Cosmetic surgery has become much more acceptable than it ever was in previous years. Today, women and men travel far and wide to have plastic surgery done — but sometimes, they get more than they bargained for. Without doing proper research, traveling to an area like South America for surgery can leave you seriously ill — or in some cases, dead.

Here are true stories of women whose South American plastic surgery procedures went horribly wrong, plus one doctor explained why getting surgery in the United States is probably your best option.

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