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Colombia Plastic Surgery

            Known for its beautiful people and for excellence in cosmetic plastic surgery, Colombia has positioned itself as the regional leader in the cosmetic surgery medical tourism industry.  Plastic surgeons in Colombia are world renowned for their skill and eye for beauty, and have long been serving a population where the commitment to looking great is a national obsession.  Several prestigious international surgeons now also base themselves in Colombia, providing the region with additional expertise and sophistication. [i]  There is high demand for aesthetic plastic surgery in Colombia, with one of the highest rates of procedures performed per capita in the world. [ii] 

            Colombia is today one of the most thriving economies in South America and exceedingly safe for tourists. [iii]  The number of foreign visitors to Colombia has increased from 600,000 in 2000 to nearly 1.5 million in 2010, with an average annual growth of 10.6%, nearly four times the world average and one of the highest rates in the region. [iv]  Colombia is also easily accessible, and an abundance of convenient flights to Bogota and Cartagena make travel easier than ever.

            Now that the country has reemerged as a prime tourist destination, Colombia has become known as a first class destination for medical procedures and cosmetic treatments.  Thousands of patients are traveling to Colombia from abroad every month for treatments, causing huge growth in this sector of the economy.[v]  Aside from the skills of the doctors themselves, the Colombian government has invested billions of dollars into improving the country’s medical infrastructure in order to provide a safe and tourist friendly environment for health travelers.[vi], [vii]  Patients from the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America now have access to the top quality medical services as well as new hospitals, providers, and facilitators at a fraction of the cost in the U.S., Canada, or Europe.  This industry is government-led and private sector-driven and aims to provide the tourist to Colombia with physical invigoration, mental rejuvenation, cultural enrichment, and spiritual elevation.    

            Costs are often 30-50% less than in the United States and Europe, saving patients thousands of dollars on cosmetic procedures while providing all of the safety and quality that they would receive in top U.S. and European centers.  Several centers also offer a complete medical tourism experience complete with comprehensive care packages, five star hotels in stunning locations, and exquisite service throughout.

[ii] International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Available at:

[iii] Bureau of Consular Affairs, US State Department, Dec 30, 2011.  Available at:

[iv] Tourism Statistics Colombia.  Ministry of Commerce and Tourism, Colombia, Dec 30, 2011.  Available at:

[v] Comparison Platform for Global Healthcare, Colombia.  Avaiable at:

[vi] Colombia Medical Tourism - Some of the finest cosmetic surgeons anywhere.  Available at:

[vii] Colombia on the Vanguard of Medical Tourism .  Proexport Colombia.  Miami, 23, June, 2010.  Available at:

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