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Sara’s Incredible Post Bariatric Surgery Success Story

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Sara with a pair of her old pants that she is giving away after her incredible weight loss

Former patient, Sara Keenan recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. She explained that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with CosMed’s Dr. Quiroz. We are so proud of her dedication and perseverance throughout her weight loss journey! – See more at:

Former patient, Sara Keenan recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. She explained that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with CosMed’s Dr. Quiroz. We are so proud of her dedication and perseverance throughout her weight loss journey!

More about Sara’s Weight Loss Journey:

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Former patient, Sara Keenan recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. She explained that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with CosMed’s Dr. Quiroz. We are so proud of her dedication and perseverance throughout her weight loss journey!

More about Sara’s Weight Loss Journey:

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Sara, age 53,  recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. In the article, she explains that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with Dr. Quiroz of CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.

More about Sara’s Weight Loss Journey:

After looking death in the face, Sara realized that she needed to lose a large amount of weight in order to live.  Weighing over 300 pounds, Keenan was struck with pneumonia, which was triggered by taking a narcotic for her back pain.  She realized then that in order to continue living, she needed to lose some weight.

After dropping an incredible 170 pounds, Sara searched long and hard to find the right doctor to remove the excess skin that remained.  That’s when she found Dr. Quiroz and learned about her options for plastic surgery after weight loss. Now, at age 53 Sara is turning more heads than ever before!

Read more about Sara’s amazing weight loss experience


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Having Surgery? New Healing and Skin Stimulation Treatments with LED technology

LED Anti-againg

LEDs offer a totally natural, non-ablative method for skin rejuvenation.

Submitted by Dr. de la Fuente, COSMED Dermatologist

While LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are now widely recognized as emerging light sources for general illumination, it turns out that LED lighting can also enable a broad range of life-science-centric applications. The American Academy of Dermatology has identified a number of uses for LED lighting in skin-related therapies. LEDs are significant biologically because they can modify the function of mitochondria within cells. In the same way that plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into plant tissue, LEDs can trigger natural cellular photobiochemical reactions in the skin.

How do LEDs work?

LEDs offer a totally natural, non-ablative method for skin rejuvenation. The light from medical grade LEDs interacts with cells and stimulates them to produce new collagen and elastin. Studies confirm that the same LED energy can be used to affect collagen formation, which can be helpful in the treatment of scars. By manipulating the wavelengths, cells metabolism can be turned on and off, improving the blood flow, modulating inflammatory factors and proteins necessary to prolong the life of skin cells.

Which skin problems benefit from LED Therapy?

  • Scar prevention: Red/Near-Infrared Light
  • Wound Healing: Red/Near-Infrared/Visible Light
  • Acne: Blue light
  • Rosacea and redness: Red Light
  • Anti-aging/Rejuvenation: Red/Near Infrared Light
  • Photodynamic Therapy for skin precancer and cancer: Blue/Red Light

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments and the treatment times will vary depending on the problem being treated, the amount of surface area treated and the area treated. Treatments may last from 2 to 15 minutes. Since the results are progressive, you will notice more correction with each treatment. As full correction approaches, treatment intervals can be expanded to 3 – 6 month intervals. For scar prevention and healing, treatments are recommended at least 1 day before surgery, and 3 or more consecutive days after.

Will the treatments hurt?

No. The treatment is very relaxing, sometimes with a warm sensation. The delivery of the LED energy to the skin is completely pain free. The energy generated by the LEDs is gentle enough to treat all ethnic skin types.

What will I feel like after my treatment?

Most patients return to normal activities immediately. What patients like is that treatments are fast and they don’t have to miss any activities.

Can I have LED Skin Rejuvenation with other treatments?

Yes. It is highly complementary with other skin treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, as well as non-ablative, ablative lasers and IPL treatments to improve and accelerate the healing process. Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons worldwide are beginning to choose LEDs as one of their preferred treatments for very fine lines, light brown spots, acceleration of healing due to aesthetic treatments, but ultimately for scar prevention due to surgeries and many other conditions. Recent studies have shown that skin treated with LEDs before and after a cosmetic surgery tends to heal faster, showing amazing results for a better scarring, but also can prevent bad scarring, including hypertrophic scars and keloids. If using topical retinoids, it is necessary to stop them before and during the LED sessions. Before the treatments, you should tell the doctor of all the medications and creams that you are using.

Is LED therapy an option for my next visit to COSMED?

Absolutely, especially if you are having surgery or laser. LEDs will quicken the healing process, and at the same time will prevent/improve the scarring process. It is important to emphasize that for acne, it is not a substitute of conventional treatments, it is a complement and preferably combined with the medical treatments offered by dermatologists. LEDs are FDA cleared for all of the mentioned skin conditions.

Planning your next surgery and want to improve the healing and scarring process? Consider adding LEDs, starting at $150 USD for 4 sessions, especially if you plan to stay for some days or live near Tijuana. For other skin conditions, please contact us at 1-877-235-1968 or visit


Dr. de la Fuente

Dr. de la Fuente

COSMED dermatologist Dr. de la Fuente is experienced in both clinical and cosmetic Dermatology and is Board Certified by the Mexican Council of Dermatology. He has presented and published scientific articles available at PubMed, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatolgy, Skin and Aging, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology and many more. He also serves as a Dermatology Professor at School of Medicine in Tijuana.

To learn more or schedule your appointment, visit

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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. ”

Learn more about liposuction and other body contouring procedures.


Dr. Castañeda

Dr. Castañeda

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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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

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Introducing our Newest Guest Blogger: Is She a bit Like You?


Here’s Sue BEFORE her Face Lift with Dr. Quiroz of COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico. Look for her next blog posts as she shares her experiences (and photos!) of her plastic surgery journey.

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

Maybe you have thought that cosmetic surgery “is not for me.” Maybe you are right. However, it is likely that you arrived at the CosMed website and are reading this because you are curious what you might be getting into as you begin to explore cosmetic surgery.

Perhaps, you are contemplating a cosmetic procedure with less than complete information and are not sure how to get the facts you need. Perhaps you are hesitant with thoughts of pain, fear of the unknown or dread critical judgments by others. Maybe you are harshly judging your own sanity! All of these concerns are common and can be valuable in the “discovery process” because they slow you down from what is an emotionally based pursuit. After all, this surgery is elective and cosmetic! Such an important decision as cosmetic surgery should not be entered into lightly or with unexamined expectations.

About my blog posts for COSMED:
This story began as a personal blog for my friends and family and morphed into a series. I, along with CosMed, believed that an “informational blog” might be of interest to readers. When preparing for surgery, there is much groundwork that needs to be done including personal, emotional, medical, and financial questions that need to be addressed before scheduling. However, pulling the details together is manageable, especially if you remember the Rule of ONE-a minimalist approach to problem solving where you focus on ONE thing at a time.

About Sue, The Blogger:
This Blog will be a series written by one woman who wrestled with many of the same questions and issues as you are.

I am Sue, a 63-year-old widow. These are the two most important factors that relate to the desire for a facelift-age and marital status.

Why is age important? Chronological age represents a clock of my time here on Planet Earth; if I am to believe the actuaries, then my clock is at now at 4:38pm (nearly cocktail time!). I have some time until the clock strikes midnight and am acutely aware of the passage of time.

Why is my marital status an important factor? Now, I check off the “Widow” box on my tax return. The protracted and extremely difficult nature of my husband’s cancer journey took an ugly toll on my body; I became more overweight and my face fell along with my hopes for the future. The unrelenting stressors of caretakings after-effects are well-documented and were painfully evident whenever I looked in the mirror. My face aged a decade in 2 years. Every time I looked at myself, I was reminded of the awfulness of losing my husband. It has been 3 years since his passing and I decided it was time to heal the outside of me. I have lost 30 lbs. It is time for my facelift.

My personality occupies the high end of the “happiness scale”; in fact, I have been told that there might be something seriously wrong with me. What can I say-I was blessed with Happy Hormones and a sometimes annoyingly cheerful disposition. I spend 4-5 months/year traveling the US with my bichon frise, Cassie, spending time with friends and family from coast-to-coast. My inquisitive, outgoing nature is a perfect match for my RV travel lifestyle. I especially enjoy the beauty and solitude of our country’s national parks. I seek new experiences; last year I went whitewater rafting and this year I am planning a zip line at the Royal Gorge in Colorado. Solo travel can be too solitary at times, so I write a Blog to stay in contact with my F & F who seem to vicariously enjoy my adventures. I am sometimes obsessed with doing things on the computer and some of my friends think I am “geeky.”

When not traveling, I reside in a modest over-55 retirement community in Florida where my activities as a newsletter editor bring me both Yays and Nays depending on your politics. I ignore the Naysayers. There will always be people who feel it is their job to rain on other peoples’ parade.
I decided NOT to tell people of my choice to have a facelift until after-the-fact. This makes it easier for me as I do not have to repeatedly explain myself. It is also more comfortable for those who have fears and biases struggling with the concept and how to react to my plan. My annual extended vacation to the west coast from Florida enabled my “stealth mode plan” to take place.

Most would not expect a retired RN, widowed from a retired police officer, to be rich. That is true of my situation. I expected to pay a lot of money for a facelift was ready and willing to part with some savings. I have always fervently believed that we always find ways to do what we believe to be important and will always find reasons not to do things that are not as important. I made budgetary sacrifices to go forward with cosmetic surgery.

Whether you are young and wishing enhancements to your appearance or a young-elder and desire corrections to age-related assaults to your appearance, motivating factors are vanity-based. After all, we are talking about cosmetic surgery! I choose not to label myself as a vain person and I decided to call my facelift “self-care.”

So, here we go! I hope you find something to enjoy and learn through my experience of cosmetic surgery with CosMed.

NEXT > How I selected my Plastic Surgeon

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Facial Rejuvenation: Solving the Puzzle on How to Turn Back Time

COSMED’s  Team Approach to Beauty & Well-Being helps Solve the Puzzle on How to Turn Back Time with Facial Rejuvenation.

Face lift, Neck Lift Before and After Photos

Photo 1: Before Surgery   Photo 2: After Face and Neck lift Photo 3: After Dermabrasion, Lip Augmentation and Fat Transfer.  Total Facial Rejuvenation with CosMed took approximately 6 months.

Ever since one of our patients was featured in New You Magazine for her incredible “Looking the Way you Feel” plastic surgery success story, we’ve been getting a lot questions about how exactly the doctors at CosMed Clinic were able to turn back the time, and give Roberta a younger look, that matched the way she felt on the inside.  CosMed’s team approach to facial rejuvenation produced incredible results for this 67 year old patient.

Below is a list of the facial rejuvenation procedures she had done  with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Quiroz and dermatologist Dr. de la Fuente at CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.

Step 1: Full face and neck lift
One of the first places to notice effects of aging is the face and neck. The effects of gravity, sun exposure, free radicals, weight loss and daily stress can become visible in the form of deep creases between the nose and mouth, slack jaw line, and fat deposits in the neck. A facelift can turn back time and improve/reduce the effects of aging. By tightening underlying facial muscles and removing areas of excess fat, CosMed’s medical doctors can help you achieve a more youthful and naturally refreshed look.

Step 2: Dermabrasion around the upper and lower lips
Dermabrasion helps to smooth the skin around the mouth and, in the process, removes fine wrinkles.

Step 3: Lip Augmentation with her own fat vs. a synthetic filler
To enhance contour and give the face a more youthful look, we do a procedure called fat grafting or fat transfer with stem cells. Fat is removed by liposuction from elsewhere on your body, appropriately prepared and then injected into the desired area. While synthetic fillers may be advised in certain areas from some patients, we felt that using her own fat would provide the best and most natural results.

reduce wrinkles around lipsStep 4 Fraxel re:store laser full face
Fraxel can remove years from your appearance with no additional surgery required. The revolutionary Fraxel re:store™ laser treatment improves skin tone, reduces discoloration, wrinkles and fine lines resulting in an overall smoother skin texture.

Fraxel re:store laser treatment uses points of light to precisely treat thousands of microscopic areas of your skin. The treatment penetrates deep into the skin to remove old, damaged skin cells, stimulates your body’s own natural healing process, and replaces the cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin. Because the technology is so precise, Fraxel re:store treatment works not only on the face, but also on delicate skin areas like the neck, chest and hands. Fraxel re:storetreatment delivers dramatic results, fast healing and maximum safety. Safe and effective, the Fraxel re:store laser is cleared by the FDA and has undergone extensive testing in the lab and out in the field.

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Step 5: Maintenace skin care with Tri Retinol Complex, Ultra Sheer Moisturizer, TNS Illuminating eye cream and Sunscreen SPF30 from Skin Medica

Ongoing maintenance with high quality skin care products is important for keeping skin beautiful. We developed a regimen specifically for Roberta to help her maintain her new youthful look.

Beyond the cost saving benefits of having plastic surgery in Mexico, CosMed’s  wholestic approach to beauty and well-being allows the highest quality analysis from medical professionals including plastic surgeons as well as a dermatologist in order to achieve the best possible results.

Have more questions about these procedures? Ready to book your own consultation with CosMed? Get started by by filling out the Free, Online Virtual Consultation form, or contact CosMed directly through our web site

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Are you ready for Spring? 3 Non-Invasive Procedures to get you Bikini-Ready…Fast!

Macrolane Injections
The newest procedure in breast augmentation!
Macrolane is a non-surgical injectable filler designed specifically for body shaping. Benefits can be seen immediately and can last up to 12 months with a single treatment. The new filler was developed by Q-Med, the same company responsible for the widely popular filler Restylane that is currently used by millions of women throughout the US for facial rejuvenation. Learn more

Thermage Body Treatment,
In the past, surgeries such as face lifts, liposuction, and body contouring were performed to remedy problems like sagging facial skin, loose body skin and stretch marks. For many people, Thermage has been an alternative to surgery with results that have been remarkable. Plus, there’s absolutely no down time or scarring. Learn more

The newest non-invasive, anti-aging skincare treatment designed to soften, brighten & regenerate your skin. CosMed’s Cosmesothérapie procedures include the Sleep and peel and Meso C. Learn more

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