I had never liked my smile, but through the years my teeth had become worn down and chipped, and so my smile was even worse. I have to say that now, after placing 18 crowns, 10 uppers, and 8 lowers, I finally have the smile of my dreams. I still can't get over how great my teeth look! The dentists from Baja Dental Group are fantastic. I am retired, and could never have afforded this in the US. My local dentist had quoted me $22,000, but in Mexicali, it only cost me $6300, and that was placing zirconia crowns, which are the best crowns made. I am very happy! Thanks to the dentist Dr. Slim and staff!! Jim Garza, Phoenix, AZ
This is Jim Crayne again. It has now been 16 months since I had the Gastric Sleeve surgery. I have lost 125 pounds, having gone from 340 lbs to 215 lbs. There have been a lot of major changes in my life, (as well as my wardrobe!!). My blood pressure was extremely high, and meds could not get it under control. Now i only take about 1/3 the amount of medication, and my blood pressure is finally well within the acceptable levels. 117 over 70. I finally can go out and walk my dog, without running out of breath, and am actually working out a couple of times a week in the gym. My waist went from 56 inches to 38. I still have a way to go, but am starting to get a lot closer to my desired weight.
The first 3 months, the weight fell off, and I lost 50 pounds. After that, it was a lot slower. I found that I had leveled off, and stopped lossing about 3 months ago. So I then decided to watch what I eat more carefully, and with the work in the gym, I have lost 15 pounds in 6 weeks.
I have a friend who had the same surgery, but has started gaining weight again. But I saw that when I was with hime, he is eating twice as much as I do, and eats a lot of meat. This surgery is a tool, and not going to work in the long run, if you don't take care of yourself. If you eat crap, you will start to gain again. If you over eat, you can start to stretch out your stomach, and increase the volume again. But I found this surgey to be a great way to get my weight under control, and to start to make the lifestyle changes to keep the weight off.
My experience of Gastric Sleeve surgery, by Jim Crayne:
, For a long time I’ve been in search of a clinic or facility that can help me fix my nose. Though it seems that having your nose done is quite normal these days, I still felt apprehensive about the procedure since it is a surgery that affects one’s appearance. I needed to feel secure about the risks involving it.
Fortunately, I found Baja Medical Group and though it was in Mexicali, Mexico, I felt that it didn’t matter where the clinic was as long as they will treat me right and do a good job and a successful operation. They didn’t fail at all. As soon as I came for my pre-consultation, they made every possible effort to make me feel comfortable and to alleviate my nervousness about my upcoming procedure. The doctor who took charge of me was very patient, very kind and very confident since he’s done several thousand nose jobs. I was able to feel reassured that I was in the right hands.
Once the operation was done, I took my time in the recovery room and I appreciated the fact that they monitored me and made sure I was doing well. Now several weeks later, I am all healed up, the swelling is gone, and I look fantastic. I can’t believe the difference this has made. I couldn’t be more pleased.
I can only say good things about my experience with Baja Group. I highly recommend them for your cosmetic surgery procedures.
Ana Maria Gonzalez, Glendale, AZ
I had been waiting a long time for my breast implants procedure, there’s no doubt about it. But what stopped me before wasn’t the cost, but what other people’s reaction to the actual procedure will be. When people used to hear about women
getting breast augmentation, they naturally assumed the worst and they thought
you’re a “wanna-be celebrity” for even contemplating on increasing your breast
size. But that’s in the past and improvements in breast augmentation procedures have only increased my determination to get mine as soon as I was able.
Now, as soon as I’ve decided I was going to have breast augmentation done, the next question was where. Of course, having it done right here in my own country was my first choice but costs were prohibitive so I have to look elsewhere. The MEDAC Medical Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico sounded like a good choice, since they are so close to the US, and they have nice facilities. Their proximity to the US is actually one of their advantages and their doctors apparently have a lot of clients, which gives them a lot of experience.
Going to Mexico to have my breast augmentation was a first. I felt very relieved
when I saw how comfortable their office and clinic were and my nervousness
abated when I saw how well-equipped their operating rooms are. They really specialize in cosmetic surgery and the staff knew how to make you feel relaxed and comfortable while you’re there.
My doctor was very easy to talk with, very patient in explaining to me just exactly what I have to undergo –both in surgery and with post-operative care - which made me appreciate the time that he took to make me feel at ease. I’ve been to some doctors who were so rushed to move on to the next patient that it felt like they weren’t really listening to me. I was hooked when I felt that he really considered what I wanted and was very gentle in letting me know the realities of what can be
The surgery itself went pretty well and it was only a matter of time when I found myself in the recovery room. They were closely monitoring my vitals and ready to help me if needed. The doctor talked with me very thoroughly about post operative care, and helped me to feel reashured.
All in all, I am very happy with the results and the discomfort during the recovery period was minimal and expected. Now, that I am fully recovered, I can honestly say I am satisfied with my new breast size and I have to thank the doctors and staff at Baja Group for making my dream come true.
Diana, When I first considered getting breast implants, it took not just one but multiple incidents of re-thinking and going over the facts before finally deciding on having my breast augmentation done with Baja Medical Group in Mexicali, Mexico.
Naturally, I was apprehensive, because to be honest, I really wanted to have the breast augmentation procedure done in the US. But the reality is, insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic surgery and this was the best option for me, under the circumstances.
I really have no regrets about my decision. When I first went in for a consult, I
was immediately made welcome and comfortable by the friendly staff, which really
lessened the nervousness that I felt. Then I sat down with my doctor and we were going over my options, taking into account what I wanted done and what was realistic for my body figure. He was very patient in explaining what the procedure would entail and whatever questions I had, he was able to answer. It also helped that he has done the procedure hundreds of times, which speaks of his experience, and that somehow made it easier to make up my mind.
The procedure itself was very ordinary. I knew that I would be well-treated
because I saw first-hand how professional the staff was and how orderly,
organized and well-equipped the clinic was when I first went there. I was told beforehand that there will be soreness and stiffness a few days after the surgery but that pain was easily treated with medication which I was prescribed. I had the option of staying overnight if I wanted to and I did because I didn’t want to travel as
soon as the surgery was done. But it’s not necessary if you don’t want to.
Recovery will really have to depend on how well you followed their post-operative instructions, so I did everthing they told me to do.
Now that I am completely healed, and all the swelling has gone, I am very happy with how it all turned out. My breasts look completely natural, and you cannot see any scaring. I have recommended Baja Group to several of my friends.
Diana Jimenez, Las Vegas
There are many cosmetic surgery procedures today that have become very popular, like a face lift, a nose job or breast augmentation (breast implants). It
was different for me, since the procedure that I needed to undergo was less
popular. I needed breast reduction which was a slightly more complicated procedure than simply adding implants to increase your breast size. It took
a while before I was ready to commit to the surgery and it was only because I
found Baja Medical Group, and was able to talk to the patient rep., that I felt convinced of my choice. The doctors and staff were the reason why I made up my mind to push forward with it, and do the surgery.
Baja Medical Group uses a relatively small hospital, but it is fully-equipped, so that it is capable of handling complicated cosmetic surgery. That is one of the
reasons why it was easy for me to decide to come to Mexicali, Mexico and have my
breast reduction done there. Aside from the fact that their doctors are highly-experienced surgeons, with an extremely long roster of satisfied clients, the staff in the clinic also exhibited a high degree of professionalism. Also, I was made to feel so welcome the moment I entered the clinic, and that’s saying a lot, especially
since most clients like me are conscientious and nervous when having to expose
themselves to strangers.
Since breast reduction involves several steps more than breast augmentation, you can bet that I kept asking questions about each step so that I know exactly what I’m getting into. This has to be done so that you and your doctor can agree on the course of action for step in the process. You need not be afraid to ask questions because you need to know these things, especially the “after” results so that if anything feels “wrong” during recovery, you can immediately seek treatment for
Breast reduction often takes longer to recover from so you need to take this into account when you plan your procedure. You may have to miss some work days but if you really want to do this, then it’s a sacrifice that you have to make. I especially liked the fact that post-operative instructions were given me when the surgery was done so that I knew exactly what to do, what to avoid and basically how to take care of myself after surgery. It’s a plus that gets overlooked by some clinics and that’s why, I highly recommend Baja Medical Group. Veronica P., Las Vegas, NV
This blog is here to chronical the experiences of actual patients at the Baja Dental & Medical Network. The purpose is to be a help to others who are anticipating similar procedures.