Cosmetic surgery in Dominican Republic

surgery, plastic surgery, cosmetic surgeryIt’s a topic we’ve covered before, but it’s worth repeating. Cheaper plastic surgery is not always a better value. In fact, it can be unsafe. Case in point: the CDC has issued an alert about this issue. The alert stems from cases in the Dominican Republic. Let’s take a look at the details.

Plastic Surgery Problems from the Dominican Republic

One of the most recent cases to come to light was that of Beverly Brignoni. She went from New York to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic procedures. The idea is that it’s a cheaper alternative, even with the airfare. However, Brignoni died from a pulmonary embolism during her procedures. Now her family wants to know what happened. They want to know if this could have been prevented.

Initial local investigations found unsafe conditions in the operating room. There was bacteria present. They were not following all of the local sanitary regulations. There’s also a question of whether the team operated on Brignoni too soon after her flight. (Flying can create higher embolism risk since blood doesn’t circulate as well).

This was just one case example; there are many more.

While it is rare for cosmetic procedures to be fatal, it does happen. And this is not the first time in the Dominican Republic. They have a growing cosmetic surgery industry. In fact, last year there were more than 1, 000 procedures done there. The majority were done for foreigners coming into the country. This trend means more and more people are going there to save money on procedures. The idea is that the procedure costs less and can be combined with a resort-style vacation to recover. But, as we just noted, it’s not always a savings and can be costly and dangerous. Many people have faced problems, prompting the CDC has issued an alert on the matter.

CDC Issues Alert : Dominican Republic Surgery

The Centers for Disease Control issued a statement in March. It noted that many US citizens have gone to the Dominican Republic for surgery and have had complications. A few have died as a result. Their data shows that at least 19 women have reported serious health problems upon their return. These women went for lipo, tummy tucks, and implants. But they came back with infections. These infections were likely caused by contaminated equipment.

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