Doctors in Guadalajara

The Ultimate Guide to Doctors in Guadalajara

If you are checking out reasonable places for esthetic or cosmetic procedures , then plastic surgery in Guadalajara, Mexico should make it to your list. Check why Guadalajara would be a great place for a holiday and surgery at affordable rates.

An overview of Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco in Mexico; it is also the second largest city in the country. Called The Pearl of the West the city is crowded and bustling and has great medical facilities since it attracts many medical tourists. It has an international airport just 25 minutes away from the city center and this is serviced by many domestic and international airlines.

The city has a rich colonial heritage, many historic buildings, including The Cathedral, Plaza de la Liberacion, Degollado Theatre and museums, many of which house important works of art. Along with the old cultural attractions, the city is also known as the Silicon Valley of Mexico thanks to its electronic, digital, software and information technology industries. Large companies like Siemens, HP, IBM, General Electric, Cognizant and Hitachi have facilities here. It is also the third largest economy in Mexico.

It is the city where Mariachi music, sombreros and Tequila originated. In fact the Day of the Mariachi is hosted here, an event in which Mariachi bands from all over the world - and especially Mexico - congregate and play in early September every year.

Where is Guadalajara?

Guadalajara is the centre of Jalisco. It is 350 miles west of Mexico City and three and a half hours away by road from Puerto Vallarta. On the north are Zapopan and Ixtlahuacán River, in the east are Tonala and Zapotlanejo and in the south-west are Tlaquepaque and Zapopan.

Why choose Guadalajara for Plastic Surgery?

Guadalajara has excellent medical facilities, trained and experienced doctors and plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments at affordable rates. You should check out Guadalajara for these reasons:


If you really want to fix any part of your body or face, then you are probably aware of the expense involved and that is what is holding you back. In Guadalajara the surgery is reasonably inexpensive. You can get an idea of the price difference of these popular plastic surgeries.

Some examples of the cost savings for plastic surgery in Guadalajara:

Breast Enlargement in Guadalajara average cost USD 4,000 instead of USD 7,500-12,000 in the U.S. and CAD 15,000 in Canada.
Facelifts in Guadalajara average cost USD 4,500 instead of USD10, 000 -15,000 in the U.S. and CAD 12,000-15,000 in Canada.
Tummy tuck in Guadalajara average cost USD 4,500 as instead of USD 7,000-12,000 in the U.S. and CAD 10,000-12,000 in Canada.

Medical Facilities:

Hospitals in Guadalajara are of top quality. The facilities compare favorably with those available at the best hospitals in the western world.

While the doctors are all well trained and experienced, they are also more accommodating and compassionate. They will spend time with you and answer all your questions. You will not experience such caring anywhere else.

Doctor Training and Qualifications:

All doctors go through a rigorous studying process since medical studies take around eight years after school. This is followed by a year of practical experience in a rural area or in government service where the student gets a wealth of training and practical work, attending to many patients. It is only after all this is over that the graduate doctor can study further for a specialty, which may take a few more years. Many doctors may do part of this training in western countries and even get accreditation from reputed international societies and associations.

What kind of plastic surgery procedures can be done in Guadalajara?

Various plastic surgeries and esthetic treatments are done at Guadalajara whether minor or major surgery as well as non-invasive or minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments. Some clinics specialize in particular procedures only and some will not undertake complex surgeries but only do cosmetic treatments. The larger hospitals usually have full-fledged plastic surgery departments.

Facelift, neck lift, mommy makeover, nose jobs, tummy tuck, breast surgeries, butt lift surgeries, eye lid surgeries and more are done. Cosmetic treatments include anti-aging and rejuvenating procedures, hair transplants, liposuction, body contouring and other treatments which are quite routinely available.

Where to stay in Guadalajara?

Like other tourist hotspots, Guadalajara has many accommodation options. In downtown, where you are close to all the action and most places are within walking distance, you will find a wide variety of accommodations ranging from budget to luxury. Or you may prefer to stay on the beach or close to one. You may want a simple clean room with basic amenities or you may want to splurge on luxury. Rest assured, you can find good deals most of the year round. Even at a starting rate of USD 40, you can get a room with attached bathroom, wi-fi, cable and sometimes even breakfast.

If you are having major surgery, you may prefer to recuperate at a recovery retreat that has nurses on call and good amenities as well. You will be taken care of medically as well as the places are patient friendly.

How safe is Guadalajara?

The city is quite safe and crimes against tourist are infrequent. Mostly you should be aware of your bags and valuables as there may be a risk of bag-snatching. Don’t get distracted and don’t carry valuables with you.

How can I be sure the quality of care is the same as back home?

The quality of medical care in Guadalajara is excellent. You will find that while operation theaters and amenities are world class, the doctors actually give you time, hear you out and answer your questions. The other staff is also caring. However, surgery does carry some risk and, to minimize your risk, do give your doctor your complete medical history and make sure that all the diagnostic tests are done.

All surgeons and plastic surgeons are duly qualified otherwise they cannot practice. Many of them may have trained in western universities and may even be members of accredited international boards. They also deal with thousands of patients and are well experienced and able to deal with all kinds of situations.

When you book through Medical Departures you are assured of greater safety. That is because we carry out in-depth investigations into the background and education of the doctors, check their qualifications, accreditations, experience and training. We see to it that the hospitals and clinics we list on our website have good quality amenities and ambience and follow international protocols regarding surgery and treatment.

What happens if something goes wrong? 

Even in normal and otherwise healthy individuals reactions can occur due to medication or anesthesia or even something used during surgery. In case something does go wrong then Medical Departures will help you get the problem addressed.

If you are still worried that something could go wrong and want further protection, then you can buy extra insurance for a small sum. This would cover additional expenses for surgery or treatment, hotel stay and travel so that you are not out of pocket.

Do doctors speak English?

Since much of the economy of the city depends on tourists, most people in Guadalajara that deal with tourists speak English. Doctors see a large influx of patients from western countries and are fluent in English. Many of them have done some or all their medical training in the language.

What payment methods are accepted in Guadalajara?

If you have internationally accepted debit and credit cards, you should be fine as most large places accept cards. You can also carry U.S. dollars as many places accept this currency, along with some local currency for small expenses.

When is the best time to visit for plastic surgery in Guadalajara?

All hospitals and clinics are open throughout the year. If you find heat unbearable then avoid the summer months. Even in summer, nights can be cool. You may find the winter months are more comfortable if you want to be outdoors as you will not face high heat.

What is the downside? What should I know about getting plastic surgery in Guadalajara?

Surgery always carries with it some risks. You should definitely put your homework in place regarding your surgery, your expectations and the results you actually want. Surgery is not something to be taken lightly as it involves cutting and stitching of the body. You should be prepared for pain and discomfort, loss of mobility and the necessity of following medical advice post surgery and also doing exercises if required. When you get this surgery done in a foreign place, sometimes you may feel apprehensive that you are in unfamiliar surroundings.

On the flip side, you can look at the positive aspects: since you are not at home, you can rest and recuperate without the stress of daily life and the demands it puts on you. You are in the hands of trained and competent doctors who will take good care of you. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the place and have a holiday as well. For major surgery, it is best not to travel alone but take someone with you for emotional, moral and physical support.

While most hospitals and clinics offer comprehensive care it is best to find out what is covered and what is not (such as follow up appointments, post surgery tests and other things). If you have to stay in hospital you should get all your needs met. Post surgery, in your hotel, too, you should have the facilities that you want – food, laundry, wi-fi, entertainment options for you and your companion. You should also plan your stay accordingly – after some procedures your doctor will not want you flying back for a certain number of days.

What else is there to do in Guadalajara?

There is much to do in terms of exploring the city, its attractions, and enjoying its nightlife. In the city centre, you can take a walking tour and check out the many attractions there. You can get a map for this tour or you can even take a trip by a horse driven carriage. The Cabanas Cultural Institute (Hospicios Cabanas) is a cultural centre and museum and is a UNESCO world heritage site. You can also visit historic and cultural attractions like the Guadalajara Cathedral, Plaza of the Crosses, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de los Mariachis (where you can listen to Mariachi music for a small sum of money) and other plazas.

There are also the zoo, butterfly enclosure, aviary, parks and gardens and the forested gorge that offers fantastic sights and vistas. For the sporting enthusiast there are many stadiums that host soccer games; you can play tennis or golf, or go on a bike tour and. Every Sunday you can watch a bullfight.

Guadalajara has a host of shopping options, shops, boutiques, malls, flea markets and open markets. You can shop for silver jewelry, Mexican trinkets, ceramic and pottery and many other goods.

You can also go on various day trips around that are interesting – a tour to Tequila will enable you to learn more about the drink and visit the distilleries. Tapala is known for its lakes, streams and forests. Tlaquepaque and Tonala are both known for the shopping and if you like beaches then you should plan a day trip to the coast where there are a number of famous holiday destinations, including Puerto Vallarta.

Guadalajara – Getting There

Libertador Miguel Hidalgo International Airport is located in Guadalajara. Both international and domestic flights land here and it is serviced by many American airlines including American Airlines, Delta, United, Copa Airlines and Alaska Airlines. From the airport you can take a bus to your destination, hire a rental car or take a taxi, though it is advisable to book the taxi from the airport. In some instances, your hotel or even hospital may send a car to pick you up.

Flight times (approx.) from other destinations to Guadalajara:

Los Angeles – 3 hours 25 minutes
New York – 5 hours 15 minutes
Toronto – 6 hours 40 minutes
Ottawa – 9 hours 15 minutes
London – 14 hours 20 minutes

Flight times depend on the airline and the time taken at the halts, if any.

Local transport:

In Guadalajara, in the city centre, it is best to walk around to see the attractions. Otherwise ordinary and luxury buses are easily available and very reasonably priced. You can also hire taxis (metered or non-metered, in which case negotiate the price first) or rent a car. The city also has a simple subway and you can also hire bikes to get around.

Visa Requirements:

Residents of the U.S. or Canada can carry a passport and don’t need a visa. They can stay up to 180 days. From many western countries you don’t need to apply for a visa, but do check online.

What now?

If you have made up your mind to get plastic surgery in Guadalajara, then book via Medical Departures. Our customer care team will help you book at one of the quality checked clinics listed on our website.