New York Plastic Surgeon
133 E. 64th St.
New York, New York 10065 US
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"I originally went to him for some Botox injections, and next week he will be performing a neck lift on me." "They all agreed that they were extremely happy with Dr. Mesa as their facelift surgeon." "Very happy with results, referred coworkers and siblings for some "freshening up"."

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5 out of 5 stars Acne Treatment

Brazilian Butt Lift/ Acne Treatment - Livingston, NJ

I am beyond 100% satisfied with my experience with Dr.Mesa He definetly exceeded my expectations. I'm extremely pleased with my acne treatment as well as my butt lift . I would highly recommend Dr.Mesa to anyone considering any plastic surgery or treatment. The whole entire experience has being very positive. He has giving me the confidence I lacked for so long. He is a really high skilled...

5 out of 5 stars Buccal Fat Removal

33 Years Old - Livingston, NJ

Very professional, cordial and friendly.

5 out of 5 stars Sientra Breast Implants

45 Yr Old Athlete ... Extremely Pleased with Sientra 505cc Breast Augmentation with Dr. John Mesa! - Livingston, NJ

I couldn't be happier with my choice to go with Dr. John Mesa. From the incredible, kind and friendly demeanor of his assistant Cristina, to the comforting bed side manner of Dr Mesa, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Cristina promptly responded to all of my questions and texts as Dr. Mesa competently performed a professional and successful procedure.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

38 Years Old, 1 Child, 5 Feet Tall and Bra Size - 36DD - Livingston, NJ

Dr Mesa is a wonderful and caring doctor who is highly knowledgeable in plastic surgery. He did my breast reduction and Lifting and I am very happy with the results. Highly recommend his professional services. Staff are pleasant and sincere.

5 out of 5 stars Lip Augmentation

Lip Pop with Dr. Mesa! Absolutely the Best Lips Ever! - New York City, NY

Dr. Mesa is an amazing plastic surgeon. He was highly recommended to me. He is very friendly, approachable, professional and highly skilled. He is also very attractive too. He delivered exactly the lips augmentation I wanted. They look so good and natural.

5 out of 5 stars Sientra Breast Implants

Ultra Happy with my Breast Augmentation w/ Silicone Implants! Dr. Mesa a HARVARD Trained PS is the Best! - Hoboken, NJ

Dr. Mesa is one of the best doctors I have ever met. He is very caring, knowledgeable, professional and friendly. He takes all the time necessary to make you understand the benefits and risks of the surgery. He is not pushy at all. He and his nurse Cristina are an outstanding combo: they make you feel like you are a family member getting surgery with Dr. Mesa. I am coming back to get my tummy tuck with Dr. Mesa when the time comes. I am recommending Dr. Mesa to all my friends and family.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Breast Enlargement with Dr. Mesa BEST DECISION MADE! - Livingston, NJ

Dr.Mesa's bedside manner was amazing. He took his time to explain things in detail and never made me feel rushed. He answered my many questions without ever making me feel bothersome.

5 out of 5 stars Acne Treatment

Extremely Happy with my Acne Free and Melasma Free Rejuvenated Face with Dr. Mesa! - Manhattan, NY

Dr. Mesa is incredible. He is very knowledgably and very approachable. He never rushes and explains everything to you. I ran into some of his other obagi patients in the reception area while waiting for my appointment and they all say the same about Dr. Mesa. I highly recommended for skin care and acne management.

5 out of 5 stars Brazilian Butt Lift

LOVING my BBL! - Livingston, NJ

Dr. Mesa was knowledgeable, caring and a great listener. He took the time to hear out what I wanted and what I envisioned taking his time to make sure everything was perfect. He really has hands of gold! I was a 100% comfortable and trusting him was easy. I am thrilled with his work and that I chose him for my procedures.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Natural Looking Breast Augmentation - Livingston, NJ

Dr Mesa & Cristina thank you for an amazing experience & patience with my anxiety through the process. Anytime before & after my procedure that I had any "freak out" moments (I'm a worry wart) you responded within minutes & calmed me down. I'm happy that I had this procedure done just in time for summer, you have shot my confidence level through the roof!!!!!

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Personal Statement

I am a board certified Latin (Colombian) Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon in New York City and New Jersey. My ultimate goal as a cosmetic plastic surgeon is to fully dedicate to my patients and listen do them. I am determined do only what my patient wants, and fulfill their expectations to my best.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Consultation Fee

$150. Consult cost in NJ offices is $100

Awards & Recognition

Professional Recognition:
2015 RealSelf Top 100 Doctor / Plastic Surgeon
Educational Committee Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Patient Safety Committee Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Educational Committee Member, ASMS
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Mesa has hospital affiliations at Hackensack University Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia, 2001
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, Harvard, 2008
    Plastic Surgery, Penn State, 2010

    Postdoctoral Research - Plastic Surgery, Harvard, 2005
    Craniofacial Surgery, University of Michigan, 2011
    Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery, University of Alabama, 2012

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Blog Posts and Articles

The Myth That Buccal Fat Removal Can Make You Look Older

A lot of patients that have “chubby cheeks” (big lower anterior cheeks, fat cheeks, etc.) are hesitant to undergo buccal fat removal plastic surgery because the widespread “believe” that this type of cosmetic plastic surgery is going to make them “look older” (now and later). I am writing this blog to clarify that this “myth’ is not true and that buccal fat removal will not make you look older if you address the chubby face accordingly. For doing that I will be showing clinica...

¿Cirugía Plástica Cosmética en el Exterior ? (para residentes de los Estados Unidos) ¿Sí has hecho toda la tarea al respecto?

Los latinos que viven aquí en los Estados Unidos, conocen que el costo de la cirugía plástica en nuestros países está mucho más por debajo que en los Estados Unidos. Por ende, los latinos que residen en los Estados Unidos tienden a viajar al exterior para realizarse cirugías plásticas cosméticas por “economía”. Sin embargo, muchas de estas personas no están conscientes de los costos y riesgos “ocultos” concernientes con la realización de cirugías plásticas en el...

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Am I a good candidate for the Brazilian butt lift? And what's the price range in NYC or NJ? (Photo)

Brazilian But Lift (“BBL) is a procedure to enhance the appearance of the gluteal and hip area. Contrary to that most people thinks, the “BBL” not o... READ MORE

What are the best implants? I'm getting gummy bear round high profile. (Photo)

All the silicone breast implants available in the US are excellent devices for breast augmentation.I particularly like more Sientra silicone breast... READ MORE

Reverse tummy tuck surgeons. Where are all of your pictures?

Reverse tummy tuck is a type of tummy tuck that in stead of creating a traditional large "C section like scar" in the lower back of the abdomen, it... READ MORE

How can I accomplish a smaller and more chiseled face? (Photo)

Achieving a chiseled, less chubby face requires to address multiple factors in the face and the body composition to contribute to this physical... READ MORE

Does buccal fat removal really cause premature aging? (photos)

Buccal fat removal doesn't cause premature aging if the patient has good cheek bone structure.A lot of doctors that don't perform routinely this ... READ MORE

Thoughts on Fractora?

Fractora is an innovative skin tightening treatment that delivers radio frequency through small needles. Compared with other skin tightening devices... READ MORE

What are other face-contouring procedures besides buccal fat removal?

Achieving a chiseled, less chubby face requires to address multiple factors in the face and the body composition to contribute to this physical... READ MORE

Will prior surgery with implants make buccal fat removal dangerous?

Technically, surgery to place medpore cheek and pyriform implants should not interfere or make the buccal fat removal surgery to be more difficult or... READ MORE

I am an athlete fluctuating 16-12% body fat. 5'3 measurements: 37-27-37. Low profile implant for a wide chest, thoughts? (Photo)

Achieving "natural" breast augmentation in the US is not an easy thing since the understanding of "natural" varies among women,.In the US, most women... READ MORE

Do vaginal piercings have to be removed for Tummy tuck?

For surgery, any accessory metal of the body like earrings, rings, piercing (e.g vaginal piercing) etc. must be removed from the body to avoid burns.... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Mesa

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Male Breast Reduction Gynecomastia Surgery (GRAPHIC)

Dr. Mesa Board Certified Colombian Plastic Surgeon In New York City and New Jersey shows the immediate post-operative result of Male Breast Reduction Surgery (Gynecomastia Excision) WATCH VIDEO

Buccal Fat Removal Side Effects

Dr. Mesa, Buccal Fat Removal Plastic Surgeon specialist answers the question: "Why sometimes it is not possible to fully open the mouth after Buccal Fat Removal" WATCH VIDEO

Will Buccal Fat Removal Make Me Look Old?

Dr. Mesa Buccal Fat Removal Plastic Surgeon Specialist Answers the question: "Will Buccal Fat removal make me look old? " WATCH VIDEO

Buccal Fat Removal Procedure (GRAPHIC)

Watch the procedure for buccal fat removal. The video shows the process during the surgery and right before removal. WATCH VIDEO

Buccal Fat Removal Recovery

Dr. Mesa explains recovery after buccal fat removal, a surgical procedure to reduce the cheeks. WATCH VIDEO

Will Chewing Gum Improve Chubby Cheeks?

Dr. John Mesa explains whether or not chewing gum can improve chubby cheeks from a medical and surgical standpoint. WATCH VIDEO

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