EFEBy Manuel Ayala Tijuana, Mexico

In the Mexican border city of Tijuana three people have died during cosmetic surgery in the past month, raising the alarm about illegal or "patito" (ugly duckling) clinics that cater to medical tourists, most of them from the United States.

The president of the College of Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeons in Baja California, Laura Cardenas Mata, told EFE about her concern over the negative impact the deaths are having on the medical sector in the region, which is considered one of the world capitals of medical tourism with about two million patients each year.

Cardenas Mata emphasized that about 90 percent of the patients come from abroad, and special attention is paid to picking them up at the airport and seeing them safely on the way home again after their surgeries.