Costa Rica Plastic Surgeon
Hospital Clinica Biblica, 7th Floor, Office #1
San Jose, CO
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5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Best Plastic Surgeon in Costa Rica - Alberto Arguello, M.D.

I went on line to get some information and research their doctors. What I read was very impressive. Costa Rica has, in fact, become famous for their medical tourism. There were many plastic surgeons to choose from. Their credentials accompanied their pictures. One stood out among the rest. He is Dr. Alberto Argüello. He has impeccable credentials, and has rotated at some of the most prestigious hospitals here in the US, including Johns Hopkins. He also speaks three languages including perfect English. I decided he was the one I wanted to perform my facelift and eye lift. I contacted him and never regretted my decision to do so. The minute I met him all my anxieties about the surgery left me. He was very professional, but warm and caring. I knew immediately I was in good hands. Clinica Biblica, the hospital where he operates, is a State of the Art facility. Immaculate! The aftercare and follow-up from Dr. Alberto Argüello and his assistant Dr. Arce was excellent. After you have gone back home they contact you on a regular basis to make sure all is progressing well.

5 out of 5 stars Male Breast Reduction

Excellent Experience - Costa Rica, CR

Go for a gynecomastia correction surgery 6 months ago in Costa Rica with Dr. Alberto Arguello Choiseul. I did a research before meet him, his curriculum look good to me so I travel there, he is an excellent Doctor and excellent human being with good beside manner and good sense of humor, He understand what I wanted from the first time. His staff do all the work to arrange my stay and...

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Excellent Plastic Surgeon - Alberto J. Arguello MD, Costa Rica

I’ve had several procedures performed by Dr. Alberto J. Arguello, all with excellent results. I chose him because of his credentials and reputation, but after meeting him I discovered what a wonderful person he is. He’s very personable, charming, compassionate and totally committed to the care of his patients. He is obviously well respected by his peers, as he is now serving his second term as President of the Costa Rican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery. I initially used Dr. Arguello to do my upper and lower eyelids, and after seeing what a beautiful job he did, I decided to go back and have him do a facelift, necklift and breast lift. I never thought I would have enough confidence in anyone to trust them with my face, but he is that good. I’m thrilled with the results, and how natural my face looks. In fact, after 2 years, those very close to me have never figured out what I did. They tell me how great I look, and assume it's because I've lost weight. Amazingly, I had no bruising after my facelift, which I believe is remarkable. Especially, considering patients I’ve seen who were done by other surgeons, and weren't so fortunate. Dr. Arguello attributes this to his technique. It was a huge relief not to worry about hiding bruises! He did a beautiful job on my ears, which is where a less skilled surgeon often fails, and can be a dead giveaway. Mine look really natural. The scars were very skillfully placed, and are nearly invisible now. You have to look really closely to find them. I’m able to pull my hair back without feeling self-conscious about it. He did a beautiful job on breast lift, as well. I swear the man is a magician! This was a really sensitive issue for me, and he made me feel very comfortable about it. He was very respectful, and of course, professional. I know other patients of his, who have all been really pleased with their surgeries, as well. Dr. Arguello has always taken excellent care of me, even after I have returned home. Any time I have had a question or concern, he has always been very quick to respond, and has never made me feel like a bother. I know I could not be in better hands. I highly recommend him, and personally will not use anyone else. He’s the best!

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Facelift with Dr. Arguello in Costa Rica -- 2/18/15

After many hours of research and study, I chose Dr. Alberto Arguello in San Jose, Costa Rica, as the surgeon to perform my facelift procedure. His credentials are impeccable and his reviews were all very good. I am extremely happy with the work that was done and the experience was wonderful. He is really the best surgeon in Costa Rica, and if you choose him, you will not be sorry!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

best plastic surgeon in costa rica - San Jose, Costa Rica

I had a great experience with Dr. A and his staff. The first time that I called his office to request information I had a sense of security and trust, they were very professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful and kind, they answered all my questions and helped me with lodging and transportation. Dr. A was delighful, very patient with my million questions and he was very concerned about my well being, he told me that patient's safety and well being were his priorities. He explained step by step the procedure and possible risks. The day of the surgery he arrived on time, he comforted me while in the preop room and gave me reassurance that everything was going to go well. Thanks to Dr. A and his expertise everything went well, I didn't have any complications and his follow up was amazing he was there for me 24/7 and he verbally told me "do not hesitate to contact me at any time". I had excellent results, I am extremely happy and now not only I have the best plastic surgeon in Costa Rica but also a friend because he is not only a doctor but also a friend to his patients. I HIGHLY recommend him as your plastic surgeon.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal - San Jose, Costa Rica

Dr. Arguello understood the urgency of the situation and removed it for me at a discounted price, He replaced the old ones with new FDA approved gel implants. While he works out of Clinica Biblica, the most well known hospital in San Jose, I chose to have it done at a smaller place, Clinica Zahha. Five stars is not a high enough rating for my doctor and his staff. Everyone from the receptionist to the Anesthesiologist was more than professional and sparkling clean. Dr. Arce and Susanna helped me to prepare and followed up every day afterward. They stressed the importance of using the proper precautions with medications and blood pressure. Having worked in medical tourism and journalism before, I can highly recommend him and his staff

32 Years Old, Mother of Three, Ready to Get Rid of Leftover Belly and Improve my Booty - Costa Rica

So far my interactions with Dr Arguello and his team have been awesome. Very professional, caring and friendly.

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Approaching 60, Feeling Great, but Not Liking What I Saw in the Mirror.

It has been six and a half weeks since my upper/lower blepharoplasty, and lower face, neck lift. I never felt any concern once I made the decision to have the surgery after such high praise from others that had gone to Dr. Arguello. At my consultation, Dr. Arguello reassured me that I would have a natural look, not tight or the overdone look of some results. Now that it is over, I'm feeling...

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Darned good team - San Jose, CO

I have purposely waited 6 months to write this review in order to ensure continued healing and satisfactory results. I had a full face life, with upper and lower eyes, neck, and a slight eyebrow lift. I am more than happy with Drs. Arguello and Arce. They were attentive, realistic, responsive and honest.

1 out of 5 stars Facelift

Facelift Failure Dr. Alberto Arguello

A reconstructive plastic surgeon he is not. With his lack of moral integrity and credibility. He ruined my face, my eyes, and gave me a double chin. I was to get a full face lift and only the skin was pulled back and my eyes are small and manly looking. Major scaring behind my ears and I'm not sure what else Ill find out in the future what else is wrong. It doesn't matter what the after care, bedside manner, phone responsiveness, and all the other things listed when you were lied to about your procedures and letting to believe everything was fine. I cant say much without being angry so Ill let the pictures speak for themselves.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)

Awards & Recognition

President Costa Rican Society of Plastic Surgeons 2009-2015
Member of ISAPS Patient Safety Committee
International Editor of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, ASJ.

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Arguello has hospital affiliations at Hospital Clinica Biblica, Hospital CIMA, Hospital La Catolica,.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, University of Costa Rica

Treatments offered at Centro Avanzado de Cirugía Plástica y Reconstructiva

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Post Lipo Hardness and Stiffness, What Should I Do?

Post op hardness and stiffness can occur after a lipo.  You will start to see this usually about 2 to 3 weeks post op.  Stretching and massaging are a... READ MORE

Why Do Celebrity Facelifts Look So Bad?

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How Does Facelift Surgery Work?

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Swollen and Lumpy 3 Weeks Post-op Facelift/necklift - Is This Normal Healing?

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Need to take 10 years off my face. What is best approach for my facelift? (Photo)

Thanks for sharing your pictures. You look very young, with nice skin, so you do not seem to be a candidate for a facelift yet.  Consider other ... READ MORE

Facelift Recovery

Going out public after a facelift.    The great majority of my patients do not bruise due to the surgical technique that I use.  Usually my pat... READ MORE

What is "3-D Liposculpture"?

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Abdominal Etching - Do they feel real?

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I was wondering if I could get a good result from liposculpture? (photos)

According to those pictures, you seem to be a good candidate for liposculpture, nonetheless, you must first undergo many tests, to make sure you are a... READ MORE

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