Why Mexico is in the 2nd place in medical tourism worldwide?
Some people believe that beauty is the best letter of presentation that you have, and regardless of the concept that everyone has about it, currently the number of those who choose to make an aesthetic change through surgery is increasing.
Medical tourism refers to "all those foreigners who come directly to a country to request medical, aesthetic or corrective treatment," Jesús Rivera, legal director of Universidad del Conde, told MILENIO.
According to Rivera, Mexico is the second country after Thailand to receive medical tourism.
In 2018 the cosmetic surgery supposed a profit of 6 billion dollars for the country, and it is expected that for this year the economic income will be of 5.3 billion dollars approximately.
Due to the proximity to Mexico, the United States is the main supplier of tourists in this branch for the country, followed by Canada.
"We also have patients from European countries who, because of the great attractions that Mexico has, first come to do tourism as such and then the doctor already does, that is, they undergo some aesthetic treatment," Rivera said.
The main entities in the country to receive patients are the northern border states such as Tamaulipas and Baja California, as well as Quintana Roo in the peninsula.
The most popular aesthetic surgeries in the country are those that contribute to the transformation of body shapes, such as liposuction, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck.
Cosmetic surgery is no longer an exclusive alternative for women since men have ventured into it for some years, making up 40 percent of patients who resort to it.
"If we talked about men, there are many who are looking for nose correction or projection of their pectorals and calves, however, all surgeries in the field of aesthetics are very helpful," he said.
Six billion dollars is the approximate amount left by the industry of aesthetic surgeries in Mexico during the past year. 40% are men among the total number of clients who resort to this type of operations every year, which means that it is no longer something exclusive that women do.