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Canadians Travel to Mexico for Plastic Surgery, Seeking Quality Care, Better Value & a little Vacation Time

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With the money saved on plastic surgery in Mexico, patients from Canada are opting to stay a little longer for some vacation-style healing time.

Word has gotten out. Mexico offers more than a great value on plastic surgery, but also access to high quality, board certified surgeons and the opportunity for healing in a vacation-like setting.

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“The price is amazingly less expensive. I can afford an entire vacation and the procedure.” said Deanne.

Men & women from Canada are traveling over a thousand miles to COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Tijuana, Mexico. Located in the new VIDA Wellness & Beauty Institute, the clinic offers a spa-like environment that rivals any US or Canadian plastic surgery clinic.

“The faculty is immaculate and sterile,” said Deanne, a plastic surgery patient from Canada. “The state of the art equipment put my mind at ease that they are not taking any shortcuts. You  would never know you were in Mexico.”

Deanne, who had rhinoplasty, a breast lift and implant replacement, along with botox and fat transfer to the face, first met Dr. Quiroz while he was working at a practice in Orange Country, California. He later opened COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico and she followed him.

“I figured it’s not the place but the faith and trust I have in Dr. Quiroz. His credentials, expertise, and how happy I have been with what he has done- I would never go to any other surgeon” she said.

In addition to Dr. Quiroz, COSMED is home to several prominent board certified plastic surgeons including Dr. Castañeda and Dr. Fuentes as well as Dr. de la Fuente, a dermatologist experienced in both clinical and cosmetic Dermatology. All of the surgeons have undergone rigorous training to remain at the top of their fields, continually updating their techniques and surgical knowledge.

Besides her trust in COSMED, the second reason Deanne travels from Canada to Mexico for plastic surgery is the price. “The price is amazingly less expensive. I can afford an entire vacation and the procedure. “

But the cost savings of having plastic surgery in Mexico is  just part of the attraction. The quality of care and doctor patient relationship is proving it’s worth the extra distance.

“What many of my Canadian patients have in common is complaints about their health system,” explained COSMED plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Castañeda. “They always appreciate the closer patient-doctor relationship we provide here in Mexico.“

Kelsey traveled from Canada to Mexico for breast augmentation. She chose COSMED not only because of the credentials and qualifications of the plastic surgeons and staff, but because she wanted to “have a vacation at the same time so I could heal well.”

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Kelsey traveled from Canada to Mexico because she wanted to “have a vacation at the same time so I could heal well.” She spent a week after surgery with a friend in San Diego, just a few miles from COSMED.

“My advice to other Canadians would be to take a friend or family member with you to stay with you and make sure you stay for one week after surgery. I stayed for two weeks, but the second week I stayed in San Diego so I was close by. Make sure you feel 100% confidant in your decision and have realistic expectations for your results. I would go back to Mexico for other procedures but only to COSMED Clinic.”

Kelsey went on to say that “COSMED is beautiful. I felt right at home and the staff was very friendly and Dr. Quiroz was great. He understood the result I was looking for and took time to answer any questions I had.”

COSMED Plastic Surgery Center is located across the border in Tijuana, which is conveniently located next to the neighboring city of San Diego, California.  Earlier this year, COSMED moved to the new VIDA Wellness & Beauty Institute, which is also home to the new Recovery Boutique.   The partnership with the Recovery Boutique hotel provides a convenient, stress-free way for plastic surgery patients to heal under the care of registered nurses.

“Every step of the way was organized by COSMED. COSMED was there for me from landing at the airport to making sure I got back across the border safely with a driver. When I stayed at the hotel we had transportation to and from the hotel to the clinic which was great! My friend and I never felt unsafe during our whole time there,” said Kelsey.

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Self portrait of Kelsey, a Canadian who had breast augmentation surgery at COSMED Plastic Surgery in Mexico with Dr. Quiroz.

“Travel to Mexico is easy and painless,” agrees Deanne. “COSMED offers border pickup and drop off so it makes the cross border experience seamless. I feel very comfortable at COSMED. They are very friendly and helpful. I plan on returning to Mexico to for a facelift and a new set of breasts. I am so happy with the results I have had.”

“I am extremely happy with my results! I would recommend Dr.Quiroz to anyone! The surgery has changed my life as I have more confidence and feel great since my surgery.” said Kelsey

Learn more about the Benefits of Plastic Surgery in Mexico, as well as travel information and maps at CosMedClinic.com

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Plastic Surgeon Dr. Quiroz to Speak at 2012 Obesity Help National Conference in Atlanta

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Dr. Quiroz is a Board Certified, Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural International Surgeon, Licensed in both the United States and Mexico.

Dr. Alejandro Quiroz will be speaking at the upcoming Obesity Help National Conference in Atalanta this October 5th and 6th at the Atlanta Airport Hilton Hotel. During the event, he will also be available for free, private consultations. However, his schedule is filling up fast, so contact CosMed Clinic directly to book your appointment.

More about the Obesity Help Event:
Whether you are looking into weight loss surgery or have already had weight loss surgery, this event will have something for you! Speakers will be providing information on bariatric surgery, plastic surgery, nutrition, self esteem, relationships, dressing for success, exercise and becoming the best you can be wherever you are in your journey. In addition to the many breakout sessions, the main stage will be offering motivational speakers as well as a professional Q & A panel.

More about Dr. Quiroz:
Dr. Quiroz is the chief plastic surgeon at COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico. He is board certfied and is licensed to practice in both the United States and Mexico. He is an expert in body lifts and body contouring after weight loss (Post Bariatric Surgery).

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Face Lift Mexico – How I Selected My Plastic Surgeon

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I’m no Barbie but, I knew from about the age of 35, that I would one day have a facelift.

Submitted by Sue Teague, Retired RN,  CosMed Patient & Guest Blogger

PART 1 in a series of blog posts by an actual patient who had plastic surgery in Mexico.

Some girls dream of marrying rich or becoming a movie star.  Not me—I had no career or marriage ambitions.  I’m no Barbie but, I knew from about the age of 35, that I would one day have a face lift.

Almost 30 years later, here I am recuperating from a full facelift performed by Dr. Quiroz at CosMed and blogging about it!

Come with me on this blog as I share some experiences on the way to my facelift surgery and beyond!

Though my resolve to have a facelift was made almost 30 years ago, the triggering events preceding my surgery are significant.  One does not surrender their most unique physical identity—one’s face—to the medical system without serious examination.

Fortunately, I was a fairly youthful-looking woman into my 50’s even with significant sun damage to my skin.  As I began to see evidence that my face was structurally changing, I told myself that other people my age were much worse off and it was not yet time for a facelift.

Life changed drastically when the doctor informed my husband and me in 2007 that he had a terminal cancer with a remaining lifespan of “around two years” with aggressive management.  Thus, began the disintegration of my life…and my face.  For, during the next two years, all my physical and emotional resources as wife, friend, nurse, patient advocate would be subjected to unimaginable demands.

What the doctors did not warn me about was the toll that these years would take on my mind, body and spirit.   During that heartbreaking period, I gained about 20 lbs. and my face fell– along with my hope for the future.

My husband died in 2009—days after my 62nd birthday– and I concentrated on reconstructing my life as a single, elderly woman.  By that time, I was in Women’s clothes sizes and barely glanced at myself in a mirror.

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I began to really look at my face as I had not done in many years. I googled “aging face” and learned the inescapable truth about deteriorating facial muscle structures and how that muscle laxity was unpredictable but inevitable.

I restarted my previous lifestyle, begun with my late husband, as an RV’er and traveled across the country with my little dog.  I happily embraced the challenges of travel alone as I visited friends and family across the country.  I did not linger too long at the mirror and avoided being “up front and close” in photos.

Then one day, I saw a photo of myself that stopped me in my tire tracks.  My head was lowered and I had a second rogue chin under my real chin!  And, although my face was in a “neutral” expression,  I looked angry!  

I began to really look at my face, as I had not done in many years.  I googled “aging face” and learned the inescapable truth about deteriorating facial muscle structures and how that muscle laxity was unpredictable but inevitable.  I also learned my two- year caregiving experience had negative consequences, causing elevated hormone production, prolonged inflammation and adverse impact on the immune system.  I came to better understand why I was looking at a face that looked as if it had aged a decade in just two years!  I think of this as the end of the Phase 1 of my facelift—the breakthrough of denial of the damage that age and circumstances had dealt to my face and acceptance that now was the time for my facelift!

How I found my Plastic Surgeon — Product/Service, Science, Experience

Phase 2 began with my computer as my helper.  I keystroked through the cosmetic marketing hype and bookmarked information, weeding out the derivative, broker-mediated websites.  I looked for inconsistencies, errors and carelessness on the websites and eliminated these out of hand.   I found the Top 5 primary cosmetic clinics and targeted them for intense scrutiny.

I learned all I could about the different kinds of facelifts–and there are many!  I learned that the “deep plane” facelift was the gold standard and expected to last 10-15 years.  I then began to research the surgeons and costs in my area and in Mexico.

Before Face lift Photos

I submitted these “Before” pictures to the Top 5 Plastic Surgery clinics in Tijuana for opinions and pricing before deciding to have Dr. Quiroz of CosMed perform my Full Face Lift Surgery.

I submitted a set of photos for a virtual consultation to my Top 5 clinics in Tijuana for opinions and pricing.  I visited one cosmetic surgeon in my local area.

Research became my new full-time retirement job.  I continued to search the doctors in Mexico who were doing facelift surgeries.  I read everything I could find in TV and magazine media about surgery in Mexico.   I googled medical journal sites to see who was doing research and writing about it.   I visited forums devoted to cosmetic surgery.

I finally chose CosMed and Dr. Quiroz after about a month of the Phase 2 “fact-gathering” process.  One cannot research and read forever and, at some point, must take the information at hand and decide to act—or not.  The selection started in the fact-finding, objective mode, but in the end, it is subjective based on a myriad of impressions.  There are many objective reasons I chose Dr. Quiroz and CosMed, but ultimately, it was a “feel” that sealed the deal!

After selection, the mechanics of making arrangements was simple.  It one of the goals of CosMed to create an experience for their clientele that minimizes apprehension and inconvenience.  Joyce is a reassuring and down-to-earth facilitator and made it all Easy Peasy!

The first step is to make your deposit and schedule your surgery date.  If you are near a Wells Fargo Bank (and who isn’t?), it is simple to make a direct deposit and Joyce emailed all detailed instructions.

The second step is to get your “medicals” done.  Knowing that I would need a full blood test (because of my medical training), I delayed my usual annual blood work so most of the specific, surgery-related cost would be absorbed by medical insurance coverage and minimize my out-of-pocket cost.

The surgeon required a Complete Blood Panel (CBC), a Complete Metabolic Panel (CMC), an EKG, a blood-clotting test (PTT) and HIV screening.  (Additionally, if you are of childbearing age, you will need pregnancy clearance tests.)  My primary care physician cooperated when I showed him Dr. Quiroz’s written request for these tests.  I got copies of all test results, scanned them into my computer, and emailed them to CosMed.

Last, I completed my travel itinerary and emailed that to CosMed.  With each step, I received a telephone confirmation that my correspondence had been received.

On Saturday, the day prior to my departure, I got a phone call from the transportation agent who would be picking me up at the airport.  On Sunday, the day before my scheduled surgery, I arrived at San Diego Airport and, with a phone call describing my exact location, watched the ground transportation agent drive up about 15 minutes later.  Our SUV zipped over the border without slowing down during the 20-minute trip.  All the vehicle’s occupants chattered excitedly about their upcoming procedures!

I was delivered to the entrance of the new CosMed clinic and entered an impressive lobby reception area where I was asked to sign in.  Though I was unable to read or understand a word of the sign in process, it was quickly accomplished and I was taken upstairs to a security-coded entry door into the Recovery Boutique.  There, I was checked in by the reception staff and taken to a tastefully-designed private room.  I noted with surprise that the hospital bed had a bed skirt on it—something I have never seen or even knew existed!  However, this underscored the attention to detail by the designer and effort to reduce the appearance of a clinical setting and minimize the cues that create apprehension.

Almost as soon as I sat down on my bed with a sigh of relief, the staff asked if I wanted something to eat and brought me a tray with some delicious food, which appeared to be “home-cooked.”  I later found out that all the food was prepared by caterer off-premises.
The next morning, an attendant came to me and asked me to check-in upstairs in the surgical suite in 5 minutes.  Holy Excitement!  It’s totally real now and I’m on my way!

NEXT > What to Expect Days After Face lift Surgery in Mexico

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Help us Tip the Scales in the Right Direction! CosMed Donates $1 for each new Facebook “Like” to Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America

CosMed Plastic Surgery Center will Donate $1 for each new Facebook Like to WLSFA during the month of May

CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico is a proud sponsor of the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA).

In addition to participating at the upcoming WLSFA event in Las Vegas May 18-120, CosMed will be donating an additional $1 for each new Facebook like generated on the CosMed Facebook Page during the month of May.

The nonprofit works towards ending obesity by empowering people to move from surviving to thriving through weight loss surgery, education and support.   WLSFA and its sponsors also support research to find solutions to enhance the quality of life of the morbidly obese community as well as raise awareness and funds for surgery.

Show your support of this important cause by “liking” the CosMed Facebook Page now
More about Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America
The WLSFA is a nonprofit organization powered by Weight loss surgery patients & their supporters, Bariatric Surgeons & their practices, Hospitals and Corporations. Together they raise funds and gather resources to give away in the form of Surgery Grants to people denied access to the medical treatment of obesity. Learn more at www.wlsfa.org

More about CosMed Plastic Surgery Center

Board Certified and Licensed to practice in the United States and Mexico, CosMed Clinic’s Chief Surgeon, Dr. Alejandro Quiroz is internationally recognized as one of the top plastic and reconstructive surgeons specializing in post bariatric / after weight loss surgeries. Dr. Quiroz has dedicated the last eighteen years to performing thousands of body lifts, contouring and skin tightening procedures especially needed after patients undergo rapid weight loss. CosMed´s bilingual staff is representative of the highest caliber of medical professionals all dedicated to providing the highest level of safety and service to all patients. His state of the art plastic surgery center is located within the new VIDA Wellness and Beauty Institute in the upscale area of Tijuana, Mexico . Visit CosMedClinic.com to see patient success stories, ask questions and learn more about the latest techniques in Post Bariatric / After Weight loss Surgery.

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Looking the Way You Feel – Plastic Surgery Patient Success Story

plastic surgery success storyDid you see COSMED’s patient featured in the Spring 2012 issue of New You magazine? She was featured as one of this month’s top 5 Inspired Patient success stories!

Here’s an except from the article. To see the original printed version, click here.

Roberta did her research, but the determining factor actually came from seeing results. “I went to a wedding of one of my former students. She, her mother and her grandmother had had the same doctor, Dr. Alejandro Quiroz, over a period of 20 years. They were thrilled with the results, and they all looked great. I was convinced and made the call”.

The results couldn’t have made her happier. “Every day someone tells me how good I look, or that I look younger by the day, or that I’m gorgeous. Now who wouldn’t want to hear that? That is so affirming,” she says. But even more important is that I feel good about myself.”

Roberta  had a Face lift, Neck lift, Brow lift, Dermal Abrasion, Fat Injection to Lips and Laser Resurfacing at COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.

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Plastic Surgery + Dermatology = Incredible Results in Anti-Aging, Facial Rejuvenation

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The new VIDA Wellness and Beauty Institute in Mexico includes a recovery boutique allowing patients to recover comfortably overnight under the supervision of a registered nurse.

There’s a new trend in anti-aging that is attracting women, and men alike, from all over the world to an internationally recognized Plastic-Aesthetic Surgery Center in Mexico. Located just minutes from San Diego in the upscale area of Tijuana,  board certified plastic surgeons are working hand-in-hand with experts in dermatology at the CosMed Plastic Surgery Center within the new VIDA Wellness and Beauty Institute. The collaboration is giving doctors the ability offer patients complete packages in facial rejuvenation.

This combination in expertise, all under one roof,  is producing incredible results. Plus, the new recovery boutique, which is also located within the VIDA wellness and beauty institute, allows patients to recover comfortably overnight under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Each Facial Rejuvenation “Package” at CosMed is customize to the patient’s individual needs. In the case of the following success story, the package included a Facelift, Neck lift, Brow Lift,  as well as dermabrasion and fraxel.

Patient Success Story:
The following story was submitted by a recent patient of CosMed Plastic Surgery Center at the VIDA Wellness and Beauty Institute.

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Integrated Medicine: Combining Plastic Surgery with Dermatology for a complete package in Facial Rejuvenation.

“For several years I have dreamed of getting a face lift and thought I would try to aim for my 60th birthday. I ‘m a Cosmetologist Instructor and work with beautiful young women and men every day. We are surrounded with mirrors, and being a woman, I’m always checking to see if I look OK. Many times I would just look away disappointed, thinking about how nice it would be if I just didn’t have all those wrinkles! Like every other women over 40, I too, have placed my hands on my face and pulled the skin back like a very tight ponytail and wished I could look younger. I’m very energetic and just wished I could look as young as I feel. Since I am single and really don’t have a lot of money, I thought it would never happen for me….only wealthy people can afford to get facelifts.

I started researching and discovered that one of my former students, her mother and her grandmother all had some form of plastic surgery done in Tijuana, Mexico at Cosmed Clinic over a period of 20 years. Dr Quiroz has beautified all three generations! Now that was a recommendation! PLUS, I was told I could get a 10% discount by just going to their Facebook page and clicking “like”. I knew after I counted all my pennies, I would have just enough to pay the full amount before the end of the month. I was so excited and decided to keep it a secret even from my family until the last minute.

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see if I could actually do it for myself. Then after a short consultation on the phone, I decided I wanted to see the facility and meet the doctor face to face. Accompanied by my student’s mother, I was able to make an appointment and we made our short journey from San Diego into Tijuana. It was so easy to find the clinic and we were all set. I found the Doctor Alejandro Quiroz to be tremendously personable and easy to trust. And after talking with Joyce, I was convinced I had made the right decision. So we booked the date, not realizing the surprise that was ahead for me.

The months seemed to drag by, but finally September came and I took off work for 3 weeks. It just happened that after several years, a dream was also coming true for the doctors and staff at Cosmed Clinic. Their brand new state of the art facility was ready and they were moving in at last. So I was one of the very first people to have surgery and spend the night there. How exciting to see it all come together bit by bit and be a part of their success story too.

Returning to work was a bit scary since I was still quite swollen and out of sorts. I felt very self conscious and really didn’t want people to see me yet. But when I arrived at the school, I got nothing but encouragement and supportive comments. It was wonderful. Almost every day someone tells me how much better I look or that I look 20 years younger. People even say I’m gorgeous! Who doesn’t want to hear that??? Well, to be honest, I had a hard time getting used to my new look, but now after 8 weeks, I am starting to feel at home and happy with myself.
The first time my daughter saw me 3 weeks after surgery, she broke out crying and said, “I want the face of my beloved mother back!”…but happily, I can now report that the last time I saw her she told me I looked great!

The “before picture” is how I looked a couple of months ago when I first got up in the morning. I am rather good at putting on makeup, but WOW, now I can wear less and still look nice. Some of my good friends have told me that I just look so good…and after I tell them I had a facelift, they are surprised! They say I just look so refreshed and bright. So I’ve decided not to mention it and just take the compliments and say a big “thank you” under my breath for Dr. Quiroz and his staff for doing such a great job!

My dream finally came true 7 years later than I had hoped, but it is one of the most life-changing birthday presents I’ve ever received! You do the math and you be the judge! I think this is definitely a success story that needed to be told. Thank you for clicking “like.””

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For more plastic surgery success stories, before and after photos, and information on how you can book your own appointment, visit www.CosMedClinic.com


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After-Care Draws Americans to Cross International Borders to Obtain Health Care

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It's not only the affordable medical treatment that is causing the increasing trend in medical tourism, but the treatment patients receive after their surgeries.


Medical Tourism on the Rise

As more Americans are losing health insurance, the trend to travel out of the country for affordable medical procedures is increasing. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 46 million Americans are currently uninsured, making the medical procedures that are performed at a fraction of the cost in other countries more attractive.

“Medical tourism”, better-known as traveling across international borders to obtain health care, offers a variety of procedures, from dental work to cosmetic surgery, at a fraction of the cost that an individual would be charged in the United States. But, it’s not only the cost that is attracting Americans to travel to other countries such as Mexico and India to get these procedures performed; it is the after-care they are receiving.

“Rather than dreading coming to Tijuana for surgery, people are looking forward to a luxurious experience,” said Dr. Alejandro Quiroz, M.D. Chief Surgeon and founder of CosMed Clinic in Mexico. “Patients stay in nice hotels, receive personalized care, are given meals and when they leave they tell us that it feels like they are leaving a spa, rather than a medical clinic.”

Less than 20 minutes from the United States border, facilities like CosMed Clinic, located in Tijuana, Mexico, are becoming more popular and sources are predicting medical tourism to be a $100 billion industry by 2012.  While some are skeptical of traveling to another country to get a medical procedure performed, others are extremely confident in trusting the board certified surgeons to their health.

“After traveling to Tijuana for my reconstructive surgery and experiencing the treatment I received, I won’t get health care in the states again,” said Marika, a CosMed Clinic patient. “My doctor was readily available to me, always answering my questions and I walked away feeling amazing and completely satisfied with my experience.”

For more information about the health procedure aftercare in other countries, visit http://www.cosmedclinic.com/mexico_plastic_surgery_resources.html

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Abdominal Etching: Ending the Chase for Chiseled Abs

Male and Female sculpted aps

Do you seek a lean, more defined abdominal physique?  Are you frustrated that countless stomach crunches, diets, and endless hours at the gym are ineffective at producing the six-pack you seek?  If so, abdominal etching or abdominal liposculpture may be the solution for you.

What is Ab Etching?

Abdominal etching or abdominal liposculpture is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to help people obtain defined abs and an athletic waist contour.  It is one of the many body contour services offered at CosMed Clinic and is becoming increasingly popular because of its high success rate and relatively low or no complication.

This form of detailed liposculpting creates indentations to achieve the six-pack or washboard stomach appearance by removing fat deposits overlying abdominal muscle.   Areas of treatment typically focus on the abdomen, flanks, waist and/or chest to help reveal muscular contours making the abdomen appear tighter, firmer and more muscular.

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Abdominal Etching Before and After Pictures

Abdominal Etching Before and After Pictures, by Dr. Carlos Castañeda, M.D. of CosMed Clinic in Mexico

Ab etching is performed under regional block anesthesia and i.v. sedation and takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the amount of fat to remove.  A number of small incisions (2-3 mm) are made in the abdominal region through which a cannula is inserted to remove excess fat.  The incisions are generally made in the belly button and natural folds of the abdomen to minimize the visibility of scars.  Fat is removed specifically along the abdominal muscle lines resulting in a sculpted, more defined muscular appearance once the procedure is complete.

Ab Etching can be combined with other liposuction and fat redistribution procedures.  For instance, the excess fat removed from abdominal resculpting can be transferred to the buttocks.

So why its increasing popularity, particularly among men?  The procedure produces sexy results.  We’ll admit it.  Well-defined, six-pack abs are just that.  Sexy.   With it’s minimally invasive nature and short recovery time (about one week),  it’s no surprise that this procedure is becoming more routine in our clinic.  Patients can expect to return to their full normal physical activities in 3-6weeks looking healthier, toner, and more fit.

Am I a Candidate?

Abdominal etching is performed on both men and women who desire a leaner, chiseled abdominal appearance.  Ideal candidates for this procedure should be physically fit and have established abdominal muscle tone with relatively small localized fat deposits in the abdominal area.  Normal skin tone and elasticity is also needed to ensure optimal skin retraction after the removal of fat.

To best assess your candidacy, request a free virtual consultation with our CosMed Clinic professionals.  The staff and board certified plastic surgeons at CosMed Clinic can assist with all your questions regarding surgery details, costs, and what to expect after your procedure.

If you find that countless hours at the gym aren’t producing the abdominal muscular definition you want, put an end to the chase and explore how the CosMed Clinic can get the dream body you work hard to deserve.

For more information on cosmetic surgery in Mexico, please view our patient resource page.

Have a question or comment about abdominal sculpting?  Please share your comments here.

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About the contributing author:

Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda M.D.Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda, M.D. is a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Abdominal Etching is among one of the many body contour procedures  Dr. Castañeda specializes in.  He graduated at the top of his class from the University of Baja California and is board certified by the Mexican Council of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (CMCPER) and is a member of the Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (AMCPER).

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Should You Hire a Personal Trainer to Help You Get Fit?

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Michelle Pearl is a fitness expert and patient of CosMed Clinic who had reconstructive surgery with Dr. Quiroz after losing over 100 pounds.

By CosMed Guest Blogger, Michelle Pearl

If you are considering hiring a personal trainer to help you lose weight so that he or she can beat you up mentally and physically like the caustic personal trainers on “reality” weight loss shows do, you might want to come up with a plan B.

When I went through the coursework to become certified as a personal trainer, I never studied one lesson that told me to stand on my clients’ chests and scream derogatory comments at them to get them to perform grueling routines in order to lose weight.

Because of the distorted representations on TV, most people don’t realize that a personal trainer’s primary role is not to use a whip-sharp tongue and painful, punishing exercises to demean clients to get them into shape. A personal trainer’s job is to help people improve their physical ability to safely achieve their fitness goals; whether that means helping an older person strengthen his bones and increase his energy levels or helping an athlete improve his performance in a specific sport. For example, a personal trainer does not work with a tennis player on improving his serve and backhand. A personal trainer helps the player improve the bodily functions that the player needs to advance his performance in his sport by working on speed, agility and upper body strength.

Toward that end, if you hire a personal trainer to help you lose weight, a knowledgeable personal trainer will start by helping you get your body into optimum shape to assist you with reaching that goal. He or she will train you to ensure that you have adequate strength, proper balance, good alignment, sufficient cardiorespiratory endurance and excellent technique so that you can participate successfully in whichever cardiovascular and strength training exercises you enjoy, which will help you to burn calories and build lean muscle mass.

‘Enjoy’ is the most important word here. If you find yourself dreading the very thought of the form of exercise you have chosen to participate in, you need to try something different; sooner rather than later. If you hate it, your chances of sticking with it are about as good as a snowball’s chances of surviving in hell.

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About the Author:
Michelle Pearl, CPT, GFI, LWMC is a fitness expert, entrepreneur, former award-winning newspaper columnist and the author of Wake Up, You Are Probably Never Going to Look Like That; How to be Happier, Healthier and Imperfectly Fit. For more information visit: www.ImperfectFitness.com or visit her video blog at www.FedUpFemale.com

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Exercise: Why Getting Started Can Seem Like Torture

By Michelle Pearl, CosMed Clinic’s Guest Blogger

Exercise can feel overwhelming

Exercise can feel overwhelming when you first start. You don’t have any cardio-respiratory endurance, so you get winded easily. And to top it all off, you are probably really uncomfortable in skimpy exercise clothing.

How many times have you made a promise to yourself to start exercising and then thrown in the towel before the first drop of sweat has had time to form on your upper lip?

There are reasons why getting started with an exercise program can be so difficult, and it has nothing to do with your level of desire, or commitment, or the curse of having your Aunt Martha’s genetic predisposition for thick ankles.

It is your body that is quashing all your good intentions. Did you know that the bones in your body are constantly being broken down and restored and that, in fact, your entire skeleton is replaced approximately every 10 years? Your bones actually reshape and rebuild themselves based on the kind of external and internal forces that they are subjected to. In other words, when it comes to your bone structure, form follows function.

Picture a person who has had the misfortune of being bedridden for an extended period of time. The bones of the skeleton literally adapt to this inactivity and become frail and brittle. But this is a gate that swings both ways. Your bones will adapt to physical activity in the same way; increasing in density by laying down more bone tissue in response to the increased physical stresses caused by exercise.

Exercise with a friend

As you get older, exercise is one of the best lines of defense that you can draw upon in your lifelong quest to stay active, mobile, and in shape. So grab a friend and get moving!

Now you know why so many sedentary elderly folks suffer from broken bones when they fall. The longer they have been sedentary, the more fragile their bones become. As you get older, exercise is one of the best lines of defense that you can draw upon in your lifelong quest to stay active, mobile, and in shape.

Just like with your bones, form follows function in your muscles. Let’s say you sit while you commute to your job every morning. Once there, you sit at your desk all day, and then you sit on the commute home. You finish the day by sitting down to watch TV, repeating the routine day after day.

When the better part of your day is spent in a sitting position, you are doing a terrific job at training your gluteus maximus—your butt muscles—to lengthen, and your hip flexors—the muscles that help you pull your knee upward so that you can walk—to shorten. Your muscles will adapt and reshape themselves to accommodate the way you use them most. That is why the very act of getting up and walking after you sit for a long period can seem like such a chore. You have literally trained the muscles in your body to make you into an Olympic-class couch potato!

That is also why an exercise program can seem so overwhelming when you first get started. Your muscles are messed up, which has likely messed up your posture, which makes almost any exercise harder. You don’t have any cardio-respiratory endurance, so you get winded easily. And to top it all off, you are probably really uncomfortable in skimpy exercise clothing.

The thought of all that can be enough to make you sit down with a tub of ice cream as you toss the whole idea of exercising right out the window.

In the beginning, when everything about exercise seems so difficult, you simply have to go on faith. You have to believe that each of these discomforts will eventually disappear if you just stick with it.

Or you can keep going the way you have been with the clear understanding that you have given yourself front-row seats to the decline of your body and your overall health for the rest of your natural life.

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Bio:

Michelle Pearl

Michelle Pearl

Michelle Pearl, is an actual patient of CosMed Clinic who had reconstructive surgery with Dr. Quiroz  after her weight loss. She is also a CPT, GFI, LWMC  fitness expert, entrepreneur, former award-winning newspaper columnist and the author of Wake Up, You Are Probably Never Going to Look Like That; How to be Happier, Healthier and Imperfectly Fit. For more information visit: www.ImperfectFitness.com or visit her video blog at www.FedUpFemale.com

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