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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
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
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."
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
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...
Susan Hendricks, MD
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
I'm a Lifetime Member and wanted to give you feedback r.e.
Faceliftmexico.com, which was mentioned last summer in one of your
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.
Susan Hendricks MD (IL Lifetime Member)
Thank you letter from Andrew, from British
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
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
October 5, 2003
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
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
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
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
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.
Letter from Mary Lynne, Boulder CO to Rosilea
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
PERSONALITY. I FEEL MANICURED AND CONFIDENT, CONSEQUENTLY JOE
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!!!!
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
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
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
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!
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.
Michael, RN from San Francisco
Letter from Carolynne, from Birmingham, Al, to
Wanda in Houston
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.
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,
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.
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
Thanks a lot, and I sure appreciate you sharing your experience with
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.
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!
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, email@example.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.
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.
There are a million questions, but I'll throw out just a
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
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
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.
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
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
Thank you so much.
Mary Lynn Myers
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.
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