procedures followed by relaxation at Thai plastic surgery centers. What puts Thai plastic surgery on par with some of the other places on this list is that many of their surgeons are certified by both American and Australian plastic surgery boards, all doctors and hospitals in Thailand are internally licensed by a medical council designed to mirror the standards of American Medical Council, and prices for many procedures are under 50% of what similar procedures net in the states.

8. San Jose, Costa Rica - With cosmetic procedure prices averaging 66% cheaper than in the states, Costa Rica has become a world plastic surgery destination. Helping matters is the fact that it’s only a seven to ten hour flight from most US cities and tourists do not need a visa to stay for up to ninety days, a good buffer time for plastic surgery recovery. Hospital Clinica Biblica and Hopsital CIMA are just two JCI-accredited hospitals that specifically that cater their medical expertise toward the international crowd.

9. Mumbai, India Home to the Cosmetic Surgery Institute, The Academy of Anti-Ageing, and headquarters for the Indian Society of Cosmetic Surgery, Mumbai has a lot of to offer those seeking hyper-affordable and professional plastic surgery. Approximately 500,000 foreign patients traveled to India for medical care in 2005, making foreign medical tourism a billion dollar industry in India.

10. Singapore, Singapore - This tiny nation of just over five million has a health care system ranked by the World Health Organization to be the 6th best in the world (USA is 37th). A $300 million dollar health center dubbed “The Biopolis” currently leads some of the world’s most advanced stem cell research beginning to be applied in some cosmetic procedures. Many qualified plastic surgeons and clinics can be found through the Singapore Association of Plastic Surgeons and Singapore General Hospital websites.

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