SOURCE: Dr. Alavi

December 27, 2012 06:00 ET

Dr. Alavi: San Diego Is Perfect Place for Plastic Surgery Tourism Trend

Recent Reports Reveal That Many Patients Pursuing Plastic Surgery Have Opted to Combine the Medical Procedures With Vacations; Practicing in San Diego, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Alavi Highlights Southern California as a Great Destination for Cosmetic Surgery Tourism

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 27, 2012) - Although many medical and cosmetic procedures may seem necessary, very few patients look forward to the actual surgery and subsequent recovery. In terms of plastic surgery, advanced tools and practices have allowed skilled surgeons to provide more comfort to patients who are apprehensive of the process. In addition these developments, a recent article from Forbes reveals that some patients have eased plastic surgery anxiety by combining medical work with a vacation. The article reveals that plastic surgery tourist destinations have become quite popular -- and affordable -- in Europe; however, leading plastic surgeon Dr. Alavi explains that some may want to consider traveling to the sunny spot of San Diego, California.

Sassan Alavi, M.D., F.A.A.C.S is the Head Cosmetic Surgeon and Medical Director of the Center for Cosmetic Surgery based in San Diego. Having worked in this locale for many years, Dr. Alavi notes that American and foreign patients are able to enjoy optimal medical care in addition to the relaxing beachside of this Southern California city. He explains further, "San Diego is a great destination to combine your vacation with your plastic surgery. This city offers great weather, fantastic tourism destination and some of the best plastic surgeons in the world."

According to Forbes, this time of year attracts many plastic surgery tourists. The article states, "...apparently this is the best time of the year to do it. Mild weather, no tourist crush and good deals from travel agencies and airlines. The combinations are multiple, the choices innumerable and the prices affordable." Although many people may prove attracted to the cheaper costs and enticing destinations in foreign countries, Dr. Alavi urges prospective patients to always conduct thorough research regarding the certification of the select surgeon, the state of the facility, hidden costs and the general nature of the travel destination.

In addition to San Diego serving as a relaxing beach spot for plastic surgery patients, Dr. Alavi notes that for Americans, this option can prove more reassuring. He explains that the risk factor that is often associated with medical tourism can be a deterrent to those who wish to receive cosmetic work. However, those that opt for choice destinations within America, such as San Diego or Miami, can have added assurance that their doctor is qualified to perform certain procedures.


Dr. Alavi is the Head Cosmetic Surgeon at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego, California. By combining and appreciation of medical science and the careful, detailed artistic restructuring of the human body, Sassan Alavi, M.D., F.A.A.C.S is known for producing exceptional results. Dr. Alavi is recognized by many for his ability to produce scar-less results, that show minimal to no signs of surgery during recovery. He has won many awards and has gained recognition from leading media outlets, including CBS News, Cosmopolitan and Vogue