Brazil is not only a hot spot for athletes right now. It's also attracting a growing number of people seeking more affordable options for cosmetic surgery.
Despite the country's recession, the number of surgeries has increased 10 percent each year since 2010, according to the Brazilian Society for Plastic Surgery. Brazil is second to only the United States in the number of cosmetic surgeries performed.
For 42-year-old Gennifer Williams from Nashville, Tennessee, a medical tourism trip to Brazil has been life changing.
Williams said she lost 95 pounds via lap band and was looking for a way to remove her extra skin. She did research and ultimately picked Brazil to have her procedures done because she wanted a country that was comfortable dealing with brown skin.
Williams had a tummy tuck, a Brazilian butt lift, a breast augmentation and liposuction. Not only did she pay thousands less than she would have in the U.S. but she said she received incredible care.
"I had a nurse and a companion with me at all times. They grocery shopped, they cooked for me, they gave me my medicine. They did everything for me," she said.
Brazil's cosmetic surgery industry is seeing a big boost by patients like Williams. So-called medical tourists, who travel to another country for medical care, are coming in droves. And Brazil is catering to them.