Getting liposuction in Mexico and abroad can be safe as long as the patient does thorough research and takes adequate precautions, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. However, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons does not recommend having liposuction procedures performed outside the United States.
Patients getting liposuction in Mexico should take similar precautions as they do when undergoing surgery in the United States. A patient should ask his doctor if he is a member of any accredited organizations, advises ISAPS. He should also ask whether the surgeon uses the World Health Organization's surgery checklist, a simple checklist that can reduce death and injury from surgery. Patients should research their surgeons online, verify that they have experience in the desired procedures and ask for former patient references, recommends ISAPS.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons advises against plastic surgery tourism. Travel and surgery are not a safe combination, according to the organization, as travel can increase the risk of complications. It also cites concerns about the lack of legal options if something goes wrong.