Cosmetic surgery at Plastic Surgery Tijuana can help improve your appearance, but it’s not for everyone. Know what to consider before surgery, how to find a certified surgeon and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Cosmetic surgery, or plastic surgery, might seem like the easiest way to shave years off your appearance or improve your physique. If you’re not satisfied with your appearance, cosmetic surgery might help you look and feel better.

Cosmetic surgery, however, has risks and limitations. If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, here’s what you need to know.

Dr. Juan Pablo Cervantes

How long is the wait for an appointment for consultation?

A Consultation appointment at Plástica Tijuana Surgery can be made by phone, email or thru our web site. The Waiting time it’s about a week.

How long does it take to schedule surgery, if I elect to have a procedure?

Scheduling a surgery procedure can be made by our web site, email or phone. Blood work, cardiologist evaluation, EKG, anesthesiologist pre-surgical evaluation and our surgical planning are done prior to scheduling your surgery. Remember that we are a safety first surgical team. A 200 usd deposit is required to schedule surgery date. Scheduling wait for a surgery it’s two weeks.

How does a doctor become Board Certified?

By choosing a plastic surgeon who is board certified by The Mexican Board of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, you can be assured that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed at least five years of additional training as a resident surgeon in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Medical Education. This includes a minimum of five years of residency training in all areas of surgery, including at least two years devoted entirely to plastic surgery. Certification is a voluntary process a surgeon seeks after this training. To become certified, the doctor then must pass comprehensive written and oral exams.

We suggest you visit the link Consejo Mexicano de Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva, A.C. and click on “Especialistas Certificados” to check whether a doctor is board certified by Mexican Board of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

What is the Meaning of Board Certification?

The certification process is designed to assure the public that a certified medical specialist has successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation, including an examination process designed to assess the knowledge, experience and skills requisite to the provision of high quality patient care in that specialty.

Board certification demonstrate a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or sub specialty of medical practice. Board certification signals a physician’s commitment and expertise in consistently achieving superior clinical outcomes in a responsive, patient-focused setting. Board certification measures of a physician’s knowledge, experience and skills to provide quality healthcare within a given specialty.

The meaning of board certification is an indication that the specialist has completed an approved medical education program and an evaluation, including an examination designed to assess the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to provide high quality care in that specialty at the time the certificate is awarded.

Is Board Certification in Plastic Surgery the Best?

Board Certification status is one tool a patient can use when deciding on a surgeon. It tells the health care consumer about the training and examinations in the specialty field that a surgeon has completed.

Is Board Certification in Plastic Surgery the Best?

Good plastic surgeon qualifications that you need to consider and important information that should be available to you.

· Is the doctor Board Certified and is that specialty area appropriate to the procedure you are considering?
· What qualifications/training does the physician have to perform the procedure in question?
· How many of this type of procedure has he/she performed?
· How many of this type of procedure does he/she perform each year?
· If you are considering a new procedure, how did the doctor obtain training for this?
· Has the doctor had many problems or complications with this procedure?
· Do you feel comfortable with that doctor?

Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?

The best candidate for plastic surgery is an individual in good general health who has reasonable expectations about his or her appearance. During your initial consultation, it is extremely important to be honest while discussing your goals and concerns so the surgeon can make an informed, realistic assessment about your candidacy for plastic surgery.

Is plastic surgery safe?

All surgical procedures involve risk. Selecting a qualified surgeon is the best way to reduce your chance of experiencing a complication. It is also important to follow all of your doctor’s pre- and post- operative instructions carefully to be sure that you are prepared for surgery and that your body is appropriately cared for after your procedure.

How much pain, recovery time, and scarring should I expect?

Every individual is different, and individual responses to plastic surgery may vary. Your doctor can advise you of how much pain to expect and provide you with medication to minimize discomfort. Your doctor can also inform you about reasonable expectations for recovery time and scarring concerns for your procedure type during your consultation.

Are there any products or behaviors I should limit to prepare for surgery?

To prepare for surgery, please observe the following guidelines on both the day before and day of your surgery:

· It is important that you do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day prior to surgery.
· You should shower with an antibacterial soap (e.g. Dial, Phisoderm), the day before surgery as well as the day of surgery, but avoid scrubbing areas that have been marked for your procedure.
· Do not shave the surgical area or apply moisturizing lotion.
· Wear minimal makeup to the hospital.
· Wear loose fitting, button-front clothing. Leave jewelry and other valuables at home.
· Arrive at the hospital one hour prior to your scheduled surgery time.

What should I expect immediately after surgery?

After your surgery is complete, you will remain in the recovery room for approximately one hour before being transferred to the post surgical care area. If you are an outpatient, you will be discharged by the nurses when your condition is stable, usually about two to four hours after your procedure is completed. You must be accompanied by someone who can drive you home and you will also need assistance at home for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Limit you activities for the first 24 hours and begin taking the pain medications and antibiotics prescribed during your pre-operative appointment. Be sure to contact the doctor if you have any unusual symptoms or other concerns.

When can I resume my normal activities?

Eating It is not unusual to not feel very hungry after surgery, but it is best to take your medications with something in your stomach. Small amounts of clear, non-carbonated liquids and bland foods may be tolerated better after anesthesia. You may continue to adjust your diet after surgery as you feel comfortable.

Driving You should avoid driving for at least one week following your procedure and you should never drive while taking pain medication or if pain limits your ability to move quickly. You will need someone to drive you on the day of surgery as well as the day of your first follow-up appointment.

Showering If you have been instructed to leave your bandages in place you may only sponge bathe until your doctor removes the dressings. Do not take a bath if you have drains in place, and use only luke warm water for your first few showers after surgery. Make sure someone else is nearby to assist you if you feel lightheaded, and face away from the shower and allow the water to run over your shoulders. Your doctor can inform you when it is appropriate to resume showering normally.

Exercising / Lifting After surgery, you will be unable to exercise or perform heavy lifting for four to six weeks. You should restrict your activity to avoid prolonged swelling that can stretch the skin and avoid lifting objects over your head. Also, changes in blood pressure associated with exercise or strenuous activity can cause bleeding problems.

What warning signs should I watch for in the days and weeks following surgery?

The following symptoms may indicate possible warning signs. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following:

· Sudden increased pain in the area of surgery
· Sudden persistent swelling at the surgical site
· Numbness in any extremity
· Fever greater than 101.5 degrees
· Redness of incision or surgical area
· Wound separation
· Drainage or bleeding from the incision
· Swelling or pain in the calf
· Persistent nausea or vomiting
· Inability to urinate after surgery
· Any other unusual symptoms that concern you


At Plástica Tijuana, we are here to help you. We take the time to explain our procedures and answer your questions. We want you to feel comfortable and confident before deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery. You can expect a warm, friendly attitude from our highly professional staff. Our staff is highly trained in advanced medical procedures and observes strict safety protocols, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.