Doctors in Puerto Vallarta

The Ultimate Guide to Doctors in Puerto Vallarta

If you are searching for reasonably priced cosmetic surgery, good quality medical care and a nearby location, then your search ends here. Plastic surgery in Puerto Vallarta fits the bill in all these aspects.

An overview of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is in the state of Jalisco in Mexico. It borders the Pacific Ocean and is known for its fabulous beaches and resorts. It became famous after The Night of the Iguana was filmed nearby (in 1963) and Puerto Vallarta got a great deal of publicity. Since then many movies and television shows have scenes shot on location in the city. Subsequently the government developed it as a resort town, giving it good ground transport as well as an international airport. At one time, Puerto Vallarta was known as The Friendliest City in the World and tourism generates 50 percent of its income from both domestic and foreign tourists.

PV or Vallarta, as it is popularly called, is known for its numerous beaches, exotic marine life, bird watching, nature, gorgeous landscapes framed by the Sierra Madre Mountains and a rich history. It is also famous for its food, with gourmet and fine dining options jostling for space with the local cuisine.

It is also renowned for its specialty markets, outdoor flea markets, shopping centers, gift shops and jewelry stores from where you can pick up fashionable bargains. It has other entertainment options available including historical and cultural attractions, monuments, eco-tourism, Mariachi bands and bull fighting, offering a well-rounded destination for people with all sorts of interests.

Where is Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta is near the Bay of Banderas in Mexico. In the north of the city is Nayarit, in the east is Mascota and San Sebastián del Oeste, and in the south it is next to Talpa de Allende and Cabo Corriente. It is in the middle of Mexico, on the western coastline.

Why choose Puerto Vallarta for Plastic Surgery?

Mexico is a favorite destination for plastic surgery and thanks to PV's popularity as a  holiday destionation the city now caters to medical tourists as well. Puerto Vallarta has excellent medical facilities that rival those in the western world in terms of quality and care, but at a much more affordable rate.


Plastic surgery is something you have to pay for since medical insurance does not cover various procedures. Apart from plastic surgery other elective surgeries are also done here as are cosmetic treatments. In the U.S. and Canada these are quite unaffordable, but in Puerto Vallarta they are much cheaper.

Some examples of the cost savings for plastic surgery in Puerto Vallarta:

Breast Enlargement in Puerto Vallarta average cost USD 4,000 as against USD 7,500-12,000 in the US and CAD 15,000 in Canada.
Facelift in Puerto Vallarta average cost USD 4,500 as against USD10, 000 -15,000 in the US and CAD 12,000-15,000 in Canada.
Tummy tuck in Puerto Vallarta average cost USD 4,500 as against USD 7,000-12,000 in the US and CAD 10,000-12,000 in Canada.

Medical Facilities:

PV has some outstanding hospitals, some of them being joint ventures with doctors from the U.S. or Canada and local doctors. There are also a number of expat doctors practicing and most of the good quality private hospitals have board certified doctors. The facilities are on par with those available in their more prosperous neighbors.

The infrastructure in this city is very good as are the ancillary medical services like diagnostic tests, whether imaging or blood tests, medicines and modern devices and treatments are easily available. Many of the local doctors may have done part of their specialty training in foreign universities.

Doctor Training and Qualifications:

Like other countries, too, Mexico has a long duration of medical education. It takes around eight years for a doctor to complete the medical studies and subsequently he or she has to practice for a year in government or rural service, compulsorily. The only thing is that medical education starts straight after school. It is only after graduating and getting a medical degree that the doctor can study for a specialty like plastic, esthetic surgery or any other specialty. Some of the local doctors, too, may be board certified in the U.S. as well as internationally with professional organizations like ISAPS.

What kind of plastic surgery procedures can be done in Puerto Vallarta?

As there are many large hospitals in PV, they offer all kinds of surgeries and treatments including plastic surgery. There are also specialized cosmetic clinics that may offer only particular treatments or surgeries or even non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures.

You can get breast surgeries of all kinds, butt surgery, anti-ageing surgeries and treatments, eye surgeries and hair transplants as well as liposuction, body contouring, botox and fillers. You can get a younger looking body or a younger looking face and change the parts or areas you are not happy with in Puerto Vallarta.

Where to stay in PV

Puerto Vallarta is full of hotels in the heart of the city as well as beach resorts. You can choose the accommodation depending on your budget and the amenities you require. It also has well-known chain hotels like Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Westin, Marriot and others. You can find hotels starting at USD 27 a day and going up to several hundred dollars at high end luxury resorts. Do check that the place has got the amenities that you specifically require.

Apart from the normal accommodations, you can also choose to recuperate in special recovery inns where you are taken care of by nurses and other medical personnel and have in-house eating and entertainment facilities. This makes post surgery convalescence much easier. However, most of the beach resorts, too, have many patients as guests and are cater to their special needs.

How safe is Puerto Vallarta?

PV is one of the safest areas of Mexico. Since tourism is the main industry it is important that the tourists are well taken care of and there are special tourist police who are bilingual and will help you out if required. Apart from that you just need to adopt normal safety measures that you would do at any unfamiliar place – don’t flaunt money and keep your belongings safe. Be aware at all times.

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

Many of the hospitals are fairly new and are state of the art. They use the latest machines and the doctors are well versed with the newest technology and treatment options. However, surgery always carries with it some risks. It is important that you disclose all important facts and medical history to your doctor who will then take the extra care if required. The ancillary staff is also caring and friendly here.

All the doctors who practice in the city are certified either locally or abroad, having completed the necessary tests and the required experience. Many of them may have memberships of international boards. And since their financial health depends on your physical health, you can be sure that they are going to take care of you.

When you book through Medical Departures you are safer, since we carry out detailed background checks into the qualifications, experience and credentials of the doctors. We also see that the hospitals have the desired amenities and ambience and follow all internationally recognized medical protocols.

What happens if something goes wrong? Do Puerto Vallarta doctors have warranties or guarantees?

Despite the best treatment and facilities, something can go wrong either during or after surgery or treatment or an individual can have an unexpected reaction. If you do face any problem, then Medical Departures will help you get a resolution, which would be difficult on your own.

You can also opt for extra insurance for a small sum. This will help you cover the costs for extra treatment, travel and hotel expenses that are more than budgeted for, so that you are not out of pocket.

Do doctors speak English?

In almost all tourist locations, you will find that people speak English as they need to do so in order to communicate with the tourists. Mexico is not an exception. And since PV has a large floating population of tourists, almost everyone speaks English, particularly the doctors.

What payment methods are accepted in Puerto Vallarta?

You can use internationally valid credit and debit cards for payment at most places, though many will also accept U.S. dollars. You can make small payments in pesos if you want to change your money. This is useful for food, tips and small purchases.

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

All hospitals and clinics are open through the year, and you may book an appointment at any time. However, you may want to avoid the hot and humid season that is from June to October. The rest of the year is quite warm during the day, but the nights are much cooler. April and June are good months in the sense that fares and other costs are less. From November to April the place sees a lot of tourists and in summer there are many domestic tourists since schools are out.

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

Most people are emotionally and psychologically prepared when they go to get plastic surgery done in Puerto Vallarta. After all, it is a premier vacation destination in any case. However, you may face your own fears and apprehensions when you actually get surgery done. It is always a good idea to go to a good medical facility and have surgery at the hands of a competent and skilled doctor.

It is always better not to travel alone when you for surgery, but take a trusted and friendly companion with you. The person should be competent to take decisions if required and you should also discuss possible problems and the next course of action instead of the leaving the person in the dark. If all goes well there should not be any downside because you have a holiday at a great place, you can recuperate there till you get the go-ahead to go back home and you also save a great deal of money.

Just check that the medical facility will take good care of you for the time required and also find out about after the after care. If you have any major surgery, you may want to stay at a post surgery retreat for better care and monitoring.

What else is there to do in Puerto Vallarta?

There is no shortage of activities in PV. Sporting activities, entertainment, shopping, eating out, going to sites and attractions and partying are things you can do in this holiday destination.

Since it is on the seashore, it has miles of golden beaches. It also boasts of a rich variety of marine life including sea turtles, whales and dolphins. For aquatic adventures you can go snorkeling and scuba diving, wind surfing, swimming at any time and also go fishing, kayaking and sailing. Other sporting activities include mountain biking, dune buggy riding, horseback riding, golf, hiking, sky diving and more.

The Malecon is the place to go to and enjoy the attractions. It has a pedestrian promenade and also hosts many free activities. It also boasts of many artistic endeavors, showcasing the artists and sculptors of the city. There are many sand and bronze sculptures on view.

In downtown Puerto Vallarta there will be a band playing in the main square, Plaza de Armas. Los Arcos, the open air amphitheatre hosts folklore dances in the evenings on Sundays when people gather to enjoy the rest of the evening. You can even take day trips to nearby places if you want to explore the environs or go for an eco-tourism tour.

Puerto Vallarta – Getting There

Puerto Vallarta has its own international airport, Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport. It handles international and domestic flights. It is serviced by many airlines like Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada, Southwest and others. Thomson Airways from Britain also has twice weekly flights from London and Manchester.
Flight times (approx.) from other destinations to Puerto Vallarta:

Los Angeles – 3 hours
New York – 7 hours 10 minutes
Toronto – 5 hours
Ottawa – 9 hours
London – 15 hours 55 minutes

Flight times will vary and depend on the airlines, the number of stopovers and the waiting time to catch another flight (or even the same one). Some of these times are for non-stop flights.

Local transport:

Puerto Vallarta has an extensive network of buses that will take you to your destination. The buses are marked with the zones they travel through and they are quite frequent during the day. You can also get local taxies from any part of the city to go anywhere and they are reasonably priced, but negotiate or ask about the fare before getting in. You can also hire cars, though driving can be risky.

Visa Requirements:

From the U.S. or Canada you don’t need a visa, but do need to carry your passport. You can stay for 180 days at a time. For other countries, do check online about visa requirements.

What now?

Now that you have an idea of the place, search our clinic listings and confirm your booking for plastic surgery in Puerto Vallarta via Medical Departures. Our customer care team will help you with the booking process and then you can plan your trip.