Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
1427 Clarkview Rd., 300
Baltimore, Maryland 21209 US
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5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

Almost 5 months PO. TT, BL, and Lipo Done 5/25/12

I just turned 27 and am the mother to a beautiful 4 year old girl. I've always been "curvy" growing up but pregnancy sent me in to the 200's and my waist just lost control. My 38D breasts went to an 40E and then deflated to a 38DD after I stopped nursing. I've dropped most of my pregnancy weight and have stayed stable at this weight for awhile and I figured there's no...

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Great for Preventative Measures - Columbia, MD

Dr. Vela was excellent! I felt very comfortable with him and I got all my questions answered. He took the time to explain how Botox works and what results I could expect. The office was beautiful and the staff was great! I'm going to be seeing him for my future tummy tuck consultation too!

5 out of 5 stars Plastic Surgery

Best in the business

Dr Vela is an amazing surgeon make no doubt about, he has a tremendous amount of talent and knowledge. I would highly recommend him to everyone !! An amazing gentleman as well will find no one with bedside manner like Dr Vela

Mid-Life Crisis...... Nahhhh.... I Just Need a Tune-up!! - Baltimore, MD

Dr. Vera from Belcara was the one for me the moment I heard him talk at the seminar I attended. I had my consult in February, and right after I put my deposit down- that's how confident I felt with him. His goal is not to only change my appearance, but to also help my self esteem and self worth. He enjoys taking photos as a hobby he told us at the seminar... capturing beauty where you just didn't know was there all along, well I'm hoping that he will be able to do the same with my body, because I want the outside to match what's inside.. Now about the facility, Belcara. It is beautiful, clean, and very chic. The receptionist is sweet. Ms. Martha, my coordinator was just amazing and was Dr Velma's right hand during my consult. The consult went smoothly. Not once did I feel uncomfortable showing him what I would like to accomplish. Dr Vela explained that I would need an extended tt, but if I wanted, I could go with the Fleur de lis and get the vertical cut from under my breast to the top of my BB to tighten my waist even more. Of course the scar would be noticeable, but that will just be my battle wound. I'm so excited, and so ready to become Vera doll!!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

40 in six months, time for a new me! - Baltimore, MD

When my husband and I first met and talk with Dr. Vela, we knew right then that we wanted him to perform my tummy tuck. Dr. Vela made us feel very comfortable and at ease with his knowledge as a plastic surgeon. When I had any problems all I had to do was call Dr. Vela and he would answer. His nurse Lisa is so wonderful, I really appreciate it her for all her help. I would recommend Dr. Vela to my family and friends for there plastic surgery needs.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Great Experience :) - Columbia, MD

Dr. Vela performed a Breast Augmentation on me a few weeks ago, and I couldn't be happier with the results! I have always been hesitant about the surgery; however, Dr. Vela answered all my questions and concerns and made me feel so comfortable about my decision to get surgery. I wouldn't go to any other surgeon! Dr. Vela and his office staff are the best. The environment is very pleasant and...

1 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

22 Year Old That Just Wanted to Look Better - Columbia, MD

His coordinators are very nice one even soothed me after a crying fit I had however the doctor himself is not nice at all after my surgery he didn't show up to see how I did however he took the time to do that for the blonde before me getting a boob job.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Hospital Privileges

Dr. Vela has hospital affiliations at Northwest Hospital, Baltimore Washington Medical Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, University of Miami Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center
    General Surgery, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

    Fellowship: Maxillofacial Trauma Reconstruction, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

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How Long is Downtime for Tummy Tuck?

Downtime for abdominoplasty can vary from patient to patient. 7-10 days is usually a minimum for time off of work. If your job requires you to be on... READ MORE

When a facelift is performed, do surgeons just pull the skin or both the skin and muscles in the face?

Several options exist for face lifting. Skin only for re-draping or revision, skin and SMAS (layer of tissue under skin), deep plan (under... READ MORE

Is this much swelling normal? (Photos)

Swelling can be concerning to patients, especially if it's more than one expects. Tuberous breast present a challenge that usually requires more... READ MORE

Can you still have a tummy tuck when you have old previous surgery scars? (Photo)

Your scars are quite mature. A tummy tuck can be done with reasonable results. A modification would be required whereupon a combination of liposuction... READ MORE

What was done wrong here? (photos)

I understand your concerns. Your scar is located high on your belly. Although liposuction can reduce fat and cause skin shrinkage, be thoroughly... READ MORE

Fillers or surgery for excess skin under the eyes? (photos)

It appears in your photos that you may have a thicker level of muscle that is normally present at that spot on the outer surface of the lower eyelid.... READ MORE

2 days post-op, are my Implants sitting too low? (photos)

2 days post op is very early to determine the final result. It will change over the next several weeks and months. READ MORE

200+ weight loss and considering skin removal surgeries. Is an out of state surgeon worth considering?

Thank you for your question. Congratulations on your success! I'm happy that you are on your journey to becoming the best version of yourself.... READ MORE

Lumpy section. (photos)

Thanks for your question and pics. At 9 days post op the description is as expected. The binder does create areas of fluid/bruise settling and the... READ MORE

Can I benefit from lipo to the pubis mons? How long does it take to recover from lipo to this area? (Photo)

Thank you for your question. Liposuction of the mons pubis can be done. It requires a brief period of a few days of managed discomfort then return to... READ MORE

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