Tijuana, California—It’s not hard to understand why some plastic surgeons in Mexico are so desperate to find ways to get their patients to pay for plastic surgery.
They say it’s a cost-effective and life-saving procedure, that plastic surgery is part of their job, and that the doctors they see are so helpful that many of them even feel guilty for not paying for it.
“It is a huge problem that is getting worse.
In the United States, we have many more surgeries,” says Dr. Javier Sanchez, who heads the plastic surgery addiction treatment center in the city of Tijuana.
“The doctors who are doing the surgery are mostly foreigners.
Most of the foreigners here are drug addicts.
And that’s a big problem.
They’re stealing from the American people, because there are so many drugs in Mexico.
If you don’t have access to medicine, you can’t do things.
If a plastic surgeon does a good job, they’ll be paid by the patient.””
We do not have enough people,” he says.
“When we start looking for a doctor, it’s very difficult.
But we need the money.”
The problem is so widespread that experts say they have no idea how to tackle it.
A survey conducted in 2012 found that 40% of plastic surgeons nationwide believe they can’t make ends meet if they do not perform plastic surgery—a statistic that has remained consistent since.
And the percentage of doctors who said they pay for the procedure at least once a week or more has increased by two-thirds over the past five years.
In Tijuana alone, the problem has grown to nearly 80%, and many surgeons say they’re desperate to get plastic surgery to their patients.
“If you are a plastic surgery patient, you don