My Mexican Facelift at Cosmed Clinic - Mexico, MX

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I say Mexican Facelift, but it's only a few miles...

I say Mexican Facelift, but it's only a few miles south of the boarder and they even have a Medical Lane at the boarder for fast crossings should you need to get back to the states in a hurry...but not to worry there is no need to rush back as this Facility is state of the Art, cleaner and newer than most Hospitals I've seen. Dr. Quiroz an his staff are just wonderful and all speak English with 80% of his patients being from the US and Canada. I did not go there to save money, which I did and that was a blessing. I went there because of his recommendations for his work with patients who had lost a great deal of weight. My face lift was done to remove the jowls and turkey neck left hanging after losing 100 lbs. Not only did I have the face/neck lift at the same time I had a arm lift and a anchor breast lift with a saline implant. My husband and I were picked up at the San Diego airport and driven to the beautiful Center, (I felt like I was in Beverly Hills when I went inside) had some routine tests done and later meet with Dr. Quiroz. The staff arraigned a Hotel Stay for the night and the next morning we were picked up an taken to the Clinic.

Surgery was a breeze (I slept though and woke up early evening in the recovery room where I spent the night. My husband stayed in the onsite Recovery Bouquet where I joined him the following day. I can not say enough about the recovery center, it is small and well staffed, the nurses there were very caring and made me very comfortable. I really had no idea the pain that would come with all the work that I had done. I can take a lot, and this was a lot to deal with at one time. My husbands' thought on the subject was if you are going to be in pain anyway you might as well get it all done at once. Well that was easier said than done, because the pain is three times as bad. I am so glad it is over and I made it, but the first two weeks were bad....I think my arms hurt the most as the tissue is very tender under the arms....And my neck was right up there too...felt like I had cardboard placed under my skin....but enough of all that. It is all good now, in fact it is great. My face looks wonderful, and I now have skinny girl arms and perky boobs....what could be better. After staying 5 nights at the recovery center we spent another week at the near by Marriot. (His staff arraigned our stay which turned out to be less than a Motel 6 here in the States) I had my follow up appointment and was released to travel home. A quick trip back to the airport and we were done. I traveled back 6 weeks later for a follow up visit, this time we drove in parked our car at the boarder, took a 5 min cab ride to the center, had my visit and after a quick trip back across the boarder we were back at our car at 1:00pm thus having a full day left to enjoy San Diego...I will take some pictures of my current face, my profile picture was taken last year way before my can see the folds in my face and the turkey neck which are all gone now!

Before Picture

This picture was the last one taken before my surgery. It shows the deep lines on my face...

another before photo

Even with the big sun glasses you can see the wrinkles...

After picture

5 months post op....

After picture

5 months post op...

Coming up to the 6 month post surgery mark

My Doctor told me it would take 6 months to fully heal and see the results, so I thought I should share where I am at today. First of all I just read from a PS on this site, that the pain from a face lift should be slight and last 2 days...He obviously has never had one himself... (I'm sure he most likely tells women childbirth doesn't hurt Anyway back to my healing. First of all being a person that bruises easily I was prepared for the worst and it didn't happen, in less than a week I was out in public and going to restaurants as I recovered. I was on pain medication so I was feeling okay...I looked better than I felt, I use the word felt but in reality I could not feel a thing in my checks, ears and neck. I was a little scared that I would not ever feel normal. The incisions healed quickly but the loss of feeling remained in various degrees all the way up to this week. It's like my face knew it had six months to heal so it used all of it. I asked my hubby if he could see much of a difference and he said "Are you kidding me? a huge improvement" so that made me happy. I am very happy. Anyone that has had this type of surgery knows it's no walk in the park, and that it takes time to heal from it, but the results are so worth it all...If you are considering such a surgery, I say do it, we only live once, we might as well do it up!

New picture taken last week...

So happy with the results

7 months out....

Seven months out and there are no signs that I had any work done at all. Inside or out. After a few months I looked pretty good but had limited or no feeling in much of my neck and sides of my face, which I am happy to announce have all come back...Last week I went to visit another Plastic Surgeon, simply because I plan on having more procedures and I wanted another opinion on how best to handle them. So anyway I thought why not go to one of the very best Beverly Hills PS for a consult. During that consult for other areas, I told him I had recently had a facelift and he told me that just my looking at me he could not tell that I had any work done. I took that as a huge complement to the great work Dr. Quiroz did with my lower face/neck lift. And just for the record, both doctors were on the same page as what else I needed to have done.

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

I am not one to publicly announce this, but last week I had a big Birthday, I turned 60!!! My plan has always been to have a facelift, so I made in just in time...I feel like I am 40...Thanks to Dr. Quiroz I look it, or pretty close...LOL

Was looking at someones wedding photo when.....

So as I was looking at a friends wedding photo I noticed this pretty lady in the crowd, then all of a sudden I realized it was funny and how great is that!

11 months out

I'm am 11 months out from having my lower face/neck lift and sometimes forget where I started at. I didn't take any before pics but here is a picture taken a couple of weeks before surgery, I blew it up so you could see the wrinkles there were many. My only regret is that I did not have the brow lift at the same time. I now plan on going back for one of those and possible a upper eye lift. My advice to any considering such surgery, do it earlier rather than later....

Came across a couple photos

Here are a couple photos that were on my phone camera, one is two weeks before the other is 12 days after, you can still see the incisions

A Year later....

Again the same ole story I have been hearing about my previous surgeries, it should have been so much better....My face is the best of the three procedures, but I still have a very noticeable line running down both the sides of my noise to my mouth. And I was told my cut and muscle stitch under my neck was not very good, not tight enough...of course....I only had the money to do this once, I wish I could go back in time and do a better job researching surgeons. When I did my first surgeries, I did not know about this site. So please if you are on this site and you plan on having some work done, research your Doctor, read the good reviews and the bad ones. Reach out to his patients, get the real story. I did that with my last surgery that I had 2 weeks ago and found a great surgeon. One that I would never had known about had it not been for RealSelf. Don't be swayed by fancy buildings of glass and marble, sure they are nice, but no substitution for a Great Plastic Surgeon....

Coming up to Two years post op

Coming up to my two year anniversary of my lower face and neck lift and I have to say, I really have no complaints. Sure my vertical lines are still there on my face, but my scars are non existent and for that alone I am very thankful. I have seen some pretty serious scars here on this site, so again I am thankful for the job that was done. I still need to have my eyes done which I plan on doing when I save up some money. I now have a new surgeon who is a expert when it comes to the fine details of the face and that's where I will be having the eyes done. He is the same surgeon who did my lower body lift. Hope all is well with everyone...

Found a Before Picture.

I was going through files on my computer and found this photo, I think it's one that I had taken to send the surgeon before surgery, since I didn't meet him until I arrived to have my surgery. It's a good before picture.

Dr. Quiroz from the CosMed Cinic is the best! Very skilled with weight loss patients, worth traveling too, to have him do your surgeries...He spent so much time with me over the phone, online in person, you never feel rushed when you see him, you feel like he would spend the day with you if you needed it...His staff is very professional and beautiful, the whole environment is beautiful, makes you feel so special...

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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