Getting surgery abroad and you don’t know where to start? Here is a guide of tips we recommend you to follow. 

The decision has been taken, you are traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to get that surgery done. But now what? In this post, we will show you a complete step-by-step guide you need to follow to plan a successful transforming experience in TJ.

Step 1: Find the right Doctor

You might have found yours already, but it’s best to start from the basics, right? Even if it sounds obvious to you, we can not stress enough about how important it is to find a doctor that suits your needs and that makes you feel safe and comfortable.

Research the doctor’s reputation, see what former patients have to say about him and his job. We recommend you google the doctor’s and clinic’s names, read reviews, watch videos, or any kind of online testimony. The Realself platform is a very useful tool we can recommend for the research stage of your surgery journey, a community that shares their  experience with cosmetic doctors around the globe and so much more.

Pro tip: If you choose Mexico as the country where you’re getting your procedure done make sure your doctor is certified by the Mexican Plastic Surgery Board here. Remember your safety should always be a #1 priority.

Step 2: Research the procedure you’re getting done.

We wish it was as simple as just booking an appointment, entering the operating room, having fast recovery, and then going back to your daily activities, but unfortunately, it is not.

Now that you’ve found the best doctor for you, it’s time to clarify every question you might have about the procedure. Make sure you understand the process, what your body will go through during and after the surgery. Follow all recommendations and directions your doctor gives you.

These are some basic questions you might ask your doctor:

What does the intervention consist of?
How long will I be in OR?
What kind of medication will be administered?
During and after the surgery?
What are the surgery side effects?
How long will it take for me to be fully recovered and how long should I stay in town after my procedure?

If you’ve promptly followed these first two steps, it’s now time to proceed to schedule your surgery with your chosen doctor’s office.

Step 3: Prepare for the trip

If your surgery is being performed in Tijuana, Mexico, these are some of the questions you need to ask yourself:

  • Am I traveling alone?
  • Am I flying or driving into San Diego? How am I planning to cross the border into Tijuana?
  • What documents do I need for traveling out and in from the United States?
  • How long am I staying at the doctor’s clinic after my surgery?
  • How many nights am I staying for recovery in Tijuana?


Consider everything, from your arrival to San Diego (if that’s the case) to your travel and accommodation in Tijuana. Book in advance any services you might require before and after the surgery, for example, transportation services from the States and recovery accommodations.

If you’re thinking about a recovery facility make sure that this place meets all of your post-surgical needs.

Step 4: Looking for a recovery facility in Tijuana? Come and stay with us at Cocoon Recovery Home!

Located in one of the safest and most calm neighborhoods of vibrant Tijuana, we are distinguished by the professionalism and quality of the services we provide to our guests.

Cocoon’s top priority is to ensure your peace of mind while we take care of your recovery process and assist you in this blooming experience.

These are some of the services and features we provide:

  • 24/7 available professional and certified nursing team
  • Doctor in charge of our facility and team before COFEPRIS.
  • Authentically personalized care.
  • Local and international transportation.
  • Healthy and specially designed menu for after-surgery needs.
  • Private and comfortable facilities. 
  • We’re pioneers in Tijuana’s plastic surgery recovery facility industry.

We count with all permits required by law to run a plastic surgery recovery facility.

  • COFEPRIS permit (Health department)
  • City’s Hall operational permit
  • Fire department permit
  • Environmental control permit

Step 5: Enjoy your new you!

After meeting all the previous steps you should now focus on your mid-term recovery process while you also enjoy your new you. This is a huge decision to take and we congratulate you for taking that step.

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