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Hi, my name is Pat Marino and I would like to tell you about my wonderful experience with cosmetic surgery.  On September 1, 1994 my daughter and I journeyed to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to spend some much needed vacation time with friends.  While resting in this quaint and historic city located in the mountains 200 miles north of Mexico City, I noticed that many of the people in the village looked absolutely fabulous.  I wondered if they had found the legendary and long lost Fountain of Youth?  I met a woman from Houston at a party one evening and she told me of her upcoming cosmetic surgery.  Americans have been "slipping over the border" to have cosmetic surgery for decades.

My surgery was performed in a state-of-the-art private hospital by an internationally renowned surgeon who is chief-of-staff at the hospital.  However, the most amazing thing was  the price!  It was extremely affordable.  Only six thousand dollars for a complete facelift.  In the United States the price for the same procedure is between $15,000 and $20,000 on an outpatient basis.  I thought wow, I can write a check for this amount.  The next thing I did was investigate the doctor's credentials.

After consulting with the doctor and hospital staff I decided to go ahead with my facelift.  I came home prepared not only to return for my surgery, but also to plan the tour I am now offering.  This package was a natural extension for me because of my 20 year background in the travel business.  I have been thrilled with both the results of my facelift and the tour package ever since.

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Reader's Choice - Issue Date July 1999

by Gail Bodine.

Gail is a Reservations Agent for Delta Air Lines in Boston.

"What a great idea!  Cosmetic surgery in Mexico:  a face-lift vacation/tour, at affordable rates.   I called Pat Marino at Travel Productions for more info.  She told me she had experienced the surgery and had sent more than 200 interliners to this famous surgeon.  My face-lift was performed in a state-of-the-art hospital with a three-day stay in a private room.  On the fourth day, you are driven by private car to the mountain Shangri-La of San Miguel de Allende for 6 nights at our lovely local hotel.  Going South of the Border for cosmetic surgery is nothing new.  I wanted to share my secret."


Dear Pat,

I will try to send several photos taken 24 and 25 Jan 04 (my facelift was 23 Oct 03 - 3 months ago). Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled!

The surgeon is truly the Michelangelo of plastic surgeons. He has enhanced my bone structure wonderfully. My neck looks like a girl's - soft and smooth. The bags under my eyes are completely gone. Even the blotchiness from a chemical peel done 10 yrs ago by another doctor is so improved (due to the skin being pulled taut), that it is barely noticeable. My 2 biggest concerns - hair thinning out on the temples and scars on scalp showing; and developing keloids around ears (as happened to my mother with her facelift) - never were an issue due to the surgeon's  meticulous technique. Muchos gracias and God bless you! Thank you Pat, for arranging such a wonderful service in such a lovely setting. I loved San Miguel and the hotel. Now, hope I can attach the photos - may have to send one at a time... 

Sincerely, 

Susan Hendricks, MD
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Letter sent to International Living giving positive feedback for June 22, 2003 editorial written by Susan Peddicord, from Susan Hendricks, M.D. who had her facelift in October 2003.

Greetings,

I'm a Lifetime Member and wanted to give you feedback r.e. Faceliftmexico.com, which was mentioned last summer in one of your IL e-postcards.

I contacted Pat Marino, a US travel agent who arranges facelifts with a gifted Mexican plastic surgeon, was impressed with the surgeon's results, the travel arrangements and the cost, and took the plunge. Wow! I am so pleased!! 3 months later I have excellent results, and I am so happy and self-confident. This surgeon is truly an artist.

As a physician and veteran of a previous plastic surgery procedure, I know quality when I see it. I have also traveled internationally and know the best plastic surgeons work out of Brazil and Mexico, with Mexico being the better value. In fact, as an American living in Germany, I felt it was worth the plane trip all the way to Mexico to have this procedure. It was SO worth it!

Pat Marino takes care of all the arrangements in Mexico (although getting there is up to you), including a peaceful and health-promoting recovery in beautiful San Miguel de Allende. The surgeon is a wonderful talented man who clearly cares about his patients. I could not have dreamed of better results. This is also one of the few "extreme values" in medicine - excellent, flawless quality at less than 1/3 the cost of the US.

Highly recommended for savvy, fairly adventurous folks who love to hunt for treasure - this surgeon and travel package are truly gems beyond imagining at an unbelievable price. Thank you for including this in your publication! Do not hesitate to notify your readers of this service.

Regards, 

Susan Hendricks MD (IL Lifetime Member)
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Thank you letter from Andrew, from British Columbia, Canada

Hi Patricia,

How are you? Sorry for not emailing sooner. Just got home about a week ago and have been very busy with family and work. Am I ever happy I had the face lift, every time I look in the mirror I cannot believe I look so good. I have had notheing but comments like wow you look rested, or Mexico must have been really good to you, you look really good. My eyes look so much more open and alive and that real tired look is gone. 

I am really really satisfied. The cosmetic surgeon is an amazing physician and turned out to be quite a good friend. Andrea is also a wonderful person who really cares about her patients. I have to go now but I will be emailing you soon again to tell you more about my trip.....more adventures..lol. Anyway I am home safe and sound and feeling great. I will be in touch with you soon when I have more time for typing. Probably this weekend...

Andrew


October 5, 2003

Dear Pat:

I would like to share my experience and feelings with other would-be candidates for surgery about you and the cosmetic surgeon.

I heard of the surgery in the Travel section of the NY Post. I contacted Pat Marino and received an information packet, which contained information on the procedure, about the cosmetic surgeon and his credentials and where to reach him. Pat Marino gave me names and email addresses of others who had had the surgery, so that I could contact them. Also a tip sheet which contained such things as what to bring on the trip.

This was very helpful because I was quite skeptical and not sure if I had the nerve to go through with the surgery. I also was not sure of the cosmetic surgeon's skill and credentials.

I emailed the cosmetic surgeon and he answered my questions. I also e-mailed others who had had the surgery and they filled me in, which helped a lot.

After I finally decided that I would go ahead with the procedure, I decided to go a day early. Pat Marino suggested the hotel to stay at, since I was going to go a day early. The hotel was a wonderful choice, very comfortable and modern.

On Monday, we (my husband and I) were picked up at the hotel by Andrea (the cosmetic surgeon's assistant) and taken to the hospital. We were shown to our hospital room, met the cosmetic surgeon who went over the procedure with me. He showed us photos of other people who had had the surgery and their progress after the surgery. The photos were of the day after and up to seven days later. He took my picture for his files. Then he told us we could go out and eat and suggested a restaurant.

That evening around 7 pm I had blood drawn and had an EKG to clear me for the operation. After that back to the room and the doctor and his assistant prepared me for the next day's operation. They parted my hair where the incisions were to be made and put rubber bands around the hair to keep it separated. I was given a sleeping pill so that I would sleep. In the morning (Tuesday) I remember being taken to the operating room, where the surgeon and his staff were waiting for me. That is all I remember. Later back in the room I can remember waking up and seeing my husband in the room. I was brought food and was not very wakeful this first and second day.

On Thursday the bandages were removed and the cosmetic surgeon told me to shower and wash my hair. We were to prepare to go to the hotel. He told us his driver would drive us to the hotel, but if I had any problems to call him immediately and he gave me his number. We were taken to the hotel by the doctor's driver and arrived in the afternoon. The hotel was lovely and the room faced the cathedral. It was very relaxing. During the weekend I had some questions and called the cosmetic surgeon and he returned my call quickly.

On Tuesday he came to the hotel and took the stitches out. He looked me over the said that everything was going along normally. He said he would be back on Friday, the day before we left for home, to see that everything was okay and to say goodbye.

Pat Marino called to see how I was doing. She had tried several times, but we had been out of the room. She was very comforting and gave me some practical hints that she had done for herself.

The cosmetic surgeon came on Friday to see if he had missed any stitches. He gave me advice on how to massage my face after the third week, told me that I could color my hair after the second week, and said that it would be three months before I was totally healed.

Pat Marino called me at home after our return to see how everything was going. Since then, I have emailed her with questions about the progress after the surgery and she answered me. I also emailed the cosmetic surgeon with questions and he answered me quickly too.

All in all, I felt Pat Marino and the cosmetic surgeon were very professional, informative and friendly. They make you feel confident. Any questions, just email me.

Fondly,

Rosalie Haynes


Letter from Mary Lynne, Boulder CO to Rosilea Haynes.

Pat:

I received an e-mail from a possible facelift candidate, Rosie, and I would like to answer her and others,...so why don't you use this e-mail of mine as my referral letter and send it on to anyone you want, including Rosie? This will save me a little time and effort as just got back late last night and am a little tired. This will also serve as my "report" to you.

Having a facelift under the auspices of the cosmetic surgeon and his skilled team is a dream and should be the only way to go for that major surgery. I was very scared, as you know, but as soon as I got to Celaya and met the cosmetic surgeon and Andrea, I knew I was in capable hands and knew it would work well. They are, as advertised, the two nicest and most caring, fun and warm people I've ever met...and when you meet him, you just KNOW he's going to take your face and treat it right! He did that with me. I am still healing, of course, but I can tell the results will be very good. I look like myself, except more "refreshed", which is important when considering facelift surgery, because you don't want to come out of it looking younger but like someone else! They did all the testing and consultation when I got there and I'm basically a healthy gal, so that went well. One who is considering this surgery should be in overall good health and get "in training" by exercising, etc., as much as possible before the trip, because I think it makes it easier.

When I met Andrea, who I just loved (the surgeon's assistant), I told her that I would consider it all a big success if I could come out looking like her!!(just kidding). But, you know her, and it would be hard for anyone anywhere to look like her under any circumstances....she's a beauty and so warm and sweet. I kept wishing I had a daughter just like her. All that and she is a competent nurse and assistant in a very successful team of doctors. The Surgeon is absolutely delightful in every way, really knows "his stuff" and Brad and I felt like the most fun of the trip was riding over from Celaya to San Miguel with them, talking about politics and history and a whole bunch of stuff and getting to know them. He's an incredibly bright man, and very down-to-earth. Great person. I am about to write him a thank-you note.

San Miguel was everything you described and more....what a town! I was up and around the third day (or two days after surgery), which I would have never believed would have been the case...but I would caution not to overdo it right away as is easy to do in San Miguel as there is so much to see and do...the fourth and fifth days I kind've "laid low" in the hotel room with audio books, which were a salvation, because you can't read very well then. But Brad didn't lay low and was out and about having a ball in this beautiful Spanish town. The weather is perfect every day, it's incredible. So peaceful and quiet....just the sun, the old cathedrals, those cobblestone streets and the endless stone walls from the 1600's! Fabulous. We took a taxi tour on Sunday, which was good, because I don't think I could have walked as much as it would have taken to get an overview of the town.

But the last two days, I was totally up and about and eating dinner at different great restaurants downtown and doing a lot of walking...these were things I never pictured being able to do so soon after major surgery.

I would recommend this whole trip and experience to anyone...it is the only way to go.

Thank you, Pat, for facilitating this trip and for being so very helpful all along. If anyone needs further information, please tell them I will be happy to answer questions.

Fondly,

Mary Lynn


Dear Pat,

Today is July 25, but I first wrote you a letter on the 17th following my July 9th surgery in San Miguel. That was 8 days after surgery, and I was shocked at how good my face looked. All of my swelling was gone and there was just a trace of bruise under each eye, which I was easily covering with make-up. I took a picture, and on seeing it I decided that my face was still a little swollen, but it certainly isn't any more. Everyone is saying I look GREAT and very rested, but no one knows what I've done except those that I've told. This is such a beautiful, soft look.

The experience in San Miguel was great. Thanks for introducing me to you client from California who came the next day - we were able to be supportive of each other during the first few days, and then we knocked around San Miguel together and enjoyed the trip.

I'll send you a picture of me now as soon as I have some developed and you will see a softer look, with lines much diminished and eyes opened up. It looks great. Thanks again for arranging that great experience for me.

Sincerely,

Carla Murphy
Attorney from Houston, TX


Thank you letter to Pat from Joe, U.S. Army and his wife Jeannie a realtor in Houston. 
They are a spousal couple in late 50's.

DEAR PAT,

WELL, WE ARE BETTER THAN FINE....I AM ALMOST TO A NATURAL LOOK....STILL FIND A SCAB OR A LITTLE WOUND HERE AND THERE. THE BEST PART FOR ME IS I GET UP IN THE MORNING AND LIKE WHAT I SEE....I LOOK AND SAY THANK YOU TO THE SURGEON AND ANDRE EVERYDAY. NOT ONLY DID THE SURGEON MAKE ME LOOK BETTER, ANDRE REINFORCED IT WITH HER ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND LOTS OF EXPLANATIONS ON HOW TO CARE FOR YOURSELF DURING RECOVERY.

I AM SO HAPPY THAT NOT ONLY HAS MY LOOKS BEEN TRANSFORMED, SO HAS MY

PERSONALITY. I FEEL MANICURED AND CONFIDENT, CONSEQUENTLY JOE HAS A

LOT EASIER LIFE. WE TOOK PICTURES OF BEFORE AND AFTER AND IN BETWEEN...I WILL SEND TO YOU PLEASE SEND BACK AS IT IS THE ONLY SET I MADE....

I WILL ALSO SEND YOU ONE OF ME JUST TWO MONTHS AFTER AND YOU WILL SEE A FRESH AND PLEASANT FACE.....I CAN'T FROWN ANYMORE, THE SURGEON FIXED THAT IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.

I AM A VERY OPEN PERSON AND I HAD TOLD ALL MY CLIENTS/LOAN OFFICERS I DO APPRAISALS FOR AND THEY HAVE LOOKED AND EXAMINED MY VERY FEW SCARS AND ARE AMAZED AT HOW I LOOK. THEY ARE VERY CURIOUS AND QUESTIONING HOW THIS AMOUNT OF TRANSFORMATION COULD HAVE TAKEN SO LITTLE TIME TO MEND PLUS ABSOLUTELY MINIMUM DISCOMFORT...I USE DISCOMFORT AS PAIN REALLY DID NOT ENTER INTO THE PICTURE.

FOR ME LIPO IS NEXT, FACE SURGERY WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN IN THIS LIFE I DON'T SUSPECT, BUT FOR ME, SUNNY HAPPY CAREFREE CONFIDENT, READY TO TACKLE WORK IN AN AGGRESSIVE MANNER CONTINUES WITH A NEW LEASE ON LIFE....I CAN DO ALL THESE THINGS, BECAUSE I HAVE THE FACE TO DO IT WITH....NOW IF I JUST HAD THE BODY!!!!! 

YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL FACE DAY....WE DO EVERYDAY!!!!

JEANNIE HALL

 

Dear Pat,

Just to reinforce what Jeannie has said;

1. She looks 20 years younger. The transformation is really outstanding. The surgery did more that change the way Jeannie looked, but also changed her outlook. And it is true. She tells EVERYBODY about the procedure, about the surgery and about how she feels about the cosmetic surgeon.

2. As for me, Jeannie says that I look younger and according to the pictures that were made before we left, I can see where that is true. The most amazing thing is that immediately after the surgery I started growing a moustache, so that when I came back to work, the only comment was that I looked really rested and they thought the moustache looked good. A classic case of misdirection. To this day no one in my family or at work know that I had the surgery and I plan on keeping it that way. All the folks that I work with think I am in my late 40's.

3. I apologize for not taking the time to write sooner, but have been especially busy on this project for DOD and army, however please forward this to the surgeon. I did not have any reservations about his technical expertise. If I had, we would not have gone. The care we were given while in the hospital and during recovery were outstanding. the surgeon shows a degree of concern for his patients and their welfare and well being that is exemplary.

4. The only thing that I would have done differently would be to leave the stitches in below my earlobe a while longer. I am a rough sleeper and the area immediately below my left ear came "unstuck". It took another several weeks for this area to re-heal.

5. Massaging the areas is certainly bringing the "feeling" back into these areas and the sensitivity is returning. Men may be more aware of this than women because of shaving once or twice daily.

Again, the cosmetic surgeon and staff are great. The arrangements made thru your office were a cut above and could not be better. I especially appreciate your extra help on departure day due to the missed flight. ( Lesson here: leave a little early to anticipate any traffic problems). Jeannie and I would be happy to talk to any future clients and feel free to forward this to anyone.

Joe


Dear Patricia, 

We wanted to express our satisfaction  at our stay at the hotel in San Miguel de Allende. 

The place was immaculate, quiet, and the gardens were lovely. It was a perfect place in which to recuperate! No, it did not matter to us that the bathroom was not floor-to ceiling Carrera marble. 

While the staff was not entirely bilingual, they totally made up for it by their effort to communicate, their kindness, courtesy, and efficiency. We truly felt pampered! 

Before I left for San Miguel, I made a list of restaurants that I wanted to try.  We loved the food,  the atmosphere and the service so much at the hotel that we only went out once for a meal! 

Marie
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Pat !

I didn't exactly know that a really big boost in self-confidence is a by-product of my fresh, new look. Well, now I know... I was back at work this week, as of Sept. 3rd. Nobody noticed anything. I look normal, only fifteen years younger. I talked to Sigrid for a long time this afternoon. I only have praise and positives for my experience with the clinic, the results of surgery, the cosmetic surgeon, and the hacienda. I also responded to Mari, in Colorado, by long-ass E-mail. She is scheduled for Oct. 11. I don't have "AFTER" photos yet, which she wanted, but as soon as I do, I will send you the entire package. I was busy with long work days this week. Don't hesitate to give out my telephone number or E-mail address to interested clients (I don't have anything negative to say about my FaceLiftMex experience). I am here to spread the word. I think you told me that Melinda had accompanied you in 1994 on your journey. My vacation in Mexico was outstanding.

We shall be friends always. 

Luv,

Michael, RN from San Francisco
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Letter from Carolynne, from Birmingham, Al, to Wanda in Houston

Hi Wanda!

I received Pat Marino's note forwarding your concerns while I was gone on a Panama Canal Cruise. My cousin from Ft. Worth and I (I grew up in Houston and graduated from UH) had our facelifts last August 14 and 15. We were both 69 at the time (70 now - can't believe I'm that old!). We are both delighted. We had no problems - no pain, although there is discomfort. We took care of each other's stitches (clean with peroxide daily) and relaxed and watched movies on TV. The surgeon is a wonderful caring man. I can't imagine having surgery here and going home the same day. When we flew home makeup covered the bruising that was left, and of course we had sunglasses and a hat. We never had problems with the draining of stitches. Within 6 weeks we were really back to normal (but looked better!).

Patsy and I are so pleased with our new faces. My hairdresser says mine is the best facelift she's ever seen - and she's interested in having one herself. He didn't do my forehead as he said I didn't need it, but now that the rest of my face is so smooth, I notice the forehead creases more. I have not broadcast the fact that I have had a facelift, but I lost almost 20 pounds before going to Mexico, so when I came back out in public everyone thinks my face just got slimmer, too!

I look forward to answering any questions you may have. 

Regards, 

Carolynne


 

Pat,I would only say that you represented your entire package very well. the surgeon, Andrea, and the hospital staff were exceptional.The hotel and the San Miguel community were ideal. We could not have hoped for a better setting in which to spend the week after surgery.Sincerely,

Greg


These letters are from Susan Hendricks, M.D. an American in the US Army, stationed in Germany, who flew from Germany to Mexico to have her facelift by my famous surgeon.

Hello Robin,

Your testimonial was forwarded to me by Patricia Marino. Your photo is really impressive - you look great and the surgeon clearly did an  outstanding job! I am a physician and was considering becoming a surgeon at one point, so have worked with plastic surgeons and seen many procedures performed. I know quality when I see it. I also know that the last true bargains in plastic surgery are found in Mexico and Brazil - it's just out of reach financially for most of us working souls in the US.

I've also had an endoscopic brow lift done and eyelid job (lower need redoing), as well as reduction of a bad nasal fracture after an  accident, so I know what to expect. My question is mainly about the  scars in the hair. I wear my hair all pulled back into a bun. How  visible are the scars and did you have any trouble with thinning hair  over them? Patricia told me the scars in front of the ears are actually  hidden inside the ears. It's amazing how many American surgeons still  put the scar outside of the ears. I met a women when I was an intern  who had had a facelift in Mexico and had no scar lines visible as they  were inside the ears - I was so impressed (maybe she went to this doc!)  Anyway, the hairdo is my main concern, because I don't want to change  pulling my hair back. Also, how much of a scar is there behind the  ears? I know it's going to show, but I'll live with that - just  curious.

Thanks a lot, and I sure appreciate you sharing your experience with others!

Susan Hendricks
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Hi Susan,

On the scar issue: Scars are inside the ear as Patricia told you.  My scars behind my ears are actually right at the hairline and a little  into the hairline.  When I hold a mirror back there I can't see  anything now.  I had a little bit of a raised problem on one scar  behind one ear because I wear glasses and they must have rubbed it  while healing.  My local dermatologist injected the scar with cortisone  and it flattened right out.  The incisions that actually run across the  sides of your scalp are completely hidden by my hair, as a matter of  fact I can't even find them or feel them.  I have fine wispy hair and  you cannot see any scarring.  I suppose it is possible there was a  little thinning immediately after the surgery but I can't tell any  difference now.  I would think you would still be able to wear your  hair pulled back with no problems.  Now, the doctor might not want you  to pull your hair tight while you are healing, I'm not sure about that.  I wear my hair totally on top of my head a lot (particularly in hot  weather) and I don't see any scars (unless I am missing them!)  But  trust me when I say my friends would be the first to tell me.  We  examine each other ruthlessly.........a group of us has even made the  "pledge"......if we ever spot a whisker hair it must be eradicated  immediately!!!! Sounds like you have done your research, I know you  will be pleased with your experience. 

Robin

Hi Robin,

Thanks so much for your prompt reply. You don't know how much you've set my mind at ease! I'm still telling folks at work about my plans because I know it will look like "something" has happened when I return to work on Postop day 12, but I didn't want it to be obvious to everyone I passed. I knew a woman who had to wear a wig or wide headband to cover up the scars and hair thinning. I suppose it could always happen even in the best hands, but sounds unlikely. Having a meticulous touch helps! Thanks again for your willingness to share your experience! 

Best wishes, 

Susan
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Letter from Daryl and reply from Marilyn, who is an RN from Baltimore, MD- Date: Oct. 2001

In a message dated 10/8/01 10:00:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time, darylhartnett@yahoo.com writes:

I understand that the surgeon does not use a general so I guess I won't suffer with the nausea, but now I am worried about waking up in the middle or feeling "things" during the face lift.

What horrible experiences you have had. I am positive you will not go through any of that in Celaya. First of all, there will be an MD anesthesiologist in the OR with you the entire time. The surgeon can tell how deeply asleep you are by the degree of the relaxation of the muscle and will alert the anesthesiologist who will increase the IV medication if it is indicated. He and the cardiologist have been part of the surgeons team for over 10 years and work very well together. A registered nurse will start an IV while you are still in your room. Medication will be added to this IV by the anesthesiologist. General anesthesia is not used, you are in control of your breathing during the procedure. I remember the surgeon reaching across the stretcher to help transfer me to the operating table and the next thing I remember was waking as they were moving me from the stretcher to my bed in my room. The surgeon and his assistant were helping move me! The IV will stay in for 24 hours and pain medication, sedation, and antibiotics will be given around the clock by the nurses. I was able to wake up to get up to the bathroom but otherwise I just slept. The surgeon makes very early rounds and will change your head dressing the morning after surgery. He stopped in again at lunch time, in the afternoon and then again late evening at which time he handed me a sleeping pill to take when I was ready to call it a night. He is very attentive and carefully monitors your intake. You are on a liquid diet post op. Hope you like green jello. After that you are on a bland diet with no caffeine or booze for 5 days. The waiters at the hotel where you go to recuperate all know his orders so it is difficult to not follow this regime. LOL. His office is in the hospital on the first floor so he can respond quickly if nursing calls him about a problem. The surgeon lives in Celaya and is always available to the staff at the hospital. You will love him. He is just a joy! Very caring and attentive with a good sense of humor. He listens well. His brother, Reuban, is the one who met me at the Leon airport and drove me to the hospital. Very communicative with a great sense of humor. Reuban opens doors and carries luggage and takes you to your room at the hospital and gives you a little orientation. This is an exceedingly well planned operation, everything is very efficient and timely.

Regards,
Marilyn


My name is Mary Lynn Myers and I got your addresses from Pat Marino in Florida. I'm strongly considering a facelift in January, and wanted to get in touch with a few people who have been through the process. I admit to being a bit scared as this is the very first time for me, plus going to another country to do it, etc. etc.

There are a million questions, but I'll throw out just a few: 

Is ten days enough to stay in San Miguel, what shape is your face in when you come back and how long does it take before you can get out and about with concealing makeup on? 

YES, 10 DAYS IS PLENTY AND WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO STAY. YOU CAN GO OUT IN SMA RIGHT AWAY AND WHEN HOME RIGHT AWAY.

 Is the lift very painful and how long does that pain last? 

I FELT NO PAIN!!! A LITTLE DISCOMFORT, BUT NOT BAD. 

Were you ever worried that you'd come back to the USA and have complications and be so far away from the surgeon? NEVER!!! Has that ever happened to any of you? 

NO, AND THERE WERE TWO OF US. MY HUSBAND AND I, OF WHOM ARE ON THE SITE. WE ARE 64 AND 72. ON THE SITE WE WERE TWO YEARS YOUNGER. 

How did you find the surgeon and his staff? were they attentive while you were there? 

UNBELIEVABLY FRIENDLY, CARING AND ATTENTIVE. CHECKED ON US FOUR TIMES A DAY. 

Any complaints? 

NOT ONE. 

Would you do it all over again if you had to? 

ABSOLUTELY AND ONLY WITH THIS DOCTOR. 

How are your results?

 PEOPLE THINK THAT I AM ABOUT 45 AND MY HUSBAND ABOUT 52. 

Are you all pleased? 

COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED. 

Was the entire experience good? (the trip, the town of San Miguel, the facelift operation?)

WE WENT BACK TO SEE THE DOCTOR AND HIS ASSISTANT ANDREA. BOTH ARE PROFESSIONAL AND VERY DELIGHTFUL PEOPLE. WE FEEL OF THEM AS FRIENDS AND I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE. 

 Is there anything you would caution me about? 

NOPE, JUST FOLLOW THEIR DIRECTIONS. SAN MIGUEL IS BEAUTIFUL WITH SOME GREAT RESTAURANTS AND FOOD. GREAT CITY AND WE WILL BE BACK THERE TO SIGHTSEE AGAIN. THREE AND FOUR TIMES MORE!! GOOD LUCK AND YOU WILL BE VERY HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS. YOU COULDN'T BE IN BETTER HANDS. I THANK PAT MARINO FOR THIS WONDERFUL SERVICE SHE IS PROVIDING. 

Anything you guys can tell me is more than I know now and I would be so appreciative. As soon as I hear from you, I will make my plans.

Thank you so much.

Mary Lynn Myers

Boulder, Colorado


Hi Rosie,

I know exactly how you feel, I was nervous too, but I am so glad I did it. The surgeon is the one who does all the facelifts on Pat Marino's program. She interviewed tons of different doctors but for lots of reasons she settled on him. She will tell you all about that. I had no complications, but part of the reason I chose to do it in Mexico is that you are in a hospital with full staff and facilities rather than in a doctor's office as an outpatient the way it is commonly done in the States. That way if anything does go wrong, you have the best situation for handling it. And from what I have learned the critical period is the first 24 hours. Usually if anything goes wrong it will be right away. I also asked Pat what if I am not happy about how it turns out, and she said Dr. B would welcome any patient back at no extra charge. I guess this never happens, she says the only complaint she has ever heard is that the results were on the conservative side. It has now been 3 months since my surgery and most people who notice a change think it is my hair. I really haven't changed my hair, but people have complimented my "new hairdo" saying I look 20 years younger with my hair this way! (If you really want to throw people off, change your hair for real.) Did Pat tell you I kept it a secret from my husband who was away for a month, and always was opposed adamantly to cosmetic surgery. He came back 2 and a half weeks after my surgery and didn't notice it. However his eyesight is not so good. My experience was the bruising was almost gone by about two weeks, but my face was still a little tight and swollen, and people would notice something odd. If you want to do it without anybody realizing it stay away three weeks. I wish I had stayed longer because it turned out to be one of the best holidays I've ever had...I want to go back this year and spend more time there, it was so idyllic, so pleasant, so stimulating and so affordable! I finally told my husband and he was astonished. He really could not tell until he put on his eyeglasses and examined before and after photos. The results are very natural looking. I hated my wrinkly creepy neck and now I have the neck of a 25-year-old, smooth and  young. But nobody remembers my old neck. They think I am wearing a new makeup or have a new haircut. Or they think because I recently sold my business that I am so relaxed and rid of tensions. It is really amazing. The fee I paid covered everything, even the pain pills and antibiotics he gave me to take after leaving the hospital, (I didn't need the pain pills, but did take sleeping pills which he also gave me because it was hard to get really comfortable); he removed the stitches at the hotel. No extra charges for anything, but I did tip the driver of the car $10 for each transfer. He even arranged a driver to show up at 5:30 a.m. for the early plane from Leon back to Houston.  

After spending time in Mexico I am convinced that the average Latin has an artistic gene, everyone is creative and tuned it to visual aesthetics. One day I noticed the shower curtain in the hotel was tied back with a rosette fashioned from a paper towel. Even the maids are creative and artistic, just for the joy of it. I could go on and on, but I think even if I could afford an expensive US surgeon, why do it any other way? I have seen so many scary facelifts in Aspen from women to whom price is no obstacle. You know that stretched wind-tunnel effect? I was afraid of that.

 Feel free to ask me about anything else that comes to mind. Good luck.

Mari


Hi Mary Lynn:

Sorry for a 2 day delay in answering your e-mail, I was out of town on business. First and foremost the doctor, staff, hospital and everyone else will make you feel like a queen. The care is excellent and you will be quite comfortable at the hospital. Frankly I had no pain at all, even right after surgery and I had a full face lift and eye lift. I felt achy, and a little headachy plus that tight swollen feeling but no real discomfort. I felt like sightseeing and enjoyed my time in San Miguel. It really is a vacation. Your 3 day stay in the hospital should cover the time that any "complications" might occur. I was ready to leave the next day! Be sure and take lots of books and magazines to pass the time because the TV was in Spanish at the hospital. 10 days after the surgery, there is no way to have complications. the only immediate concern would be infection or bleeding or something and I haven't heard of anyone who has had that problem but that would occur BEFORE you leave the hospital. You are perfectly able to take care of yourself. Remember when you have a facelift in the states they send you home THAT DAY.

Everyone is different on bruising. I was quite bruised but that is always a problem for me. By the time I got home makeup did a good job of covering up and I just didn't worry about it in Mexico! Everybody in SM will know what you are there for because there are other ladies and men doing the same thing! It was a great conversation starter and I met a lot of nice people. There is a very large American population there running shops, galleries, etc so it was very fun. I went back to work immediately upon my return.

If you think of any other questions, please feel free to contact me. 

Robin Wicker

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