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lindafromwisconsin 04-09-2008 11:01 PM

Versalles Center Clinic in MEXICO!
I read some stuff about this plastic surgery clinic in Mexico called the Versalles Center. Anyone here heard of it or been there? The plastic surgeon name I read about was Dr. Lopez. The place is a couple miles from the border in Tijuana. It sounds like it's a cheap alternative solution for a tummy tuck but I don't know if it's as safe or not. It said something about them doing endoscopic tummy tucks too? I didn't even know they could do abdominoplasty that way! I know there's a place in Chicago that does endoscopic tummy tucks too which is closer to me and of course in the good old U S of A. Anyone actually gone to Mexico or traveled abroad to get plastic surgery cheaper? Does anyone know how much plastic surgery costs in Mexico compared to here?

Carly 04-25-2008 12:16 PM

I don't know anything about tummy tucks but aren't you scared of going to a foreign country and something going wrong? Even if you don't have problems during surgery what if it happens after once your home? Doesn't that worry you where would you go for help?

LAgirl2010 01-17-2009 09:49 AM

Yes, I have heard of him. They are pretty aggressive in advertising on Google. I have read about two patients who went to him on another forum.

I had to reply to this post because I had plastic surgery in Mexico and I am happy with my results. I had a tummy tuck, lipo to legs, back, and arms, and fat injections to behind and hips for more of that hourglass figure. I paid $5000 for the surgery and it included overnight stay in a facility and excellent care.

I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Carly - going to a foreign country is scary. I thought I was crazy for even considering it. Things do go wrong - I am a member of a support group for people who go abroad for surgery and have witnessed the good, the bad, and the (sorry to say) ugly. Luckily, I did alot of research, and made arrangements with my PCP beforehand. I trusted the surgon I chose because I not only checked him out but met at least 5 Americans who would share thier personal experiences.

I hope this post helps....

robyne00 03-12-2010 05:01 PM


Your post is interesting, however you are posting the same message multiple times.

Why not post some pics of your surgery, so forum members can determine the legitimacy of your post(s).

Someone recently got banned from the forum for raving about her surgery (or surgeries) in Bolivia.

Also, if you are affiliated with a surgeon or surgery center, please reveal your affiliation. It's the law!

purplepatty 11-07-2010 10:30 AM

I have lived in Mexico for 5 years and got my surgery in Guadalajara, which is not as inexpensive as in Tijuana. I consulted with 3 of the top surgeons here after recommendations from friends and doctors. I had a upper and lower eye lift, a TT with lipo to my upper abdomen, hips and back, I also had a Brazilian Butt Lift, for which I wasn't charged, which is common in Guadalajara. The total charge for the surgeon with followup appointments, anesthesiologist and surgical suite and overnight hospital stay with a private nurse was $6500US. It was done in a small, private women's hospital.

Since I've lived in Mexico I've had occasion to need other medical procedures and as well as my friends have had different types of medical problems. I would equate the medical in Mexico as being superior to that in the US, of which I am very familiar after having worked in medicine for 17 years and been a surgical consumer on 7 occasions. The hospital stays are usually longer than in the States because one doesn't have insurance companies clamoring for early discharge. The Drs. are also more caring and take all the time you need for office appointments and even do house calls!!

My concern with being from the States and having surgery in a foreign country is: will you have a private nurse available 24 hrs (generally in Mexico a family member is expected to help you to the bathroom, help with your meals, etc. all those things that you expect in the US to be done by a nurse, even an extra bed is provided in your room for your family member), do you need to speak Spanish in order to be understood in the hospital setting, how long will you be in the country for follow-up care or will that be the responsibility of a Dr. in the US.

Another important item that US citizens don't even consider in foreign countries is the local blood supply. Will you possibly need a blood transfusion if anything goes wrong? For my TT and lipo I wasn't concerned about the loss of blood. But for more aggressive or extensive surgeries I believe at least one pint of blood should be available at the hospital when you are having the surgery. Hospitals in Mexico do not have blood banks in the building. The blood from a bank could be 1/2 hr. away and you could bleed to death in that time if, God forbid, anything were to go wrong. It's an extra and considerable expense as compared to the US, but one I think should be discussed with your Dr. before surgery.

Don't mean to scare anyone off from having surgery in a foreign country, but these are things most US citizens don't even consider when having surgery in the US as they are taken for granted. I was very pleased with my plastic surgery experience (except for having a compression garment 2 sizes too small because the nurses didn't measure me but rather "eyeballed" my size and I wore for a week) as well as all other contact with the medical community in Mexico for the past 5 years.

If anyone has more questions about my medical experiences in Mexico, feel free to email me and I will answer your questions to the best of my ability:

robyne00 11-08-2010 09:33 PM

purple patty,

A multitude of concerns exist when comparing other surgeons vs. docs in the states including the comparison of education, how rigorous the training is, post doc training, length of training, comparisons in qualifications, and how non US docs titles and/or credentials correspond to surgeons educated and trained in the states. Major causes for concern.

Can you post some before and after pics?

Margaret 11-12-2010 12:33 PM

The level of training in Mexico is equivalent, but in addition to making sure that your doctor is certified it might be a good idea to look into where he or she was trained, with universities in Mexico City (DF), Monterrey and Guadalajara at the top, although I have seen some doctors go to less prestigious universities but did internships in the U.S. The most prestigious Medical School in Mexico is UNAM.

Purple brings up some interesting questions but I am not sure they apply to most elective plastic surgeries that are either in the doctor's clinic or a high end hospital. Plastic surgeons with patients who are abroad will surely make arrangements. I had a 24 hour nurse and a attending physician in a clinic. I gave my own blood, which is the same as occurred with all the surgeries I can remember over the last 10 years or so at a variety of different hospital settings in the United States.

jordana 07-11-2011 09:45 PM

I ve never heard about the Versalles center, but to respond your question “Anyone actually gone to Mexico or traveled abroad to get plastic surgery cheaper?”.. Yes, on December 2010 I travelled with my best friend to Bolivia for a rhinoplasty, breast implants and a liposuction along with a Brazilian butt lift (buttock augmentation with through injection). My best friend had a TT along with a liposuction of her entire body (arms, stomach, back, thighs, flanks...)
We went through a very reputable medical organization.
We are very happy with our outcomes. We had to stay 13 days in Bolivia.
Firstly we decided to go there because it was MUCH cheaper,, I paid $7,000 for my entire package that included the surgery, hotel staying for 13 days, hospital stay, transportation, blood test, bilingual assistant.. and Sandra my best friend paid US$2,900 for her TT with liposuction. The perfect deal!
In the US, the cost of my surgery would be around $25,000 and the TT of Sandra around $10,000... yes the savings are HUGE! :)
Travelling abroad for your surgery is the best option when you are looking for an affordable option but you want to have your surgery done with skilled surgeons in the best medical centers, because in South America plastic surgery cost is much lower.
Our experience was great, we have met honest people, top plastic surgeons, a wonderful staff, a modern medical center.
I am looking forward to my next appointment at the end of this year because I want to change my implants for bigger.
I wish the best for anyone taking this step forward. It has changed my life for the better. :)

missie 09-27-2012 11:20 PM

I myself am curious!
I myself am curious about having Liposuction done in Mexico. I have read the posts, and would really like a little more information. I have talked myself into having the procedure, now finding a specialist is the next step. The Versai Clinic sounds interesting... do they have a website or contact info?? Thank you to any and all who respond.

missie 09-27-2012 11:21 PM

Do you have the contact info for the center in Bolivia?

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