Everyone wants to look and feel good and be appreciated for their appearance. For many people, cosmetic surgeries are a way to change the way they look in order to feel more self-confident, feel more attractive, or correct medical problems that impact their well-being.

For many people, these life-changing cosmetic surgeries are not covered by insurance in the USA and Canada and are very expensive. Affordable cosmetic surgery in Costa Rica is available. In Costa Rica, you can find cosmetic surgeries at a fraction of the cost, yet with the same high level of service and quality that you’d expect from a North American clinic.

The benefit about having cosmetic surgery in Costa Rica is that there are so many beautiful places to stay with excellent facilities while you recover. Medical tourism in Costa Rica has first-class infrastructure with recommended hotels, transportation companies, and other services readily available to medical tourists.

Here are some of the most common facial cosmetic surgeries available in Costa Rica:

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Many people, and not just women, complain of having “tired eyes” as they get older. This is often due to loss of facial volume resulting in sagging skin and loss of elasticity of the skin around the eyes. Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is done to reshape the upper and/or lower eyelids to remove any bagginess and to tighten loose skin around the eyelids. The procedure, however, does not remove fine wrinkle lines.

Botox Injections

Botox® has become one of the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatments. It is essentially used to relax or weaken facial muscles and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the forehead and eyes.

Rhinoplasty / Nose Surgery

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a “nose job”, is a cosmetic surgery done to reshape a person’s nose. Modern techniques allow a surgeon to reshape your nose in just about any way you desire.

Otoplasty / Ear Surgery

Otoplasty, i.e., ear pinning, or ear reshaping surgery, can correct misshapen, uneven or disproportionately-sized ears. If your ears stick out, they can be flattened against your head. If one ear is positioned higher than the other, ear repositioning can create symmetry. Reshaping can decrease the appearance of oversized ears. Ear surgery can provide a big boost to your self-confidence, and can be done on children who are being bullied because of their protruding ears.  Cosmetic ear surgery is performed through an incision in the back of the ear that allows the plastic surgeon to remove cartilage until the ear can be bent back toward the head, or by folding the cartilage onto itself to bring the ear closer to the head.  Permanent stitches may be used to help keep the ear in place.  In adults it is usually done with just a local anesthetic, but with children sedation is recommended.


As we age, our facial skin tends to sag and fold. A facelift is a cosmetic surgery that tightens and smooths the skin of the face and neck, restoring a more youthful and vibrant looking appearance.

Cosmetic surgeons in Costa Rica offer three variations of facelifts:

  • Full facelift
  • Mini facelift
  • Neck lift

Facial implants

Facial implants are designed to augment, reconstruct, or restore contour and/or proportion to your face. Facial implants can be used to provide the sculpted cheekbones that you desire, to restore contour and proportion to your facial structures made deficient by aging, or correct facial asymmetry or deformities.

Chin Augmentation / Chin Implants

Chin augmentation surgery, or chin implants, adjust the structure of your jaw to create a stronger chin, make your chin wider, improve the angle of chin to neck, or lengthen your face. It is a fast and uncomplicated cosmetic surgery, usually installed from inside the mouth to avoid any visible scars.

Cheek Augmentation / Cheek Implants

Cheek augmentation surgery, or cheek implants, adjust the structure of your cheeks to restore lost volume, one of the first signs of aging.  Augmentation can also be accomplished with fat transfer or fillers.  It is a fast and uncomplicated cosmetic surgery, where implants are usually installed from inside the mouth to avoid any visible scars.

Skin Treatments

Are wrinkles and fine lines on your face troubling you? The cosmetic procedure like dermabrasion, fractional laser, CO2, chemical peels, etc., can help reduce signs of aging and eliminate wrinkles, acne scars and other skin blemishes – and it is less-invasive than a facelift — a good option when skin treatment will provide the desired results.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are used to fill in wrinkles and folds that appear on the face with age. Injections of the naturally-occurring molecule hyaluronic acid are the most popular type of dermal filler used in aesthetic medicine.  However micro fat transfer, using the patient’s own fat, also offers excellent results and is mostly permanent, while hyaluronic acid filler will be completely gone in six months to a year.

Cosmetic Surgery in Costa Rica

There are many specialized cosmetic surgeons in Costa Rica who can assist you with the cosmetic surgery most appropriate for you.  Besides these facial procedures, body work is also very popular:  Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentation/reduction/lift, buttocks augmentation, arm or thigh lifts, etc.  If you are interested in cosmetic surgery in Costa Rica, please fill out the “Help Me Find a Doctor” form.  A participating medical specialist will contact you about your medical needs.