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Traveling for Cosmetic Surgery: Is It Worth It?

Posted October 12, 2018 in Traveling for Cosmetic Surgery

Many patients research the benefits of medical tourism before they make a decision for cosmetic surgery. Traveling for cosmetic surgery has a significant appeal, especially in the financial sense because the cost for cosmetic surgery varies greatly depending on the geographic location of the medical facility. Patients should consider not only the overall cost but also the skill set of the surgeon and his or her expertise in the procedure.

Depending on a few factors, it may be worth the investment to travel to a place that will give you the results you really desire. Here are a few things to consider before you settle your travel arrangements:

Surgeon Expertise

The cost of cosmetic surgery may be cheaper in more rural areas or outside of the country, but much of the time, the quality of results matches the cost of the procedure. Patients should be sure their surgeon is board certified and that he has plenty of experience in the desired procedure. Membership in professional associations, such as the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Surgeons also showcase the doctor’s commitment to ideal patient results. Dr. Careaga is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and he holds certifications in advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Before and after photos of the surgeon’s past patients as well as reviews by peers and patients alike will help you to know if you are choosing a reputable, trustworthy surgeon. Dr. Careaga has been voted among the top five plastic surgeons in Florida by his patients and peers for five years in a row. He has performed over 8,000 cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures and has the experience needed to provide the best results.



Safety is a primary concern when considering traveling for cosmetic surgery. The Joint Commission grants a gold seal of accreditation to hospitals and surgery centers that meet the federal requirements for equipment and facility safety, cleanliness, and continued education for medical staff members. This seal guarantees that the practice is committed to providing quality patient care. Careaga Plastic Surgery has been awarded the gold seal as it continues to meet the rigorous requirements for Joint Commission accreditation renewal to sustain its upstanding reputation in the Miami area and to continue to provide the best quality results for their patients.

State-of-the-Art Technology

If you choose a facility and surgeon who provides services with the latest equipment and laser technology, it is a good reason to travel to this facility. State-of-the-art equipment offers more accuracy, safety, and efficiency so that the patient is pleased with the quality of care and the end result. Careaga Plastic Surgery uses the latest technologies, such as laser-based equipment, to perform procedures that result in safe and aesthetically pleasing results.

If you are interested in traveling to Miami, Fla., for your cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure, please call (305) 960-7511 or fill out our online contact form.


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