Top 10 Medical and Surgical Vacations – North America

Americans seek more plastic surgery than any other nation on earth so it is a good place to go under the knife. You could combine the experience with a little shopping on Rodeo Drive or in Manhattan. Otherwise take in some of the holistic treatments in Mexico or the cheaper costs in Canada.

  1. Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, California
    It’s almost a cliché but a lot of people are coming to Beverly Hills for a transformation vacation and they’re coming from other states and abroad including Europe, New Zealand, Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia. Here you can wrap a little shopping and sightseeing around your recovery time.
  2. Cosmetic Enhancement Expo, Dallas
    Go to this annual event to weigh in your options before going under the knife. You might score a discount on plastic surgery, hair restoration and cellulite treatments.
  3. Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
    For a bit of a recharge join the host of famous people such as Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, gangster Al Capone and gunman gambler Doc Holliday who took water therapy here. Today the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool still draws visitors from around the world. It boasts the world’s largest outdoor hot springs pool at 405 feet by 100 feet with 122-degree water cooled to about 90 degrees. It is rich in minerals. There is other sport and exercise equipment, massage therapy and other treatments.
  4. Cosmetic Surgery, Hawaii
    This is an ideal location for quality cosmetic surgery and a relaxing recovery. All the usual procedures are offered here such as breast augmentation, vaginal surgery, liposuction and other facelifts.
  5. Lake Tahoe, California
    Have your surgery done while on vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful vacation wonderlands. There are facial procedures, breast implants, body contour procedures and other individual surgical considerations.
  6. Florida
    Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, West Palm Beach… no it’s not a beach vacation but a cosmetic surgery clinic list. But it may as well be a vacation because you can enjoy the sights and sounds of these fabulous beaches afterwards at any time of year thanks to the mild Florida weather.
  7. Texas
    Before you get lured into the international cosmetic surgery vacations, consider one in Texas for breast augmentation and other corrective surgeries. Or simply check into a day spa for a bit of pampering. Go to Dallas for laser hair removal, microdermabrasion skin polishing, cellulite therapy or spider vein treatment or to San Antonio for facials, reflexology or acupressure.
  8. New York
    If you’re working in the Big Apple and don’t have time to go abroad take at least an afternoon or weekend off to visit a day spa and reduce your blood pressure. There are countless day spas here. There’s Ajune at Third Avenue for medical microdermabrasion or Swedish massage, Cornelia Day Resort for a watsu pool massage on Fifth Avenue or Great Jones Spa in downtown Manhattan for hot tubs, cold plunge pools and saunas.
  9. Canada
    In comparison to US health costs, medical tourism patients can save over half of their health costs by coming here, and the quality of healthcare is also amongst the highest there is.
  10. Spa vacation, Hawaii
    If you’re not wanting to go the whole hog with major reconstructive surgery a popular option could be a spa vacation in Hawaii. Many of the islands have resorts featuring massage and relaxation packages. Watsu water massage is a popular choice, and takes place in chest-high warm water and involves both massage and a series of flowing, dance-like movements. It is said to cause healing shifts on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

Top 10 Medical and Surgical Vacations – World Overall

  1. Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, California
    It’s almost a cliché but a lot of people are coming to Beverly Hills for a transformation vacation and they’re coming from other states and abroad including Europe, New Zealand, Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia. Here you can wrap a little shopping and sightseeing around your recovery time.
  2. Bangkok Health Services, Thailand
    Thailand has long treated western expatriates across Southeast Asia who work for western companies with flexible, worldwide medical insurance plans. Expat women have long used Thai hospitals to have their babies. Bangkok has now focused on the growth in medical tourism and built the Bangkok International Medical Centre. It offers services in 26 languages and recognizes cultural and religious dietary restrictions. There are six medical facilities in Bangkok that boast hospital accreditation from the United States. Other tourist-oriented medical communities include cosmetic surgery, dental treatments, eye surgery, kidney dialysis and organ transplantation.
  3. India
    India is now considered one of the leading countries promoting medical tourism and even does medical outsourcing, where subcontractors provide services to the overburdened medical care systems in western countries. India’s top-rated education system is churning out an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 doctors and nurses each year.Western patients usually get a package deal that includes flights, transfers, hotels, treatment and often a post-operative vacation. You can have hip surgery, open-heart surgery, hip and knee replacements, dentistry, bone marrow transplants, cancer therapy or even pediatric heart surgery.
  4. Brazil
    You’ll look almost as stunning as the local women after the cosmetic surgery treatments here. Although perhaps the reason the locals look so good is because they get a helping hand, in any case it’s easy promotion for foreigners needing a bit of a lift. Have a treatment in Rio and then enjoy the attractions afterwards
  5. Surgeon and Safari, South Africa
    Order dental, ophthalmic, orthopedic, infertility treatment, hair transplants and cosmetic procedures in South Africa as packages that include accommodation, flights and even adventurous safari packages. Or you could recuperate in a luxury hotel in Cape Town or Johannesburg. This is a very popular option for a quick nip/tuck before seeing the animals and some clever people have nicknamed it the beauty and beast option!
  6. Dental, Hungary
    Tooth fixes here cost less than a third than elsewhere in Europe or the US. Hungary is considered to be the dental capital of the world with a number of huge dental universities. Plus the tourism options afterwards are very affordable so combine a vacation with a filling, extraction or root canal.
  7. Costa Rica
    This is a destination that has long been known for its natural beauty and now increasingly, for its medical and dental services. Cosmetic and dental procedures are the major offers here and as many of the doctors are trained in the US the quality is pretty good. Cut-rate plastic surgery is also on the go and many Americans consider it a ‘nip and tuck’ Mecca. You can get a thigh lift, tummy tuck, arm lift or implants. The fantastic beach resorts here are a great way to recover privately from plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry or eye surgery.
  8. Egypt
    If you’re planning any surgical operations here you’ll probably want to do the sightseeing first as the cultural sites here are often crowded and the weather hot. Or you could elect to go to any of the comfortable, quiet and luxurious stays at Egypt’s Red Sea resorts. Medical and health treatments and color or chromatherapy are common here and the low cost makes it feasible to rent a luxury villa in the year round warm climate.
  9. Poland
    Polish health tourism has a proud two-hundred year old history and is on the increase as people realize the range of medical procedures available, the professional staff and low cost. There’s cosmetic surgery and a whole range of operations from knee surgery to hip replacements. Clients usually choose to combine their treatment abroad with a city break in Warsaw or a full-scale vacation in Europe.
  10. New Zealand
    This new player in the medical travel market focuses on non-acute surgical procedures and fertility treatment. The medical system is based on the British health system and specialists speak English and have received training either here, the US or UK. The costs of private healthcare are cheaper than North America or Europe and there are packages for hip replacement or coronary artery bypass. And of course anywhere on the islands, particularly peaceful lakeside or mountain resorts, is a perfect recovery location.

You can read more about our approach to plastic surgery travel for such procedures a liposuction in Beverly Hills.

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