Many people visit Mexico for recreational purposes, but a new trend is emerging. The south-of-the-border town of Mexicali has become a haven for medical tourism, with many patients electing to undergo more affordable cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks, The New York Times reports.
The new trend comes at the right time. Plastic surgery has been on the rise over the last several years, with more than 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States in 2011. Latching on to the trend, Mexicali has created an industry that provides everything from lodging to assistance with travel plans. For Stephanie Rusky, who had a tummy tuck and breast lift while visiting the town, everything worked out great.
"At first, I was like, 'Mexicali, where is that?'" she told the Times. "But I asked every question I could think of and eventually felt really comfortable with it."
Though medical tourism to Mexico may be increasing, in Costa Rica it has long been a popular option. The Central American country provides plastic surgery at a more affordable rate, and despite some concerns that the quality suffers, many say that's not the case, ABC News reports.