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Liposuction: Will the Fat Come Back?


“Liposculpture is not a weight loss surgery, it is a surgery for improving shape, ” explains Dr. Castañeda. “People should not consider this as weight control, it should be a kick-start for lifestyle change and healthy living. “

Liposuction (also referred to as Liposculpture and lipoplasty)  is one of the most commonly requested surgical procedures. It can sculpt and develop the shape of the body by removing unwanted fat from the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck.

Today, many different techniques and approaches of Liposuction exist to provide the optimum results for many different patients. (Click here to learn more about the different types of liposuction available). Those who have struggled with diet and exercise can now attain desired results from liposculpture and finally remove their stubborn areas of fat.

However, whatever type of liposuction procedure you and your doctor choose, the question often arises, “Will the fat come back?”

According to a recent article posted by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “for years, doctors have noticed that those liposuction patients who consume too many calories and don’t exercise enough usually don’t put on tummy weight after abdominal liposuction but, in a year’s time, store new fat in other bodily areas such as the arms, the back or the breasts.”

In other words, although fat may not come back in the area treated, patients can still increase the overall size of their body without proper diet and exercise.

“Liposculpture is not a weight loss surgery, it is a surgery for improving shape, ” explains Dr. Castañeda, Plastic Surgeon at COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico. “People should not consider this as weight control, it should be a kick-start for lifestyle change and healthy living. ”

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Dr. Carlos Castañeda, M.D. is a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon at COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Tijuana, Mexico. He is experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures and Board certified by the Mexican Council of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (CMCPER). He is also a Member of International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Contact him at

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Introducing the Winners of our “Share Your Success Story” Contest

Thank you to all of our patients who participated in this year’s “Share your Success Story” Facebook contest. Here’s a look at our Grand Prize Winner of a $1500 gift certificate to be used towards surgical fees at CosMed Clinic. Scroll down to view the success story along with the stories of our two runner ups. For more success stories or to chat with real patients, be sure to Like the CosMed Clinic Facebook page.

Grand Prize Winner!

Plastic Surgery Success Story“A couple years ago I decided to get surgery with Dr. Juan Carlos Fuentes at CosMed Clinic for nose and chin reconstruction. I would always get teased about how I looked, which really lowered my self-esteem and I thought maybe if I had a little touch up, it will boost my confidence . I was very nervous, but excited at the same time. The pictures are to show the work of Dr. Fuentes and the improvement he made to my face. Unfortunately, I don’t have a side profile view showing my chin because that’s how insecure I was about it. I am happy with the results and the staff at CosMed Clinic are wonderful and the surgeons are precise and caring. I also managed to clear up my skin from breakouts 🙂 Thank you CosMed Clinic!”



Runner Up – and winner of $100 Gift Certificate to our Medi-Spa

Plastic Surgery Success Story“I have struggled with obesity all my life. Finally after three kids and in my late twenties I decided to do something about it…… after two weight loss surgeries later my body had finally lost all my excess weight…so I should have been ecstatic right?? WRONG….I was left with a complete mess… I had no breasts, excess skin on my stomach and back, and no rear end. I am not sure what was worse the weight loss or being fat. One day I woke up and decided I would stop sulking and do something about it. I started out with having the excess skin removed and of course I was still unhappy. I started doing some research online about Brazilian butt lifts and fat transfers when I came across the reply of a doctor in Tijuana and his name was Dr. Quiroz. I was intrigued by his reply regarding the surgery and when I pulled up his website I knew instantly that he was the one that was going to make me beautiful again. I called and requested more info from Joyce and next thing I know I was booked for a breast augmentation and fat transfer to the buttocks. It has been 4 months since my surgery and I have never felt so good! I look better now than I did in High School!!! And it is the boost that I have looking for my entire life!! And that is priceless!!! I have to go back for a revision on my tummy tuck and the only one I would trust for this is Dr. Quiroz. He was honest and explained to me in detail what he was going to do and what else I needed to finish my transformation. Overall this has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself.”

Runner Up – and winner of $100 Gift Certificate to our Medi-Spa

Plastic Surgery Success StoriesDr. Quiroz did my circumferential tummy tuck and breast lift. The before picture [isn’t very good]…..the good ones are all naked…. BUT you can see, after losing a heap load of weight I had a lot of loose skin in the tummy. Dr. Q did a great job and I feel fabulous. Being comfortable in your own skin was new to me, but I’m sure getting to like it!!”



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Are you ready to make 2012 your year? Take the first step towards a NEW YOU by filling out our private, free online virtual consultation form. One of our board certified plastic surgeons or dermatologist will help you decide which procedure is best for you.

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2012 Trends: A Look at Anti-Aging, Beauty and Plastic Surgery Trends for 2012

Plastic Surgery is no longer an exclusive beauty secret of the rich and famous. As more and more people realize the incredible results the right plastic surgeon and dermatologist can provide, more people are opting in – and telling all of their friends and family about it. Just take a look at CosMed Clinic’s Facebook page this past year. In just a few short months after we launched it, we have patients sharing success stories and helping new patients ease uncertainties.   We also have our own board certified plastic surgeons and dermatologist answering questions and posting important updates on beauty and anti-aging trends.

And with Michelle Obama’s recent interview declaring that it is safe to travel to Mexico, we expect even more Americans and Canadians alike to make the journey to our brand new, state-of-art facility in Mexico.

In fact, we are in the processe of scheduling appointments for 2012. CosMed is offering 10% off all surgical fees to new patients when you schedule your first appointment and pay in full by January 31, 2012. Surgery must be completed by March 31, 2012 to take advantage of this special offer. (Contact CosMed Clinic now to take advantage of this special offer)

Here’s a look at some of the most popular plastic surgery and beauty procedures for 2012:

2011 was a big year for plastic surgery. Our patient, Tammy, was featured in Oprah Magazine after her procedures with Dr. Quiroz of CosMed Clinic in Mexico

Liposculpture (Lipoplasty/Suction Lipectomy)

Liposculpture continues to be one of the most commonly requested surgical procedures. It can sculpt and develop the shape of the body by removing unwanted fat from the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Since it has become popular within the past decade, liposculpture has benefited from additional studies and refinements of the previous technique.

“While some plastic surgeons recommend Zeltiq, we still believe we can achieve better results through Liposculpture, or UAL (Ultrasound Assisted Liposculpture). In addition we can use the fat for grafting to face or hands for rejuvenation, butt or breast for augmentation. With Zeltiq fat gets destroyed.” explains CosMed Clinic’s Dr. Carlos Castaneda

Today, many different techniques and approaches of liposculpture exist to provide the optimum results for many different patients. Those who have struggled with diet and exercise can now attain desired results from liposculpture and finally remove their stubborn areas of fat.

Tummy Tucks

This major surgical procedure is typically performed with general or local anesthesia and a sedative. During a “tummy tuck,” our board-certified plastic surgeons will remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure has been preferred by women who want to improve stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy, and also to reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.

The incision from abdominoplasty will leave a permanent scar between the hips, which can easily be concealed with a bikini. Abdominoplasty is commonly performed within approximately two to five hours, with a recovery range of around two weeks to a few months. Combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise, your tummy tuck results can last for many years


Thermage is a non-invasive procedure that helps tighten and contour your skin in a single treatment. This is a non surgical procedure and no injections are needed. Benefits of Thermage include:

1. Tighter, smoother skin …
2. Softened wrinkles and lines …
3. Younger looking appearance.

“We recommend Thermage instead of skin rollers. While the idea is the same, triggering collagen production, it can also be done on any part of the body,” says Dr. Castaneda.

Thermage allows patients to get tighter and smoother skin with little to no downtime. Thermage uses unique radiofrequency (RF) technology to safely heat the deep layers of your skin, while cooling the surface of your skin to keep it intact during the procedure.

This deep heating stimulates your body’s natural skin renewal process, which helps tighten existing collagen and form new collagen. Over time, sagging or wrinkled skin is replaced with smoother, tighter skin; improved tone and texture; and an overall younger looking appearance.

With more and more people understanding the benefits of cosmetic surgery in 2012, we also expect to see more Fat grafting for facial rejuvenation, IPL, lasers and fat grafts for hand rejuvenation. We are also seeing more male plastic surgery.

For more information about any of these procedures, please contact CosMed Clinic directly, or fill out our private, free online virtual consultation form. A board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist will help you determine which procedures is best for you.

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New Benefits to a Tummy Tuck: More than just Looking Great, a Tummy Tuck can help you Feel Great Too

For mothers, a tummy tuck can offer more than a tigher stomach, it can also improve posture and help back pain

New evidence suggests that an abdominoplasty, also referred to as a tummy tuck, is helping patients in areas beyond just improving self-esteem. The procedure, which tightens the abdominal region by removing excess skin and unsightly fat deposits, has been found to improve back pain as well.

“My peers have done research on women with loose abdominal wall musculature and back pain problems, and found a statistically significant improvement on pain after an abdominoplasty,” said  Dr. Carlos Castaneda, a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon for CosMed Clinic in Mexico.

“It was attributed to the rectus abdominis muscles plicature, documented by an improvement on x-ray measures taken from the lumbosacral spine. Translating all this is, basically better standing posture, ” explained Dr. Castaneda.

Patients who typically request a tummy tuck are women who feel their stomach muscles are weakened after childbirth and have excess skin around the abdominal region. Such patients also request a full mommy  makeover which can include breast lift, liposuction and labiaplasty in addition to a tummy tuck.

Not quite sure which procedure is right for you? Get a personalized response from a real  board certified plastic surgeon, when you fill out CosMed Clinic’s private, online virtual consultation form.

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Men and Plastic Surgery: Some Common Procedures

Men and Plastic surgery

Male cosmetic surgery is on the rise. Dr. Carlos Castaneda of Cosmed Clinic has put together a list of most common surgeries requested by men to help you better understand what these surgeries are.

Men and plastic surgery  is a topic that we have recently gotten a lot of interests and questions about.  There are many  different types of plastic surgery procedures available for men. CosMed Clinic’s Dr. Carlos Castaneda has put together a  list of the most commonly requested male cosmetic surgeries and what kinds of results you can expect with each.

Abdominal Etching (High-Definition Liposculpture, 6-pack Liposculpture, Chiseled Abdomen): All these terms refer to creating an athletic looking abdomen by enhancing the appearance of the rectus abdominis muscles by sculpting them with liposuction or ultrasonic liposuction. To maintain a natural appearance, these procedures are usually preformed on the normal creases of the abdominal musculature. Similar procedures are also performed on the chest areas to make a man’s chest and pecs more defined.

Hair Restoration (micro follicular hair transplant, hair transplant, single follicular unit hair restoration): This terms refer to taking the patients own hair follicles from the occipital area of the scalp, because this area is not affected by the hormonal stimuli that causes male pattern hair loss, this can be done taking a strip of scalp and separating it into single follicular units and then transplanting them to the bald areas or with a micro punch technique which requires no incisions, just harvesting each follicular unit at a time and transplanting them to the desired areas.

Male eyelid surgery (male eyelid lift, male facial rejuvenation): In the case of men and plastic surgery, facial lifts must be very subtle because making big changes is usually not what aging men want.  It is important to create natural results that will improve  and maintain a masculine youthfulness for male patients without being obvious.

Calf augmentation (calf implants): For some men calves are noticeably thin even in people that work out a lot,
this is a common procedure to correct hypotrophic musculature on the lower legs and get a more balanced body shape overall.

Penile enlargement  (penile girth enhancement, penile elongation, suspensory ligament release, pubic liposuction): Girth enhancement and enlargement can be accomplished by injecting fat onto the penile shaft to make it thicker. To lengthen the penis  the suspensory ligament can be release so the penis hangs lower. In some cases liposuction of the pubic area can also make it look longer by extracting the excess fat volume from the base of the penile shaft.

Male rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs): In men we always try to keep a masculine look.  Good surgeons, who understand men and plastic surgery, will always take into account the rest of the patient’s face so that it’s in proportion to the nose that they are shaping.

Gynecomastia (male breast reduction, Gynecomastia reduction, chest liposuction, chest reduction): Gynecomastia refers to a condition in which the male breast tissue enlarges usually because of hormonal changes or weight gain. The excess volume is composed of fat and glandular tissue. In cases where fat is the main component, usually liposuction is enough to reduce it. However, when there’s a high gland component, liposuction is first recommended to take as much excess fat as possible and then a small periareolar incision is made to extract the glandular tissue, which may sometime leave a small subtle mark. On extreme cases where excess skin is an issue, a breast lift would be needed.

Male butt augmentation (male fat transfer to buttocks, male Brazilian buttlift, Male butt-lift): This can be accomplished through injecting the patient’s own fat into the buttock area to give it more volume, correct asymmetries or enhance the shape and feel of it.


Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda M.D.Do you have a question relating to men and plastic surgery ? Ask our expert surgeon, Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda, M.D. .  Dr. Castneda is  a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.  Dr. Castañeda 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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Does Liposuction Offer More Than a Cosmetic Benefit?

Are there health benefits to Liposuction? Recent study found benefits beyond just looking great.

We recently found this important article on MedScape that we thought would be of interest to our pateints considering liposuction. We’ve provided some interesting highlights below, but you can read the full article at


Does Liposuction Offer More Than a Cosmetic Benefit?

Patients who receive liposuction or liposuction with abdominoplasty might emerge from those procedures with metabolic profiles less attuned to cardiovascular disease and other complications, a recent study of 322 individuals who presented with a range of body mass indices has found.

The study found that decreases in circulating triglyceride levels and leukocyte counts in both men and women after fat-reduction surgery have a beneficial impact on the reduction of systemic inflammatory status, and might illuminate the role of subcutaneous fat relative to visceral fat in disease mechanisms and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Swanson, who presented this data at Plastic Surgery 2011: American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting told Medscape Medical News that “Patients with normal triglyceride levels experienced no significant change after liposuction. However, patients with levels of greater than 150 mg/dL demonstrated a 43% reduction. In fact, 62% of these patients whose levels were at risk before liposuction had normal levels after liposuction.”

Triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dL have been associated with an elevated risk for metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary artery disease, and peripheral vascular disease.

“We do know that the drop in triglyceride levels we found in these patients actually exceeded what can be accomplished medically,” Dr. Swanson explained, “so it may be that there is a therapeutic benefit.”

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The Battle with Loose Skin after Weight Loss: Michelle’s Story

We’re touched when patients share their personal experience and success stories with us.  It reflects a trust  our patients have in the care they receive at CosMed Clinic.  Thank you Michelle for allowing us to participate in the final steps of achieving your ideal body and sharing your story with others. 

Imagine who you can inspire just by sharing.  That’s what Michelle Pearl, fitness expert and past patient of CosMed Clinic did when creating this video about her personal experience with weight loss and after weight loss surgery.  Through good old-fashion diet and exercise, Michelle worked hard and lost over 100 pounds.  The weight loss, however, left Michelle with an unexpected problem – sagging skin that kept hanging around.   What did she do?  Find out how she pursued cosmetic surgery to tackle areas of unwanted loose and excess skin.  Check out her inspiring video on post bariatric plastic surgery here.

About Michelle Pearl:

Michelle PearlMichelle Pearl, CPT, GFI, LWMC is a fitness expert and past patient of CosMed Clinic who underwent reconstructive surgery with Dr. Quiroz after losing 100 pounds.  She is an  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: or visit her video blog at

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