Costa Rica cosmetic surgery didn't last

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  • 6 years ago

i consider i have wasted thousands of $$$ by going to a doctor in Costa Rica for facelift. i have no wrinkles but wanted a slimmer lower face/tight jawline.! i was advised to have my eyes done,against my better judgement ,and frankly they are a mess. for 3 months i looked pretty good,7 months on and i look no different,although if anything my face looks much broader,due to being just pulled behind my ears

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Mercedes has wonderful working relationship with all the doctors in Costa Rica. She can give u educated advice on present & future plastic surgery experiences u may choose to know about. The food is exceptional, nothing but fresh & wholesome meals delivered to your room. Much more reasonable prices with her retreat. I have had the pleasure staying @ the Mariposa both in 2012 & again in 2013 & would never stay anywhere else. I feel very comfortable & safe there.
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I had a horrible experience with Dr. Victor Urzola I will not recommend him. Beware...After an abdomen liposuction with this "Plastic Surgeon" I noticed a couple of lumps on my abdomen. I asked Dr. Urzola about it, and he recommended to wait since it was only a couple of weeks after my surgery. He told me "Not to worry in case that the lumps does not go away I will remove it, and it will only take 15 minutes and it wont be necessary to put me to sleep that a local anesthesia will suffice and it will not cost me extra money. I waited a little over a year, and I also took care of myself by using compression garments plus a good diet and exercise but the lumps never went away. BTW I live in the US, but I am from Costa Rica. On my following trip to CR; I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Urzola. I once again explained to him the issue with the lumps, and also reminded him about him removing the lumps. This time his attitude was kind of rude, but I thought maybe is just me. He told me that he could not do it right at that moment and told me to reschedule another appointment which I did. The day before my little surgery to remove the lumps I got a phone call from his assistant telling me that "Dr. Urzola would not be able to do the surgery because there was some construction work going on in the building and he could not do it, and the only way that he can get it done is to do it in another clinic but I had to pay for the clinic expenses". Needless to say, Dr. Urzola not only did a bad job, but also did not put any effort to resolve his malpractice instead he wanted to get more money from me. In conclusion, I thought things happens for a reason, and I much rather get the lumps remove here in the US since I think plastic surgeons in the states are more respectable and professional even if it means to pay a little extra money.
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I don't know how long a facelift is actually supposed to last. I have been very pleased with the work done, but at the same time I am painfully aware that the changes I do not wish continue to accelerate with the years..... Still it is comforting that I look at least ten years younger than my chronological age. And I am thinking about returning for a little freshening up. Cheers everyone. Thank you for being a part of this forum. Who would help look out for us, if not each other? I appreciate every one of you!
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Hi CarenTX is there a clinic u can refer? A number as well. Please!
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Hi CarenTx is there a doctor you would refer based on your experience? If so would you please advise the name and number???
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Has anyone had experience with Dr Carlos Barrera and his recovery retreats? Also, he was with Casa Marino, Face Lift Mexico, but left several years ago. Does anyone know why Dr Barrera left Casa Marino? Now, Dr Koelliker has taken his place. He also performed Pat Marino's facelift. His recovery retreat, simple sort of hospital-ish is actually one of two. The other is a Bed and breakfast.
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Who was your doctor? Thanks
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I had extensive dental work (multiple root canals & crowns, bridges) done by Dr. Luis Kaver,and also LASIK eye surgery by Dr. Paul Flikier in SAn Jose and was very pleased wit the results, cost about 1/3 of Cdn. price for both and was BETTER service!

both gave me hteir personal cell phone numbers to call, which I did, and talked with them, for follow-up..how many Drs./dentists in USA/Canada give you their direct cell phone #'s and you can actually REACH them and talk directly with them rather than a support staff member, secretary, booking manager or receptionist?
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Yes COG.....its all so scary,and i cant initerate enough that surgery in a foreign country needs a great deal of thought and must consider the related risks.
While some people have been happy with Rosenstock-Lieberman.....many people are not,and i have seen first hand the dreadful results that this clinic has done.
And i advise anyone to never post on their forum,for if one make the slightest complaint,they will be savaged most cruelly.It happened to me ,and without doubt they have a huge number of trolls on their board who will endeavor to make you a blithering wreck....horrid horrid people,especially one woman who often arranges transport/accomodation,..........odd thing is she has never had plastic surgery herself,and yet seems to be such a knowall.
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Sounds like she never will be happy. I knew someone who had a chin implant and they did not want it in but the doctor talked them into it. It was done so poorly and looked awful and had infections. I think at the end of the litigation she got money to have it taken out by another doctor. But still left scars.

Those consent forms even when I take my children or anyone else in I always write on them real small but readable. I think years ago someone did not want to take it with my writing on it and kept telling me I could not be seen if I wrote on the form. But if you really read every line you are agreeing that the doctor can do what he thinks is best regardless of how you feel about it. SCARY!
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Gosh yes COG......i had,nt thought of the consent form.
This woman i know went to a well known plastic surgeon,and she claims he bodged up her nose,lips,cheeks and breast,but to be honest she is forever having something done,so its difficult to apportion blame ,and i actually feel a tad sorry for the doctor....for in my opinion she looks extremely good,and i wished i looked half as good.
This woman is spoiled beyond belief and her only hobby appears to be plastic surgery,and sadly some people never know when to stop,and doctors are not miracle workers.
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In the end she will get very little compared to all the pain, suffering, and heartache. I have seen this happen before even when doctors are completely negligent. One doctor even recently tried an experiment without telling my mom on her varicose veins. She paid for one thing and got another without her knowledge. She was okay after a while and she is not suing but this is how blatant and arrogant our doctors have become. I always write in on the patient consent form only after discussion and agreeing with the doctor will allow treatment. The consent form gives away to many of our rights otherwise.
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Actually 'COG'...... i believe you are right,as a woman i know is suing a New York doctor and its already been more than 2 years,and i personally believe she should give up on it now,as i reckon it will go on for years,and at the end i doubt she will win.!
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Wendy,

How are things going for you? Please update!
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Damslehawk,

Where are you having your surgery done? I am having my surgery on the morning of September 3 also! I hope everything goes well for you and you are happy with your surgery. Best Wishes!!
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I saw this comment from a doctor as to why surgery abroad may not last......;;; Foreign facelifts can be problematic..
I practice in South Florida and consequently have seen and re-operated on many "off-shore" facelifts.
A common feature is that they tend to be underdone compared to the local well trained plastic surgeon. An offshore plastic surgeon, no matter what his background is, has to plan and operation which allows the patient to return home with limited or no long term followup.
This means they typically do not use our more advanced approaches that require a much longer followup as well as the chance of complications that might extend the patients stay
in a foreign country.''''''''
I believe this is possibly true.!
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Secrets,
I don't know how long the United States face lifts last either. I do know that many U.S. doctors like return patients especially in the dental field in the U.S. It seems that many are more into making money rather than patient satisfaction. It is very hard to sue doctors in the U.S. contrary to popular belief, usually the attorneys make money and the patients end up settling after years of litigation.
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I am now 8 months post op. I love my small arms. I wear tank tops all the time in the summer heat.I avoid raising my arms in public when I can because the scars are still noticeable (this is normal). The face lift and lower eyelids worked well and I liked the results. The fat transplant to the lips didn't work, I didn't lose weight, but I guess my body gobbled up the fat out of my lips in 6 weeks anyway. I think a filler would have been better if I had to do it over again. But three out of four is not bad. I would still recommend Rosenstock clinic and the Mariposa Retreat.
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MariynKY

What procedures did you have done that left scars as far as lifting your arms? Did you by any chance have an upper Bleph done? I am going to have one done by Dr. Urzola.
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I just came back from Costa Rica and am doing well. Dr, Victor Urzola operated on me Feb 8th. He did a tummy tuck, lipo, bum lift and leg lift. There was NO PAIN! I recovered quickly and had more surgery on Feb 20 th. I had abreast augmentation and arm lift. WOW! They look great! I still have no pain but am a LITTLE uncomfortable. It is now March 10th and am fully recovered from the 1st surgery and am still recovering from the 2nd. I love they results. Dr. victor Urzola is an artist. I would recommend him fully.in fact my daughter is going to try to have a breast lift with him this coming Nov. we are talking 2013.
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Jeannie 13, I am so happy for you. I wish I could get a tummy tuck instead of just the lipo. I am still losing some in the stomach area. I really like Dr. Urzola's work. I still love my eyes and need to get a picture to him. How much did you have to pay for your surgery if you don't mind me asking.
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I had abreast argumentation arm lift, flank tightening, lipo, tummy tuck, Brazilian butt lift, thigh lift for $20,000 am very happy
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That is a really good price. I know I would not need the but lift......I have plenty of behind there. I know a few people who love to have one. Once again I am so very happy for you. Hopefully one day I will be able to go back and have more done.
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I will be going down there on August 26 and staying until September 14. On September 3 I will be staying at the Che Tica Recovery Ranch. How long will you be there for damselhawk?
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I will be there sep 2, surgery the morning, and leave on sep18th
My DH is from Nicaragua so we both speak spanish.
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