The Truth About Plastic Surgery in Colombia

Do you aspire to enhance your beauty? Plastic surgery in Colombia is an affordable option for you to save 50 – 55% costs.

Moreover, getting plastic surgery in the US can be a nightmare due to the heavy cost burdens and lack of insurance coverage.

Confused where to start?😕

Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Read further to know more.⬇

People walking around Bogota Cathedral Colombia

Bogota Cathedral Colombia

Top 5 Reasons To Choose Plastic Surgery in Colombia

To begin with, plastic surgery adds a value of $60 billion to the medical tourism industry.

In addition, patients travel to get plastic surgery in Colombia from 34 countries, spread across 6 continents.

Furthermore, data states around 90% of patients are from the US.

Source: NCBI[1]NCBI
Plastic Surgery Medical Tourism in Colombia
“Cosmetic surgery is at the forefront of a $60 billion medical tourism industry… Patients traveled to Colombia from 34 different countries spread across 6 continents. Ninety percent of patients came from North America.”
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Here are the top 5 reasons why people choose Colombia for plastic surgery:

Cost Benefits

The cost of plastic surgery in Colombia is very low when compared with the US and other western countries.

You can save upto 55% by opting for Colombia to get the cosmetic surgery done.

The low cost of living in Colombia is the main reason why treatment is cheaper compared to the US.[2]MY LIFE ELSEWHERE
COST OF LIVING COMPARISON
“Colombia is 57.5% cheaper than the United States.
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Highly Qualified Surgeons

Our partner plastic surgeons in Colombia are not only highly skilled but also board-certified. Moreover, they have been trained at reputed institutions.

State of the Art Healthcare Facilities

The healthcare system of our partners in Colombia has the same level of quality and integrity as in the US and other developed countries.

Ease of Travelling

Colombia is one of the countries which is well connected with the rest of the world.

It has not only international airports but also direct flights from US and Canada, making it very easy to reach.

Holiday in Colombia

Colombia is not only best for plastic surgery but also a great place to take the work and other burdens off your shoulder and have a peaceful holiday.

What can be better than a relaxing pause away from home after surgery?

Image briefly explaining top 5 reasons to choose plastic surgery in Colombia

Reasons to Choose plastic surgery in Colombia

Top 6 Types of Plastic Surgery in Colombia

Colombia offers a wide variety of plastic surgery procedures. Some of the procedures widely opted for and performed by our partners are as follows:

Rhinoplasty

(Rie-no-plas-tee) also known as nose job or nose surgery. It involves changing the shape of the nose. The surgery is done to cure distortion caused due to some injury or improved breathing. Rhinoplasty can alter the skin, bone, cartilage, or all three.

Source: Science Direct [3]Science Direct
Rhinoplasty
“Rhinoplasty is defined by the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) as “a surgical procedure that alters the shape or appearance of the nose” with functional rhinoplasty specifically aimed at “enhancing the nasal airway.””
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Eyelid Surgery

It is a surgical method used to alter the appearance of the eyelids. This surgery can be done for both the upper and lower eyelids.

This surgery can cure the problem in the functioning of the eyelids and surroundings.

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons[4]American Society of Plastic Surgeons
What is eyelid surgery?
“Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids… Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.”
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EyeSmart — American Academy of Ophthalmology

Face Lift

This procedure is used to make you look younger by changing the appearance of your face. Facelift surgery aim at altering the changes that occur with age.

The surgery is done to remove not only the sagging but also folds of skin on the face and make it look attractive.

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons[5]American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Facelift Surgery
“A variety of other procedures can further enhance the outcome of a facelift. They include: Facial implants or fat transfer to improve contour… tone and texture of facial skin Wrinkle reduction by injection of fat or fillers”
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Tummy Tuck

Also known as abdominoplasty. It is a procedure in which the abdominal wall muscles are tightened to remove the extra fat and get you a flat stomach.

It is different from liposuction and is more useful for women who want to tighten their abdomen wall and skin after pregnancy.

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons[6]American Society of Plastic Surgeons
What are the steps of a tummy tuck procedure?
“A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button. Tummy tuck incision front abdomen The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess skin…. Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.”
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Liposuction

Liposuction isn’t an alternative to weight loss surgery. The procedure uses the suction technique for eliminating fat from specific areas.

The most common areas where liposuction is done are the hips, thighs, abdomen, buttock, neck, or arms.

Source: Mayo Clinic[7]Mayo Clinic
Liposuction
“Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms or neck.”
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Breast Augmentation

This surgery involves altering the size of the breast. The cosmetic surgeon places the breast implant below the breast tissue or chest muscles.

The procedure increases breast size, changes shape, and cures any deformity.

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons[8]American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Breast Augmentation
“After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either… sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.”
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Explore – Colombia Plastic Surgery Packages

Now that you know the popular procedures, you might be wondering how much is the cost of plastic surgery in Colombia?🤔

Let’s find out the cost in Colombia vs. the US below:

Breast augmentation in the US costs a whopping $6,525, which seems a lot if you plan to get the surgery without insurance.

Whereas the cost for the same in Colombia is $3,000. Plastic surgery in Colombia can save costs upto 55%! ($3000+)😱

Cost Comparison Table Colombia Vs. The US (In USD)
ProcedureColombiaUS
Rhinoplasty$3,500$7,650
Eyelid Surgery$3,000$4,725
Facelift$7,000$12,250
Tummy Tuck$4,000$8,275
Liposuction$3,900$6,175
Breast Augmentation$3,000$6,525
*Prices are case-dependent. Contact Medical Tourism Corporation to get a FREE quote today!

Best Plastic Surgeons in Colombia

MTC’s motto is to provide its clients with the best medical treatments across the globe! Our surgeon has 35+ years of working experience.

In fact, our partner surgeon Dr. William Murillo is not only well-equipped with knowledge but also trained at reputed institutions.

Below is the detailed description:

Dr. William Murillo

NameDr. William Murillo
SpecializationReconstructive Plastic Surgery
Experience35+ years
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, French, and Portuguese
Current PracticeVida Centro Profesional
EducationMedicine –  Faculty of Medical Sciences of Pernambuco in Brazil

Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery – National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Master’s Degree in Medical Law – Externado de Colombia University

MembershipMember – Colombian Society of Plastic Surgeons

Former member – Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgeons

Founding member – College of Plastic Surgeons of Valle (Colombia)

Plastic Surgery – Medical Tourism in Colombia

Once you take a trip to Colombia, you will realize how colorful it is.

Moreover, the country is so diverse – culture, food, geography, climate… basically everything! Below you can find some travel tips if you plan to visit Colombia.

To Do

When you plan a trip to Colombia, you get the chance to experience its beautiful cities like Cali, Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena.

You get to enjoy

  • Beautiful carnivals like Barranquilla Carnival
  • Mountains Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  • Tayrona National Park.

A girl standing in traditional Colombian dress

Barranquilla Carnival

Houses in streets of Colombia

Colors of Colombia

Tayrona park during sunset

Tayrona National Park

Also, you get to see the colors of Colombia and its beautiful streets.

Top 3 Food items you must eat in Colombia:

Colombia is an excellent destination for foodies since there is new and intriguing cuisine to taste.

Therefore below mentioned are some food items you must try:

  • Bandeja Paisa
  • Ajico Soup
  • Empanadas Colombians

Bandeja paisa served in plate

Bandeja Paisa

Ajico soup served in a bowl

Ajico Soup

Empandas Colombian served in platter

Empanadas Colombian

Health

Although, right now, there are no mandatory vaccinations if you wish to travel to Colombia.

But the health ministry of Colombia recommends to get vaccinated for measles-rubella and yellow fever.

It would be best if you took vaccination atleast 10 days before the trip.[9]Ministry of Health and Social Protection
Health tips for travelers
“Although compulsory vaccinations are unrequired in order to enter Colombia, it is recommended to have current vaccinations, including measles-rubella and yellow fever... You should be vaccinated at least 10 days before the trip.”
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Also:

  • Do remember not only to bring a prescription but also to carry it with you if you are on medication.
  • No matter what the climate is, always use sunscreen and stay hydrated.
  • Above all, always ask for ingredients in your meal if you are allergic to some food.

Documents

  • Generally, 6 months validity of the passport is strongly recommended.
  • Carry a maximum of USD 10,000 when entering or exiting Colombia.
  • A tourist visa is not required if you stay for less than 90 days.
Source: Travel State Gov.[10]Travel State Gov
Quick Facts
“PASSPORT VALIDITY: Six months’ validity is strongly recommended…. 10,000 USD maximum.”
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TIPS

Points to remember

  • In Colombia, things are measured in centimeters, meters, and kilometers because they use the international system of units (SI).
  • In Colombia, you will get 110 volts of altering current or 60 hertz (110 V AC, 60Hz).

Weather

One of the most unusual aspects of Colombia, specifically for overseas tourists, is the uniformity of its climatic condition throughout the year.

Because the country is situated at the Equator.

Generally, December, January, July, and August are dry months. Similarly, April, May, October, and November are rainy months.

Source: Colombia Co[11]Colombia Co
About Colombia
“Colombia uses the International System of Units (SI), the successor of the Decimal Metric System… In Colombia, you’ll find the following power outlets: flat 2-prong sockets or sockets with a third, round prong.”
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Weather
“One of the most surprising things about Colombia for foreign visitors is the unchanging nature of its climate… (from April to May and October to November).”
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Colombian flag flying on top of a building

Daytime Weather

Night landscape of Colombia

Night Weather

Flights

Below is a small idea of flight duration from the top 3 cities in the US.

Flying Time from The US to Colombia
DepartureDurationArrival
New York (JFK)5hr 37minEl Dorado (BOG)
Washington DC (DCA)5hr 25minEl Dorado (BOG)
Austin (AUS)4hr 27 minCartagena (CTG)

Sim Card: Generally, you can get a local Sim card easily. Moreover, a local sim card is helpful for you to have better connectivity at low costs.[12]Phone Travel Wiz
10 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Colombia
“SIM cards and mobile data rates are low in Colombia.”
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Local Transport: Taxies and buses can be used for local transport used in Colombia. Not only that but you can also use these to have a tour of the city you visit.

Local Currency: The local currency of Colombia is the Colombian peso (COP). The currency is in the form of coins as well as banknotes.

There are coins in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 pesos, as well as banknotes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000 pesos.

Two parked buses one red and one yellow

Local Transport

Colombian Peso bills of denomination 2,5,10,20, and 50 million

Colombian Pesos


Is Plastic Surgery in Colombia Safe?

According to the ISAPS Global Statistics 2016, Colombia ranks #9 in the world in the total number of surgeries.

In fact, Colombia ranks #2 in the world in terms of plastic surgeries performed per capita.

Source: Research Gate[13]Research Gate
Plastic Surgery Medical Tourism in Colombia
“Statistics show that Colombia ranks as #9 in the world in the total volume of surgical procedures performed, #2 worldwide in plastic surgery procedures performed per plastic surgeon”
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Not to mention Colombia’s plastic surgery statistics speak how safe it is. Colombia is safe not only for treatment but also for tourism.

Above all, your safety is our priority, and that’s why we provide you with handpicked and verified doctors and hospitals. MTC also provides some additional services:

  • Full travel assistance, including help in booking air tickets and visa and passport expedience also.
  • Destination manager ready to assist 24*7.
  • Free airport pick-up.
  • Pre and post-treatment.
  • Hotel stays at low prices.

And a lot more!

*Note that we do not offer all these facilities at every hospital.  Contact us to get updates about the services offered.

Before and After Plastic Surgery in Colombia

Now that you know all the details about plastic surgery being performed in Colombia.

Let’s explore some images of the procedures performed by Dr. William Murillo.

Before and after image of Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty

Before and after image of facelift procedure

Facelift

Before and after image of Liposuction

Liposuction

Plastic Surgery in Colombia – Reviews

Amongst the BEST doctors I have ever encountered. Dr. Willian Murillo took his time to explain every single detail of my surgery. He was extremely professional and friendly. I couldn’t be happier with the way he treated me. Always on time and available. I will travel anywhere for Dr. Murillo.

Laura Pinelo ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Excellent .. Very professional Doctor!

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FAQs Plastic Surgery in Colombia

Is Colombia good for plastic surgery?

Colombia has popped up as the hub of plastic surgery in the medical tourism sector. It is identified for its beautiful people and outstanding quality of cosmetic procedures.

Colombia has amazing doctors with excellent surgical skills. As per the global data of ISAPS, Colombia ranks #9 in the world for the number of surgeries performed.

The data states the truth about plastic surgery in Colombia.

Why is plastic surgery popular in Colombia?

Plastic surgery is popular in Colombia because its culture has a long history associated with it.

People want to look more attractive and younger women in particular. Even among adolescent girls, cosmetic surgery is not a taboo subject.[14]Medellin VIP
Why is Colombia Famous for Plastic Surgery
“Colombian culture has a deeply rooted history in plastic surgery… Cosmetic surgery is hardly a taboo topic, even among teenage girls.”
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Because of the emphasis on physical beauty, the Colombian plastic surgery sector has become popular.

Is plastic surgery in Colombia cheap?

Yes. The average cost of plastic surgery in Colombia is 50 – 55% less than the rest of the world, especially in the US and Canada.

For instance, facelift surgery in Colombia would cost a patient approximately USD 7,000, whereas the same procedure is going to cut your pocket in the US.

It would cost you USD 12,250. Approximately USD 5,200 more than Colombia.

Given the facts and figures, wouldn’t you choose Colombia to get plastic surgery done?

How much does it cost to get a tummy tuck in Colombia?

The average cost of a tummy tuck cost USD 4,000 in Colombia, whereas the cost for the same in the US is USD 7,650, which is more than double.😵

Why would you choose to pay such a high amount when you can get the surgery done in Colombia for half the price?

How much does it cost to get your body done in Colombia?

Any plastic surgery procedure for body alteration would start from USD 3,000 and can go upto USD 7,000 according to the case of the patient.

Opting for any procedure in Colombia would be approximately 50- 55% of the cost compared to the US.

The starting price of any procedure in the US is nearly double the price of Colombia. (See table)

How much does it cost for breast implants in Colombia?

A breast implant would cost you somewhere around USD 3,000 if you choose to get it done in Colombia.

But if you choose to get it done in the US, it would cost you USD 6,525, which will save more than 50% on the cost of the procedure performed in Colombia.

Choose wisely!

Conclusion

Do you wish to get yourself a younger and more attractive look? Then, plastic surgery in Colombia is your go-to option.

MTC is here to help you prepare an itinerary for your comfortable travel and surgery.

Fill out the form to contact our case managers today to get an all-inclusive tailored quote for FREE!

References

1. NCBI: Plastic Surgery Medical Tourism in Colombia

2. MY LIFE ELSEWHERE: COST OF LIVING COMPARISON

3. Science Direct: Rhinoplasty

4. American Society of Plastic Surgeons: What is eyelid surgery

5. American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Facelift Surgery

6. American Society of Plastic Surgeons: What are the steps of a tummy tuck procedure?

7. Mayo Clinic: Liposuction

8. American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Breast Augmentation

9. Ministry of Health and Social Protection: Health tips for travelers

10.  Travel State Gov: Quick Facts

11. Colombia Co: About Colombia

12. Colombia Co: Weather

13. Phone Travel Wiz: 10 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Colombia

14. Medellin VIP: Why is Colombia Famous for Plastic Surgery